Official Review: A Chicken in the Wind and How He Grew

Please use this sub-forum to discuss any non-fiction books such as autobiographies or political commentary books.
Forum rules
You must limit each topic thread in this section to only one book or only one series. Make the title of the topic the name of the book, and if possible also include the author's name. If you want to allow spoilers, you must include the word spoilers in the title of the topic, otherwise spoilers are prohibited.
User avatar
kimmyschemy06
Posts: 2236
Joined: 20 Oct 2015, 20:49
2018 Reading Goal: 50
2017 Reading Goal: 50
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 70
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 136
Currently Reading: Bosnian phoenix
Bookshelf Size: 481
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-kimmyschemy06.html
Latest Review: Squelched by Terry Beard

Official Review: A Chicken in the Wind and How He Grew

Post by kimmyschemy06 » 01 Mar 2018, 05:04

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "A Chicken in the Wind and How He Grew" by Frank South.]
Book Cover
3 out of 4 stars
Share This Review


A Chicken in the Wind and How He Grew: Stories from an ADHD Dad is a funny, heartwarming and poignant memoir by Frank South.

After a serious mental breakdown, forty-nine-year-old television writer Frank South was diagnosed with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) with 'a number of pronounced comorbid disorders' including depression, hypomania and anxiety. At the time, he was living in Los Angeles with his wife Margaret and two ADHD children, Harry and Coco. Convinced that the best thing to do was to live away from everything and everybody they knew, Frank moved his family to Hawaii where there is different culture, less people and far less distractions. However, a series of unrelated events involving extended family members made Frank, an ADHD with aversion to change, consider moving back to the East Coast after ten years of living in the middle of the Pacific.

This is a wonderful, touching, moving, funny, amusing and entertaining book about love and family. By sharing the story of his life, the author gives the readers not just a glimpse but a detailed, blow-by-blow, account of what he and his children, as ADHD, go through every day. The author describes the frustrations of constantly living with self-doubt, fear, anxiety, confusion, self-loathing, depression, manic episodes and panic attacks.

Moreover, the book emphasizes the importance of finding ‘the’ therapist as well as the rapport between patient and therapist. Furthermore, the author, through this book, expresses his profound appreciation not only to his wife and his mother but also to all family members of ADHD for their infinite patience and unconditional love.

There are three things I like about the book. First, I appreciate the conversational tone the author uses. Unlike other non-fiction that sounds a lot like text books, this sounds more like live narration and personal conversation, therefore, easy to read. Second and in connection with the tone of narration, the book feels like actual encounter with ADHD that the readers could feel the confusion and self-doubt. This way, the author is able to share with the readers how it feels like, especially the explosion and the frustration. Finally, I like the courage and determination the entire South Family exhibited in the book. It is inspiring and encouraging.

The most important part of the book, for me, is the emphasis on responsibility to family. Regardless of what we are and what we do, and despite our impairments and disabilities, we are responsible for our loved ones not simply because we are obligated to but because that is what our hearts tell us to do, as Berna Deane South said ‘It’s my job.’

I like everything about the book except for noticeable errors mostly missing words and typos (like can’t to get my breath and difficult for me believe).

I, therefore, rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. It is, for the most part funny, amusing, entertaining, inspiring, encouraging and informative. I recommend it not just to ADHD or family and friends of ADHD but to everyone who enjoys books and stories about rising above adversity.

******
A Chicken in the Wind and How He Grew
View: on Bookshelves | on Amazon

Like kimmyschemy06's review? Post a comment saying so!

