Review by busisiwe5754 -- The Not So Great American Novel

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Review by busisiwe5754 -- The Not So Great American Novel

Post by busisiwe5754 » 15 Jun 2019, 09:02

[Following is a volunteer review of "The Not So Great American Novel" by James E. Doucette.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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"The Not So Great American Novel" is a memoir by James. E. Doucette, Sr. When the author recovered from cancer his wife, Denise, urged him to write this book as part of therapy and a legacy for his grandchildren. He says that with each rewrite his memory improved; the therapy worked. His life experiences show that he is a strong character and he listens to people's advice and that is what has made him a successful businessman in life. He also gives us techniques to combat memory loss and for me that is informative.

What I liked most about the book is the authors mentality and positive attitude towards life. He says that he struggled with mild dyslexia. He did not realize that until in his late forties when his son Patrick was in grammar school. He knew he had a learning problem but he did not allow it to hinder his purpose in life. He worked hard and spoke to the right people in order to get what he wanted. He was so successful in the cable industry that he purchases five banks and several businesses. All his children are better informed and educated than him and that is what he is most proud of. He has three sons, one daughter and four grandchildren.

I also liked how he had headings for each chapter, for example chapter two talks about his childhood memories and the next chapter has a different heading. Everything is clear but he is very descriptive. He describes everything in a detailed manner. If you are a patient reader who is curious about how other people live their lives, then you can definitely read this book anywhere and anytime.It is a simple but very informative book especially about life, Entrepreneurship and accountability.

I disliked how he treated his first wife, Diane, he divorced her because he was in love with Denise, his current wife but I am glad that he acknowledges that as a father he was MIA( Missing in Action) and how he sometimes made business decisions without further investigation.

I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. The book had a very few spelling mistakes. It took a while before I could come across any error. The book was well written, proofread and edited by two of the author's honorary nieces, who critiqued his writing and reawaken his desire to complete this book.The book is so interesting it also has pictures of his family,friends and life events. The pictures look old but they sure give you an idea of who the author is and where he comes from.

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Post by Kelyn » 20 Jun 2019, 18:00

I'm not really into memoirs so I doubt I'll pick this one up, but it sounds like the author has done well in life despite challenges such as his dyslexia. Thanks for the review!
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Post by kdstrack » 27 Jun 2019, 15:09

It's wonderful that he could write his book, even with his dyslexia. I like your comments about the chapter headings. Writing this book after having cancer is very uplifting. Thanks for your review!

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Post by Tamorie21 » 04 Jul 2019, 00:20

I think it's interesting that you mentioned the author regaining his memory with each new chapter he wrote in his memoir. That's very inspiring! I don't know if I'd be very interested in reading the book otherwise, though. I'm more into the dramatic, even action-packed memoirs, if I must say so. Nice review! :)

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Post by Nisha Ward » 04 Jul 2019, 10:31

This is quite the inspiring memoir. Combatting memory loss to get it all down on paper and working through a learning disorder to achieve success? That's awesome. Unfortunately, this one just doesn't gel with me so I'll pass it up. Still, thanks for the review!
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Post by diana lowery » 04 Jul 2019, 10:37

I enjoyed your review. I liked that you included the information about his nieces helping to edit his book.

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