Review: Heroic Heart: A Story of Fathers and Sons by Russ Woody

Posted: September 17, 2015 in New Adult, Reviews
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Author:  Russ Woody

Paperback, 260 pages

Published in 2014 by Nycreative Publishing

Genres:  New Adult, Memoir

Synopsis: When my dad was told he had ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), he knew that his life was coming to an end. What he didn’t know was that it was also just beginning. In the time he had left, his life changed dramatically. He became friends with Ted Danson, spent Thanksgiving with Marsha Mason and Shirley MacLaine and he was the subject of an episode of Becker. He was featured on Entertainment Tonight, E! Entertainment and in TV Guide. But most important, he became a part of his young grandsons’ lives. Henry was six, Joe was four. And what they don’t remember themselves of their grampa, I hope they’ll rediscover in this book.

To be with a parent while they are dying is one of the most human of experiences. It is what we are supposed to do. And while those months with my dad were difficult in a myriad of ways, they were the richest and most rewarding of my life. They were, as well, chockablock with humor, since—as nearly any comedy writer will tell you—in the midst of great hardship, there is always funny.

At the time, I didn’t think of the experience as “an honor,” but when I look back, I realize that it was an honor of the highest order.

My Review: While this book is about a man who is seeing his father through the last stages of his life, it is neither depressing nor morose.  Touching and heartfelt, there is no doubt that Russ Woody loved his father.  Although incapable (pretty much mandated by his wife) of returning that love while Russ was growing up, you can see through this book that he reveled in the opportunity to be able to reciprocate those feelings.

The writing in this book is impeccable.  Russ Woody is a talented author who has created a beautiful tribute to a man who lived life to the fullest within the short time he had left.  At times both funny and sad, this is a read that you will not regret.

Disclaimer:  I received this book from the author free of charge in exchange for an honest review.


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