- Paperback: 232 pages
- Publisher: Shleppedicke Pr (September 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 097429005X
- ISBN-13: 978-0974290058
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,599,931 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Memoirs of a Born Shlepper: Never Give Ocd a Third Thought Paperback – September, 2003
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Top Customer Reviews
Author Rod Fadem's humor is reminiscent of Woody Allen in his prime. Subtleties abound in this tongue-in-cheek memoir which follows the self-proclaimed "Shlepper" through his eventful life-from his actual conception, a "near miss" at his circumcision, strange events at his Bar Mitzvah, bizarre army events and promotion, to such diverse experiences as a stint on the comedy stage and several experiences in international travel (I fell off my chair laughing at his recounting of the overnight train ride and the fellow passenger who mistook his toupee for a rat!). And...I will never look at a pawn shop sign again in the same way after reading the description of his vacation at a nudist resort in France! Throughout the book, Mr. Fadem continues to poke fun at himself for his bumbling ways in dealing with his OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) He takes plenty of license in describing events but, I quickly learned to distinguish between the actual events and his fantasies-such as the funny description of how his name showed up in the Torah's "Bible Code" or the many times that his guardian angel "Shleppriel" came to his rescue. Mr. Fadem has written a memoir in a style that I wish more authors would follow--not just for the style of humor but for the ability to treat a serious subject such as OCD in a way that doesn't simply pander to the reader's heartstrings. I never felt uncomfortable or that my emotions were being coerced. Instead, I came away with a deep appreciation for Mr. Fadem's tremendous accomplishments in spite of his OCD. Whereas so many OCDers struggle with simply holding down a steady job, he has done that and more-from having a long-term marriage, raising children, writing a couple of books and most of all, never being afraid to experience life.
I would highly recommend the book
A very good and easy read! I recommend it !
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Rod Fadem knows how to temper pain with humor, and that is what makes this book enjoyable and poignant.
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Reading this book for an assignment on OCD, I was prepared for a boring account of a man who lived with OCD and all the struggles he faced. Read morePublished on October 10, 2009 by A. Boles
Fun read, especially for those who have been there. The author writes well, and is fairly easy to follow. Interesting, with an accurate portrayal of living with the disorder.Published on January 6, 2009 by Victorian reader