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From My Perspective Hardcover – September 1, 2010
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This would be a great book for a gift for anyone on your list that loves music. Joe has sung different types of music and he seems to like most of them, except like all of us that are getting up in years, the "Rap" or what ever the young people call that loud noise of today.
This book was graciously sent to me by Sheaf House Publication for review.
This is the kind of book that doesn't often exist in our world today. At first glance, one might be tempted to think it is just another celebrity recalling memories of the good old days. Not so. While HE never says so, Bonsall's best days are clearly ahead of him. This is an important read for the entire family--full of warmth, questions, and lessons learned. "Barney The Barn Swallow" was a particularly intimate portrait of a creature reminiscent of many of our fellow man...hugely important in the scheme of life, but often overlooked.
Did you love "The Andy Griffith Show"? "Wonder Years"? You will find the same laughter and love in "From My Perspective". Buy at least two. You'll want to keep yours and give one as a gift to someone you care about!
I was attracted to the book when a friend e-mailed me a copy of one of the memoirs, "A Trip Back Home," which describes an impromptu drive through Philadelphia to the author's old Harrowgate Park neighborhood. About three weeks earlier, I had taken that same drive while writing my own memoir about the game in which Babe Ruth played first base for a local church team in the shadow of the Tioga Street El station, one block from Harrowgate Park. It was the heart of Philadelphia's textile manufacturing industry. When Bonsall lived there, the textile industry was dying; and the Pennsylvania Railroad was not far behind. Old-timers were moving north and east to the more comfortable suburbs and financially stressed immigrants were moving in to replace them, albeit without the jobs that the textile mills once provided.
The memoirs give the reader a glimpse of the young man growing up in a densely populated rowhouse neighborhood. His father, a decorated combat veteran of the Normandy invasion in World War II, was incapacitated by a stroke at age thirty-nine. His mother was also a veteran of World War II. Young Joey gives up his job in a nearby sugar refinery, and elects to follow a dream singing with a quartet in the gospel circuit. As his singing career progresses, he joins an established singing group, The Oak Ridge Boys. Thirty-seven years later, Joey has been enjoying the benefits of big-time country music for quite a while. He no longer lives in a crowded inner city neighborhood; he lives on his 400-acre farm in Tennessee.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've read this book twice since I received it in June. I learned some things about the Oaks; I laughed; in some parts of the book I shed a few tears. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Sharon White Ellis
Joe is not only a musical legend but a great story teller. You will not be disappointed in his books! One of the nicest guys I've met in the music business! A+Published 6 months ago by Larry Pancake
Light, easy to read book that really makes you aware of Joe Bonsall's perspective and values on multiple issues all through short chapters-- each on a different topic. Read morePublished 6 months ago by JoAnn Danberg
I loved reading this book, it is full of inspiration, wisdom, and it shows what kind of man this great author is. I truly enjoy reading his great writings.Published 11 months ago by KW #1TRUEOAKSFAN
I purchased this as a gift and when asked was told they enjoyed it.Published 13 months ago by vivian helm
First I read "G.I. Joe and Lilly" and now this. Both great stories. Thank you Joe.
Dennis Michael Dutton