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  • File Size: 261 KB
  • Print Length: 96 pages
  • Publication Date: March 9, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004RCNWNO
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I'm a 47 year old African-American, Chicagoan who loves my city very much! I've been writing since the age of nine and in 2005, I had to reinvent myself and find another career due to a nagging back problem. Writing was always a hobby in my mind and here was a chance to live out a life long dream of becoming an author. I have this saying: my disability doesn't define me, my writing does that very well!

My friend author Joshua Graham once told me: "Don't ever let anyone or anything discourage you. Keep writing and keep getting the word out. It's a marathon rather than a sprint."

I love to cook, watch movies, attend cultural events, & theatre. I also enjoy exploring different culture and their cuisine.

I love Japanese, especially sushi. I also love Mexican, Creole and Italian. But some of my comfort foods would be Mac & Cheese, Fried Chicken wings and anything that has Blueberries.

Smallville, Leverage, Supernatural, Hawthorne, Nitkita, Daily Show, Colbert Report, Being Human are my favorite shows.

You can follow me on Facebook at http://on.fb.me/dWfJFD
And also on Twitter http://twitter.com/RichardACuster
email me at takemehome2011@msn.com

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mandy Grace on March 30, 2011
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Excellent, enjoyable read. Deals with one man's struggle with attempted suicide and his journey through inpatient treatment. Custer's style of writing brings the characters to life and into your heart. It shows that depression/suicide knows no age, gender, or skin color. That treatment is there to help, but can not solve your problems, you have to do it for yourself. And that we are loved even when we think we are not.
At the end of the book you are left wanting more. I hope he writes a sequel so readers can continue taking the journey with Micheal. I also hope this book gets to publishing in hard copy so it can reach out and touch even more people, and be used as a tool to help others.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Janet Brown on April 4, 2011
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This was different to read, even the writing style was different but still a good read from a young man's eyes from his suicide attempt to his time in the mental ward. I did read it all in one sitting as I wanted to know what happened next.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Miss Polly 22 on March 11, 2011
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What a beautiful read for anyone wanting a book about the inner turmoil some people struggle with and finding a light at the end of the tunnel. The first chapter had me captivated and I couldn't put the book down. The characters are so intriguing and you can't help but care about them and want to know more of what has brought them to where they are. Just wish the book was longer as I didn't want it to end when it did. LOVED IT :)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gary Hoover on March 27, 2011
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Take me home is a simple but moving and, at times, haunting story of one person's very personal journey. It's the story of 30 days in the life of Michael Gabriel, who, after an attempted suicide must come to terms with what brought him to that point (and try to find out where `home' really is).

One of the first technical details the reader will notice is that, like Cormac McCarthy, Custer doesn't use quotation marks. It gives an interesting and appropriate feel. The story flows very smoothly as a stream of consciousness and the reader never feels that their attention is going from one character to another, but rather staying within the confines of Gabriel's mind throughout.

The character is deeply affected by music, and Custer encourages the reader to listen to the actual songs as they are referenced (thankfully, Google makes this possible and easy). The story is at times disturbing, but it is also sprinkled with humor. I think most readers will relate to the feelings Gabriel expresses - though most of us don't feel them as intensely and haven't taken them to the extremes that Gabriel does in the story.

And the fact that we can relate is what really makes the story work. Michael feels lonely, isolated and, at times, angry . . . but, of course, all of us feel those emotions. Reading a story like this reminds us that those feelings aren't as unique as we might sometimes think and it encourages us to reach out and make the kind of personal connections that can prevent such feelings from overwhelming us.

Overall a thoughtful and thought-provoking work. Worth checking out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mumof4boys on May 18, 2011
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I have never read a book on this subject before and I was throughly engaged and learned so very much. I am looking forward to your next book, thank you once again. Good luck in the future.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S.Lee on April 19, 2011
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I've read many books in my life and so many have rarely affected me the way this book has. As an African-American, such a topic was would be deemed a "Taboo" to discuss openly within my family or even around my friends. Not many books are out there to tell the story and struggles of Depression, Aniexties or any other forms of Mental Illness through the eyes of an African-American. Thankfully, Mr. Custer's book does just that! I loved the music references as it helps to reveal the complexity of the centralized character of Michael Gabriel.

I don't want to give much away and highly recommend that this be a required reading not just for African-Americans, although I do feel its time to have a local and national forum about this topic within the African-American community. As the book illustrates that Mental Illness isn't limited to a certain ethnic group and I feel many could benefit from the message Mr. Custer is trying to present to the masses.

I see a promising future for this young African-American writer and everyone should take notice of the gift he possess of telling a story and making the reader feel he or she is actually the character themselves.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MsThomas on October 26, 2013
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This was a different read for me. I have never read a book on this topic before, and I am glad that I did. The story was choppy at times, and lack quotations where needed, but overall the message of the book was good. After I got an understanding of the author's style, I could grasp more of his message. Michael's story and what the psychologist told him in the end, I loved. The other characters in the book also had great stories. In life we never know what another person is going through until we walk in their shoes. I wanted to know more about Michael and how is life changed after this experience. Did he find the love he has been looking for and more? Well this book was good, I enjoyed learning about the characters. The character story that hit me was Robert's story. I know that it happens a lot, but it was a first for me reading and experiencing this man's tragedy through his story, well done Author Richard Custer!
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