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The Improv Paperback – December 29, 2012
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MJs charm and personality are evident in her writing and she will continue to be my favorite weather personality, funny, and educational,always good for a smile in the morning. READ HER BOOKThe Improv
MJ McDermott deftly illustrates the thin trapeze line that young actors navigate between trust and betrayal, creativity and repression, youth and adulthood - as her very real characters grow up in ways they could never have anticipated.
A good read indeed.
M.J. McDermott should get an encore! Her novel (The Improv) will keep any reader riveted with its flowing style, enjoyable recall of the wild 1970's, bold characterization of a university theatre department, and exploration of an issue that, until recently, few people were willing to talk about. All of this is done through a group of complicated (and sometimes not so complicated) characters who become like the reader's own friends and colleagues.
M.J. says she wrote the book for several reasons, including a kind of personal therapy. But she has also achieved an even broader good. As we have tragically learned in recent times, perverted sexual behaviors can be found anywhere, sometimes in the most unlikely places. Unless we are frequently reminded that such things have happened and will happen again, they slip into the recesses of the public conscious. When that happens, they don't get the attention and the resolution they require.
I have spent the bulk of my career in higher education as a faculty member and as a senior manager. So, when Margo approached Dr. Adler and his superiors with her concerns, I predicted that the first response she would get was a reminder that "Dr. Adler is a respected tenured faculty member." All too often, "respected" and "tenured" become convenient tools for universities who are unwilling to confront matters of competency or some form of unacceptable behavior. I also predicted that Dr. Adler wouldn't be fired---he would be "re-assigned." Such institutional responses serve a purpose---they deter students, other faculty, or alumni from expressing truths that must be expressed. Bravo for Margo because she wasn't deterred.
And bravo for M.J. McDermott for having persisted in her determination to right a wrong.Read more ›
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The story is unusual in that it's a novel but based, the author says, on something that really happened to her in college. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Dr. Kristi S. Fowler
A very thought provoking book. You feel as if you are there, part of the cast. Am recommending it to many I know with college age children for clarity to what is right or wrong. Read morePublished 13 months ago by S. E. Husk
A good and at time scary read. Some unexpected twists and turns.Published 14 months ago by H.A.Maxson
Love MJ she's our favorite weather girl on Q13 and enjoyed reading her book. So proud of her for having the courage to share her story in such a pleasant and realistic way.Published 14 months ago by Cristy Brubaker
This book tells a sad tale of a perverted, manipulative college professor who takes advantage of his young students. Read morePublished 14 months ago by JoniD