Upbeat. Reading memoirs can be a crapshoot. Most readers of Roger Ebert’s memoir titled, Life Itself, will come away winners. We know Ebert from his decades of movie reviews in print and on television. Most of us also know that because of complications from treatment for thyroid cancer, he can no longer speak nor eat and his face is disfigured from the loss of bone. His voice comes through with ebullience in his animated writing. In his account, he’s had (and is having) a wonderful life. He’s worked hard at doing what he loves. He’s married to his soulmate, and thanks to AA, he quit drinking. He’s made friends all around the world, and his conversational writing style makes readers feel like we’re sitting at a dining room table listening to the stories of a life well lived. All that adds up to an inspiring memoir, well worth reading.
Rating: Three-star (Recommended)
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