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Wisdom of Our Fathers: Lessons and Letters from Daughters and Sons Hardcover – May 23, 2006
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What was so refreshing about this book was the theme of basic normalcy & decency that most people seem to have. This book should appeal to most people, but it is not only or truly a book about a "father-son relationship." It came across more as a memoir of intimate vignettes, some of which are negative. One of a son whose father missed out being a a dad because of his drug addiction which eventually killed him.
Two of the more positive stories were when a father comforted his son after he told his dad that he was gay, & Kerry a girl who grew up with a stutter, whose dad held her hand & told her "it's ok". There are many life lessons in these stories that are very applicable to people regardless of their own individual backgrounds, beliefs, & experiences. All in all a very inspirational & intimate read.
Russert fields and publishes the letters he received as a result of those reading BIG RUSS. These letters are personal, intimate portraits of readers' relationships with their fathers. Whether it was what your father told you, the lessons learned, a touching moment, or just the great times, the outpouring of emotion and storytelling from readers of BIG RUSS is moving.
Russert has indicated in many of his interviews that readers saw BIG RUSS as an invitation to tell the story of their dad, and the avalanche of those telling those stories was daunting. This abundance of interest was what pushed Russert to publish the letters in an effort to share these moving, sad, and funny stories.
This book is not just for fathers, it is for all to read and enjoy. There are a number of lessons applicable to all in all walks of life. I am not going to share any of the stories in this review because I cannot do the letters justice. I would strongly suggest this book as a gift for most anyone, but more than that, I would suggest that everyone get a copy of this book and read it. I rarely recommend a book this strongly, but I certainly do recommend this one.
Russert stays out of the way for most of the book, but his introduction is brilliant. Tim loves his dad and his son. It's evident from this book.
I guarantee, you'll find your dad in this book.
Like the woman in the "Daddy's Girl" chapter who still has coffee with her deceased father, I often visit with mine, re-reading the notes and letters he wrote to me when I was away from him. I have just finished the book, and the memories recorded in it have caused me to tear up several times, so many of them evoke memories of Papa. Our beloved Italian father, who was the father of daughters, wrote us notes. One that we found after he passed said, "My Babies, I will love you forever after." We know he does.
This book is about fathers rich and poor, educated and uneducated of every ethnicity who have left indelible imprints on the hearts of their children. Many remind us to express our love much and often. One of the fathers tells his daughter a story about the immigrant father who gave his graduating son a ring inscribed "FUF". When the son asked what the letters meant (they were not the son's initials), the father replied, "From-a-you fadder."
The selflessness of many of the fathers, their hard work, sense of humor, sacrifices and love will bring tears of recognition to many an eye. The fathers who were characters will make you smile. Even the absent fathers left a mark.
This book makes a great companion on my bookshelf to Michelle Slung's two "Momilies" books, which I re-read right around Mothers' Day each year. Everyone should read this book.
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LISTENED TO EVERY MINUTE THE DAY IT CAME. CRIED BUT WILL LISTEN AGAIN .. WHEN MY EMOTIONS ALLOWPublished 27 days ago by JS
Awesome book. Heartfelt stories about all kinds of dads, even the absent ones, Ironic that kids still learned from the absent ones.....how not to be.Published 4 months ago by Ritzy
What America should be about. Truce red, white and blue..Loved it..Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Russet writes almost as well as he speaks. Loved these stories. Great reading in front of a fire or on the beach.Published 7 months ago by L. Hunt
My husband has read 5 books in his adult life. This is one of them. He loved it.Published 12 months ago by Rebecca Jensen
I didn't enjoy the book as much as I thought I would although I was a big fan of Rossert.Published 12 months ago by Eric
Told through the eyes of many sons and daughters and compiled by the late Tim Russert, a good man and dad by all accounts, this book will resonate with everyone when you think of... Read morePublished 12 months ago by MAURICE J RUBINO