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After Visiting Friends: A Son's Story

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

I saw Michael Hainey on local Chicago TV and ordered the book ri

I saw Michael Hainey on local Chicago TV and ordered the book right away. I did not want to put it down.

posted by 16733082 on March 3, 2013

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Hoping for more

Should have been a short story in GQ magazine than an actual book. This may have been the authors way of working through the skeleton's in his families closet.

posted by 7108374 on April 28, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2013

    Visiting friends, why bother.

    I initially thought a memoir situated in Chicago would be interesting but other than the location it was a real snore. The search for answers in the reporters dads death wasnt compelling. There wasnt enough depth in character development and the ending of the book was predictable.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2014

    The author commits the most serious of blunders: he is BORING. T

    The author commits the most serious of blunders: he is BORING. There is nothing interesting about myopic self-interested unchallenging observations. Then again, the level of dull idiocy one finds here is not surprising considering that it was produced by a pathetic glorified pawn.
    In this 'book,' there is no idealogical commitment, in fact, no commitment to anything at all except to the Self (and one's Past) as commodity. Furthermore, the point of writing a memoir is to participate in the beautiful and sacred ritual of alchemy: transforming, transmogrifying, becoming anew through understanding and change. But there is none of that here because there is no story. Hainey has nothing interesting to say, no worthwhile observations-there is no larger linking of ideas but only the re-packaging of what he and a PR girl or two probably found 'exciting.'
    How utterly lacking in ethical bearing it is to use a father's death to attract attention to oneself in such a mediocre way. The father was a journalist, the son is joke.This should have never been published and would not have been if Hainey didn't occupy the media-strong position he does. I can only hope he uses the profits from this in some more altruistic way than for acquiring his 50th Italian bespoke suit. In sum, 'A Son's Story'-ugh even the title is cring-inducing and so lame-is a sentimental masquerade that obscures a void. It is totally irrelevant and unnecessary garbage.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2013

    Not for me

    Didn't hold my interest, founb myself speed reading this book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2013

    Slow

    Sorry, but this was not a page turner. While it is a good story, I believe the writing of this book was a personal catharsis. An average read at best.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted April 28, 2013

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