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Dan's memoir; mostly truth, part fiction, is a tribute to his older brother Rich, whom he will always consider a casualty of the post-Vietnam era. Missing in America for the past 45 years, Rich mysteriously reappears along with his '66 GTO convertible and coerces Dan to retrace the cross-country route he took back in 1970 to settle in a commune in Corrales, New Mexico. With Dan taking control behind the wheel and the spirit of Rich in the passenger seat, Dan recreates some of Rich's experiences as a flower child/Jesus freak. They visit places like The Badlands, Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, Yellowstone, The Grand Tetons, Elko Nevada, the Haight/Ashbury District, Yosemite, the Grand Canyon and Zion National Park in an attempt to understand the life Rich chose, which was so drastically different from Dan's.
Along the way they relive memories of the brief 18 years they shared growing up in the absence of their alcoholic father in a struggling single parent household of five kids. In exploring their relationship, Dan confronts several personal issues surrounding the role Rich played in shaping who he became and the impact Rich's disappearance has had on his life.
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By Joseph Mahoney on 11-20-16
Stunning Moving Journey into the Long Lost Past
Would you listen to Brother, Brother: A Memoir again? Why?
Yes I would. It was a deep and moving story of family and the bond shared by brothers during a troubled time in this country. It is especially relevant now for family to be even more important than ever.
What did you like best about this story?
The best part was thee ending. It was a payoff for an amazing story. I was shocked and stunned by it.
Which scene was your favorite?
My favorite scene was Rich and Danny peeing out of the Attic window on Grandma's rosebush and the having it die later on in the summer. Good for the old witch making them sleep up there.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
The ending made me cry. There were also several times Rich's actions really made me angry at how insensitive he was to Danny growing up.
Any additional comments?
"This review copy audiobook was provided by the author/narrator/publisher free of charge via Audiobook Boom."
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By Amazon Customer on 08-08-17
Drove along with Danny to Yellowstone!
Loved the book... Being from Toms River and knowing many of the people and places mentioned made the the book extremely interesting.
I read most of the book, then found the audio book and downloaded it from Audible.
On a trip this to Yellowstone with my husband last week we started listening to the booking from the beginning. By the time we went through the Black Hills, Dan had about caught up to our location, and as we drove into Cody, Wy, Dan was also entering Cody! We accompanied him to the "Cody Rodeo" and the next morning passed the camp ground where he had stayed and followed him on into Yellowstone National Park! How exciting!
There were many memerable moments for me since it brought back so many memories of my childhood. I had attended some of the same schools as the author and knew many of the places and people mentioned in the book, but the most impressive moment was Dan's realization that he had judged his brother without knowing fully the circumstances that had lead Rich's behavior.
Dan is an excellent, thought provoking writer and keeps tour attention throughout the book.
The narrator did an excellent job as well.
Reccomend this book for your next westward bound road-trip!
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