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I'm Proud of You: My Friendship with Fred Rogers Paperback – March 10, 2012
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From Publishers Weekly
Warning stickers should be attached to this audiobook warning people not to listen while driving or operating heavy machinery. Only Oscar the Grouch could resist weeping during this affecting tale of the unlikely friendship between children's television host Fred Rogers and Texas journalist Madigan. After writing a profile of Rogers, the two began to correspond. With Rogers's help, Madigan began to find emotional healing from old wounds and to repair broken relationships. Baskous narrates with a voice that is warm, deep and, well, neighborly. At times he slips into an inexplicable Southern accent, which fits neither the Minnesota-bred Madigan or the Pittsburgh-based Rogers, but the rich and smooth cadences of his narration bring Madigan's remembrances to life. The uplifting nature of the memoir and the satisfying tenderness of Baskous's interpretation will make this a welcome gift for anyone who has struggled with depression or loss.
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From Bookmarks Magazine
The title of this memoir derives from Tim Madigan's request to Mister Rogers: "Will you be proud of me?" Rogers said yes, of course, and thanked Madigan for "offering so much of yourself to me." Although I'm Proud of You could have fallen into Hallmark treacle, it instead compassionately recounts the spiritual friendship that developed between the two men and offers a portrait of Rogers's exemplary character. Especially poignant are Madigan's recounting of his personal visits with Rogers and his difficult relationship with his brother. "It's here that Madigan writes most powerfully, with raw, universal emotion," notes the New York Times Book Review. Even if the memoir's message is familiar (a few critics compared the book to Mitch Albom's Tuesdays With Morrie), it is an inspiration on many levels.
Copyright © 2004 Phillips & Nelson Media, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The other reason I was drawn to this book is I love books with personal letters. Something about letters is very revealing. I like books that are nothing but letters (Letters from a Nation for an example). This book has tons of them.
The authors narrative of his brother's cancer and his subsequent death are both a tragedy and uplifting. All in all a different sort of read than what I am used to, but good nonetheless.
I grew up in the 70s, and honestly, I was never a big fan of Mister Roger's Neighborhood because it was a bit slow-paced for me. But I knew enough to see that Fred Rogers was a kind and gentle man. I certainly never made fun of him. As I grew older (and matured), and more importantly , became a father, I watched the show and really admired what he was putting forth to children. We live in the day and age of reality television, where MTV can't wait to parade 7 new, often drunk, "role models" on its Real World series. But here's a man who talks to children like they're important people (which they are!) and interacts with each and every person (grown-up) as if they are the most important person in the world. I simply appreciated the man so much more than I had as when I was a kid. Then comes the news of his death, and I was genuinely saddened, just as I was when I learned of Princess Diana's death or Steve Irwin's (the crocodile hunter). But as it always does, life goes on and you forget. Then I read a brief review of Tim's book and I eagerly awaited its release. Having been (and still am) a huge fan of Tuesday's with Morrie, I figured this would be a variation of that. I was right, it was, but it was also so much more. The personal letters that Tim includes are so touching, and prove that Fred was just as much the genuine, kind, loving human being that "played" on TV. Actually, he was so much more. He was an amazing friend, and that speaks volumes to his character. The world was a better place with Fred in it, and we lost something when he died. Tim obviously knew that better than me, that's why I'm thankful for his book because it brings Fred back in a way, and it couldn't have come at a better time. This review may be rambling, but as I noted from the beginning, I'm a rookie at this. "I'm Proud of You" is so worth your time. Please read it and please give copies of it to friends and loved-ones.