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Mortal Bonds by [Tsilimparis, John]
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Length: 191 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • File Size: 528 KB
  • Print Length: 191 pages
  • Publication Date: January 22, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004KABI9S
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By C. Grant on July 9, 2011
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This memoir is an honest and compelling story of a family and the parents ultimate deaths within 2 weeks of each other. The author weaves together the story of how his parents got together, what life was like growing up with difficult family dynamics, and the tragic losses the family suffered. I so appreciated the psychological tidbits and the authors transparency as to the roots of his panic disorder and what it is like to live with the disorder today. His lifelong devotion to his parents is inspiring. I read this book while away on vacation and I could not put it down!
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I finished reading this book two days ago and it is still with me. For this reason alone, I felt compelled to write this review.
In his memoir, Tsilimparis struggles to understand himself and his family, particularly his Mother and Father, by telling us about a difficult and often tragic childhood. He tells his story with such an honest voice that I found it hard to put this book down. How do our parents define who we are? How do we define our parents? We all strive to become the people we want to be and to separate from our parents and their history. Here is a compelling story by one person who somehow, bravely, accomplishes this.
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Intrigued by the ethereal beauty of the faces on its cover, and having become a fan of Mr. Tsilimparis' by reading his first book (Living With Panic Disorder), I picked up Mortal Bonds hoping for a well-written life story that would take me on a compelling journey. Never did I expect to be touched so deeply -- not only by the author's life history -- but by the raw sensitivity and insight with which he interweaves the events of his life with the debilitating realities of anxiety and panic disorder.

There is a synergy to Mortal Bonds that sets it apart from and above both memoir and self-help books, though it certainly makes an important addition to both genres. As memoir, it is a page-turner that is at once heartbreaking and beautiful (Tsilimparis' pained yet ultimately sympathetic relationship with his difficult father alone provides enough depth for a fulfilling read). As a journey specific to one man's battles with the inner demons of anxiety and panic, it fills the reader with gratitude that as sufferers we are not alone. That gift also makes Mortal Bonds well worth the read. Don't miss it.
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There were two reasons why I wanted to buy this book. One is that I watched John Tsilimparis on the TV show "Obsessed" so I knew who he was from that show. The other reason is that after I read what the book is about I thought it would be an interesting read. I was not wrong. John opens up about his family and how it was growing up with his father. He was able to bring his father to life in his descriptions of him. The way he spoke. The way he seemed to dominate his family. At times it almost feels like he is in the room with you. John also spoke of a wonderful mother who he was very protective of. The hardships she went through for her family. And I got the feeling that she was a very strong woman. This book is very well written. I finished it in 2 days! John is very open and honest about his growing up. I highly recommend buying this book. It is definitely a "can't-put-it-down" kind of book.
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While so many memoirs today provide a captivating story, they don't always convey what is happening emotionally with the author and his subject. This book has a raw honesty that will keep you engaged and questioning your own beliefs and feelings about family, loyalty, love, heartbreak and more. I have three criteria for a good book: well written, interesting read, and enlightening. This book gives that and more.
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Complelling story of the love-hate relationshilps we may have with our parents. As dysfunctional as a family may be, we carry these family secrets with us where ever we go. While breaking the family secrets, this story provides insight into an all but too typical dysfunctional family and striving for finding your personal identity. Well written, poignant and timely as I struggle through my own feelings about a mother at the middle atages of dementia. Recommended read.
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By Scholar on February 4, 2011
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"A Wonderful book. Palpable and reflective. A chronicle of a family's struggle through illness, death and the constant re defining of love. This is a profoundly moving and morally challenging story... It will grab you and speak to your heart".
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I loved reading the honest telling of a son's perspective about the love of his mother and his difficult father. It isn't easy to read, but I could feel the people come alive. Its about facing truths in family that make us who we are.
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