Jim Higley was a forty-year-old bobblehead. Just like those collectible figurines with oversized, bouncy heads, he'd put on a smiling face and bobble through his hectic, overflowing days.
Higley's bobbling came to a screeching halt with the diagnosis of cancer, surgery, and a summer of healing. More than a cancer story, however, Bobblehead Dad puts you in a front row seat as the author discovers the illuminating parallels between events in his childhood and his adulthood. Higley, whose weekly fatherhood column appears in the Chicago Tribune's TribLocal, unwraps poignant lessons from his family history with rich, vivid detail. His story reveals meaning in simple moments and the people who fill them--including the surprise discovery of his most important lesson, which had been quietly waiting for over thirty years.
Written in an informal but eloquent style, Bobblehead Dad will keep you laughing, crying and--most importantly--thinking. Higley's distinctive storytelling rhythm, combined with a knack for handling heavy topics with an embraceable voice, quickly draws you into his experiences--while launching you on your own journey of self-discovery and reflection.
|Publisher:||Greenleaf Book Group, LLC|
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Table of Contents
Introduction: Hello. I'm a Bobblehead 1
Chapter 1 Some Things You Don't Want to Inherit 7
Chapter 2 Why Painters Use Drop Cloths 13
Chapter 3 Playing Post Office 23
Chapter 4 I'm Sorry, What Did You Say? 33
Chapter 5 Give and Take 39
Chapter 6 I Can't Believe You Said That 45
Chapter 7 Mom and Dad Were Doing It 51
Chapter 8 Growing into My Running Shoes 57
Chapter 9 Mum's the Word 67
Chapter 10 The Real Dirt 75
Chapter 11 That's Why They Call It Work 83
Chapter 12 Summertime, and the Livin' Is Easy 89
Chapter 13 Here Comes Santa Claus 95
Chapter 14 Lifeguard on Duty 103
Chapter 15 Will You Sign My Yearbook? 109
Chapter 16 Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da, Life Goes On 115
Chapter 17 I Wish They All Could Be California Girls 123
Chapter 18 Camp Songs 129
Chapter 19 Whipped Cream Wonders 141
Chapter 20 I'd Rather Be the Jackson Five 149
Chapter 21 But I Want a Puppy! 155
Chapter 22 I Hate You, Donny Osmond 161
Chapter 23 Dear Glady 165
Chapter 24 Snoopin' in Mom's Purse 173
Chapter 25 Wait, There's More! 181
Your Turn To Discover! 185
Imerman Angels 1-On-1 Cancer Support 193
The Lessons Continue 199
What People are Saying About This
The lessons that can be learned from Jim's courageous and beautiful story are invaluable. His touching words will evoke gratitude and push you to become a better person. --(Melinda Marchiano, author and International Book Awards winner, Grace: A Child's Intimate Journey Through Cancer and Recovery)
Jim Higley's soul-stirring memories of his Nebraska childhood strengthened him during his struggle with cancer. His life lessons are poignant, rich, and oh-so-genuine. The healing is real. --(Suzette Martinez Standring, syndicated columnist and award-winning author of The Art of Column Writing)
�Funny,' �witty,' and �entertaining' are not words people typically use to describe a story about cancer. But Bobblehead Dad isn't just about being sick. It's about the joy of living and discovering who you are, where you came from, and ultimately, where you want to be. --(Tracy Beckerman, syndicated humor columnist, "Lost in Suburbia," and author, Rebel Without a Minivan)
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
JIM HIGLEY'S "BOBBLEHEAD DAD" (REVIEW) I am in love with Jim Higley and his family. I honestly do not think there is anyone out there that will read this story and not fall in love with the man. I fell in love with his spirit, his warmth, and his overall determination to not only defeat cancer but to keep a positive attitude, learn from the experience and live every day to the fullest. This book is one of a kind, his experience is richly woven in such a way that it keeps you reading. Anyone that reads this book and does not get something positive out of it is simply lost. I learned from it, I know others will too. The 25 lessons in this book are ones we all should take to heart. By the way, 'Long John Silvers' restaurant holds a few memories for me too! -Kitty Bullard / Great Minds Think Aloud Book Club
This is a great family values book. It highlights adversity and family strengths and good old-fashioned good values overcoming difficult times. Well written and touching and motivational too.
“Words can heal. They can surprise. They can encourage. It doesn’t matter if they are handwritten or if a Hallmark had to be leaned on for a little help. Words matter. Because they remind each of us who we are to the people in our lives.” Aren’t these just wonderful words to reflect upon on? These words are just a few of the wonderful statements that Jim enlightens his readers with as we traveled back in time with Jim, when he was a child growing up with his brothers and his parents and also as he shares his battle with cancer and the emotions in both of these arenas. How he connected these situations in each chapter was unique and sometimes confusing to me but nevertheless, I enjoyed the book and it made me appreciate again how wonderful life is and to enjoy it, as it truly is a gift and should be enjoyed. I have read books like this before, the books that give you a prep talk and the author gives you a reflection of their life story but Jim does that with an interesting twist. Each chapter reflects on his childhood, some story of growing up with 4 older brothers and then Jim ends the chapter talking about his battle with cancer and how he deals with it- either with his family or with his siblings. He tries to connect the stories –not a sad book but more of a “get-out-there-and-live-life-to-the-fullest” book. We all need to read these positive, uplifting books.
This is not just a cancer story. Its a story about remembering to live your life!
I thought this was a wonderful read, and I had a hard time putting it down. Losing my Dad to Cancer, in Sept 2010 was heartbreaking to me. This book touched on and expressed all of the things I had exprienced throughout my Dad's illness and Death. I am so happy I found this book, and recommend it to anyone who has loss a Parent or Sibling to Cancer.
Where was his wife. The mother of his kids.