User avatar
kandscreeley
Special Discussion Leader
Posts: 5065
Joined: 31 Dec 2016, 20:31
2018 Reading Goal: 115
2017 Reading Goal: 100
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 53
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 94
Currently Reading: End of the Last Great Kingdom
Bookshelf Size: 190
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-kandscreeley.html
Latest Review: Hand of Silver, Hand of Gold by Christopher Grey

Post by kandscreeley » 03 Mar 2018, 15:22

Wow! 3 family members with ADHD? I can't even imagine what that would be like. Sounds like an interesting story. It's too bad about the errors.
“There is no friend as loyal as a book.”
― Ernest Hemingway

User avatar
Mercy Bolo
Posts: 988
Joined: 31 May 2017, 03:44
2018 Reading Goal: 48
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 58
Favorite Book: <a href="http://forums.onlinebookclub.org/shelve ... 10262">The Wisdom and Peace of the Teachings of the Tao Te Ching</a>
Currently Reading: Burn Zones
Bookshelf Size: 152
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-mercy-bolo.html
Latest Review: Blessed-n-Lucky by Terri Trainor

Post by Mercy Bolo » 03 Mar 2018, 17:40

Based on the cover and title, I never would have imagined that this is a book about ADHD. For the author to boldly tell his story is quite inspiring.
"The minimum requirement for a dream is a safe place to lay your head."
~OluTimehin Adegbeye

User avatar
NL Hartje
Previous Member of the Month
Posts: 1232
Joined: 04 Jan 2018, 12:58
2018 Reading Goal: 30
2017 Reading Goal: 0
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 136
Favorite Book: Kushiel's Dart
Currently Reading: Neverwhere
Bookshelf Size: 383
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-nl-hartje.html
Latest Review: The Candle Room by Daniel K. Gentile
Location: Woodland Park, CO

Post by NL Hartje » 03 Mar 2018, 19:41

This is an interesting premise for a book. I think it would be a good tool for many in society who aren't familiar with the internal struggles associated with ADHD. It could certainly result in more understanding interactions. Thanks for the review!
“So the writer who breeds more words than he needs, is making a chore for the reader who reads.”
-Dr. Seuss

User avatar
Sahani Nimandra
Bookshelves Moderator
Posts: 956
Joined: 27 Nov 2017, 22:49
2018 Reading Goal: 100
2017 Reading Goal: 5
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 93
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 180
Favorite Book: <a href="http://forums.onlinebookclub.org/shelve ... >Emotional Intelligence</a>
Currently Reading: A Brief History of The Third Reich
Bookshelf Size: 367
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-sahani-nimandra.html
Latest Review: Toni the Superhero by R.D. Base
Location: Sri Lanka

Post by Sahani Nimandra » 03 Mar 2018, 21:45

Too bad about the errors but the book certainly is an eye opener about ADHD and how people cope up with it. Thanks for sharing!
Happiness is a cup of coffee and a good book!

User avatar
kimmyschemy06
Posts: 2236
Joined: 20 Oct 2015, 20:49
2018 Reading Goal: 50
2017 Reading Goal: 50
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 70
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 136
Currently Reading: Bosnian phoenix
Bookshelf Size: 481
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-kimmyschemy06.html
Latest Review: Squelched by Terry Beard

Post by kimmyschemy06 » 03 Mar 2018, 22:23

kandscreeley wrote:
03 Mar 2018, 15:22
Wow! 3 family members with ADHD? I can't even imagine what that would be like. Sounds like an interesting story. It's too bad about the errors.
Exactly! And this book would show the world how they managed. Yes, too bad about the errors. I hope they are already fixed at this time.

User avatar
kimmyschemy06
Posts: 2236
Joined: 20 Oct 2015, 20:49
2018 Reading Goal: 50
2017 Reading Goal: 50
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 70
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 136
Currently Reading: Bosnian phoenix
Bookshelf Size: 481
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-kimmyschemy06.html
Latest Review: Squelched by Terry Beard

Post by kimmyschemy06 » 03 Mar 2018, 22:24

Mercy Bolo wrote:
03 Mar 2018, 17:40
Based on the cover and title, I never would have imagined that this is a book about ADHD. For the author to boldly tell his story is quite inspiring.
Very inspiring, indeed.

