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By the Iowa Sea: A Memoir

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  • Posted June 22, 2012

    I loved this book!!!! A true honest story about the up's and dow

    I loved this book!!!!
    A true honest story about the up's and downs of one man's life. I hope he writes another one. I would love to meet this guy. He wrote an amazing book!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2012

    I didn't care for the author's writing style. Felt a little wor

    I didn't care for the author's writing style. Felt a little wordy. I found myself skipping a lot of words because they were boring and didn't add anything for me. I also felt like the amount of time spent on any one event was random. I felt like the author meant for the flood to mean more than it did, but that didn't come through because there really wasn't that much about it. I did like that the book addressed the loss of passion that happens in a relationship and the importance of forgiveness.

    Not a very positive review, but I will give the author credit - the sentence or two in the book about how people lost everything in the flood will probably stay with me for a very long time. I appreciate the humanization of the tragedy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2012

    Full of rambling musings

    Needed editing, wordy, uninteresting characters, disjointed, lots of words with no purpose, needed to be more concise, did not enjoy it

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  • Posted April 4, 2012

    A must to read

    I have read a lot of book but this one I could not put down. To open up your life for the world to see in such graphic detail makes this book a page turner. I just hope there is a continuation to this story!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2012

    Good read, Interesting characters

    The neat thing about this book is that there is no wildly dramatic event that shatters lives to set the stage for the drama that is going to unfold. The flood seems like it is going to be this way but it's really just a blip. The characters are well formed though so I got into it quickly. I like how the author displayed the family's dysfunctions without making it ridiculous or cliched. So the whole thing seemed plausible and you felt for the characters and got insight into their thoughts and motives. The author did a good job of getting me to form judgements or opinions about characters and then re-think the, later. Thats skillful. Because of this I really enjoyed the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2012

    Great Book!

    This book is about relationships. I was expecting it would be about a flood but it was actually very little about the flood. Actually, at the end I wasnt quite sure how the flood played a part in the book. Aside from that I couldnt put this book down. It is a no-holds barred look at a reluctant family man. This guy doesnt make himself out to be perfect in any way. The author has an severely autistic son but this isnt a story about autism. My heart went out to him. I've been in his shoes and we arent always perfect. The author doesnt take himself too seriously and there are laugh out loud moments in this book. Good read!

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