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Posted May 9, 2012
Paralleling our lives to the four seasons, Write for the Fight brings together 13 authors and asks them four questions:
Spring: What do you miss about being 5 years old?
Summer: What would you tell your 20 year old self?
Fall: What, at this point in your life, do you want, wish, and dream of for your life going forward?
Winter: What would you want said about you on your 80th birthday?
It is a fascinating concept and I feel that the authors chosen to participate in this anthology of essays were excellently cast. I loved the mix of voices, experience and approaches to the questions. Some were poetic, flowery with their depictions of times gone by, others were in your face and blunt with an accurate retelling of how life really was, is and most likely will be.
What fascinated me was even though there were over a dozen different voices their memories and hopes for the future were all very similar. It's almost as if we have a global memory of what it's like to be five years old, the wonder, the innocence, the need to take everything in right then and there. It's a shame we lose that.
I have to pull attention to author Terry Persun's Summer essay because he was the only one that instead of approaching his 20 year old self with words of wisdom and insight he wrote of the hope of regaining some of that recklessness and "gusto" that his younger self was full of. It was a different take on the question and it helped break up the section and made me realize that not everything about being 20 was that bad.
I think if I were to reread the anthology, which is most likely to happen, I think I would pick an author and follow that's author's voice throughout each section then go on to read another's views. When I read it for this review I did it start to finish and after reading 13 essays in a row about one topic it got a bit redundant. However, that was my fault, not the anthology's.
The truth is once I read one's perspective I needed to know what the next author thought. The flow and blend of their voices gave way to a rhythm that I found quite comfortable and readable. A humorous, light hearted essay would follow one more subtle and insightful but one never detracted from the other. There were many times I felt as if I was just hanging out with old friends, sharing with them, laughing with them.
I found myself longing for the age of innocence with them, cringing at the mistakes and insecurities of my early twenties. With my new friends I started to hope for a brighter, stronger and more independent future and I crossed my fingers that not only do I make it 80 but I have loved ones willing to throw one hell of a bash for me. This book makes you think and that's not always the easiest thing to do, especially when the topic you're thinking about is your life.
Posted March 26, 2012
A delightful read that keeps you coming back for more. So fun and interesting moving through the seasons with these writers and their stories. Rarely can a book be this reflective, thought provoking, funny and sentimental. A truly excellent read! Thank you for your contribution!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 20, 2012
Beautiful compilation of stories from all the different writers. Loved reading each season and seeing the similarities and differences between all the authors. Thank you for writing for a great cause!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 6, 2012
I was really moved by every single essay in this anthology. I'm equally moved by the generosity of these talented authors. Donating all proceeds to cancer research is admirable. Thank you.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 5, 2012
This is truly an inspirational book - not only is it comprised of a diverse selection of insightful essays and reflections on life by many talented writers, its generous authors are donating their proceeds to foundations that research treatments and cures for breast cancer! I recommend everyone read for the fight and buy this book to help out an amazing cause.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 29, 2012
In a time when people are putting profit above the needs of their fellow human beings I applaud the authors involved with this book who put their talents and time towards a great cause.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 29, 2012
Posted March 22, 2012
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