User avatar
kimmyschemy06
Posts: 2236
Joined: 20 Oct 2015, 20:49
2018 Reading Goal: 50
2017 Reading Goal: 50
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 70
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 136
Currently Reading: Bosnian phoenix
Bookshelf Size: 481
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-kimmyschemy06.html
Latest Review: Squelched by Terry Beard

Post by kimmyschemy06 » 03 Mar 2018, 22:24

NL Hartje wrote:
03 Mar 2018, 19:41
This is an interesting premise for a book. I think it would be a good tool for many in society who aren't familiar with the internal struggles associated with ADHD. It could certainly result in more understanding interactions. Thanks for the review!
You're welcome. I think that's part of the goal of this book.

User avatar
kimmyschemy06
Posts: 2236
Joined: 20 Oct 2015, 20:49
2018 Reading Goal: 50
2017 Reading Goal: 50
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 70
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 136
Currently Reading: Bosnian phoenix
Bookshelf Size: 481
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-kimmyschemy06.html
Latest Review: Squelched by Terry Beard

Post by kimmyschemy06 » 03 Mar 2018, 22:25

Sahani Nimandra wrote:
03 Mar 2018, 21:45
Too bad about the errors but the book certainly is an eye opener about ADHD and how people cope up with it. Thanks for sharing!
You're welcome. It's a great book. I hope the errors are fixed by now.

User avatar
Jkhorner
Posts: 227
Joined: 09 Feb 2018, 08:32
2018 Reading Goal: 30
2017 Reading Goal: 0
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 83
Currently Reading: The Sword Swallower and a Chico Kid
Bookshelf Size: 417
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-jkhorner.html
Latest Review: If life stinks get your head outta your buts by Mark L. Wdowiak
Location: South Carolina

Post by Jkhorner » 07 Mar 2018, 11:13

This memoir sounds inspiring and enjoyable. I applaud the author for being so open about his struggles and family life. Thank you for taking time to read and review this one.

User avatar
maiken555
Posts: 1
Joined: 07 Mar 2018, 12:11
Bookshelf Size: 0

Post by maiken555 » 07 Mar 2018, 12:26

Sounds like a good read;) I think it would be a good read for 101 Psy./Soc Students;)

User avatar
kimmyschemy06
Posts: 2236
Joined: 20 Oct 2015, 20:49
2018 Reading Goal: 50
2017 Reading Goal: 50
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 70
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 136
Currently Reading: Bosnian phoenix
Bookshelf Size: 481
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-kimmyschemy06.html
Latest Review: Squelched by Terry Beard

Post by kimmyschemy06 » 07 Mar 2018, 22:33

Jkhorner wrote:
07 Mar 2018, 11:13
This memoir sounds inspiring and enjoyable. I applaud the author for being so open about his struggles and family life. Thank you for taking time to read and review this one.
You're welcome. It's a great book and I enjoyed it a lot.

User avatar
Bola3299
Posts: 5
Joined: 10 Mar 2018, 08:33
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 0

Post by Bola3299 » 10 Mar 2018, 09:28

Very interesting and would be great for mental health students.

User avatar
kimmyschemy06
Posts: 2236
Joined: 20 Oct 2015, 20:49
2018 Reading Goal: 50
2017 Reading Goal: 50
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 70
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 136
Currently Reading: Bosnian phoenix
Bookshelf Size: 481
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-kimmyschemy06.html
Latest Review: Squelched by Terry Beard

Post by kimmyschemy06 » 10 Mar 2018, 11:27

Bola3299 wrote:
10 Mar 2018, 09:28
Very interesting and would be great for mental health students.
It sure is :)

User avatar
Kalin Adi
Posts: 997
Joined: 01 May 2017, 14:29
2018 Reading Goal: 15
2017 Reading Goal: 5
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 60
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 680
Currently Reading: Island Games
Bookshelf Size: 112
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-kalin-adi.html
Latest Review: The Flower Girl Murder by Keith Hirshland

Post by Kalin Adi » 16 Mar 2018, 11:16

I think teachers and scholars can benefit from this book too. How courageous the author is by sharing his hurdles while dealing with ADHD. This book is quite promising to learn more about this impairment. Too bad about the errors. Thanks for your honest opinion.

Post Reply

Return to “Non-Fiction Books”