Title: Into My Father’s Wake
Author: Eric Best
Review: I took awhile to read this book, I found the sail-talk took a bit to get used too. The glossary in the back of the book helped. Sailing to Hawaii alone is quite a feat and this man did it for many reasons. He was abused by his father and yet loved the man, what child doesn’t? Parents are protectors and heroes who should take care of their children in love. When this doesn’t happen life is somehow more confusing than it should be. We love our parents even if they don’t deserve it, that is just what children do.
The insights the author gave the reader were interesting and caught me wanting to be sure I gave my children the love and support they need in order to have emotionally stable relationships in the future. Why the need to sail alone? He needed to face his demons and the broken relationship he had with his father. This is a journey that will make you look at your own relationships and hopefully push you to improve them.
Life is hard and it is short, do your best and love with all your might. This book made me think and that is always a good thing. If you enjoy sailing, and even if you are like me and have never been sailing, I think you will find something in this book to relate too and think about.
Publisher: Published October 26th 2010 by CreateSpace
Quick Review: 4 stars (out of 5)
Why I Read It: The author asked us to read and review his book.
Where I Obtained the Book: Sent by the author.
Synopsis: A solo sailing odyssey and journey of personal discovery in which the author, a former journalist and Wall street strategist, comes to terms with his dead father and learns the meaning of forgiveness.
Author Biography: Eric Best is an author, speaker and strategic consultant who believes that an open inquiry in the face of uncertainty, undertaken with courage and candor, will lead to invaluable insights for individuals and enterprises. Our appetites for risk in thought and in action will significantly shape our future. We all must "Act to be!"
After a 20-year journalism career, a 5,000-mile solo sail, and learning a futures-oriented approach to business that he applied for a decade on Wall Street, Eric founded Best Partners SC, to bring his unique style of research, thought and engagement to clients of all stripes.
Eric attended the Stanford University graduate program in fiction and creative writing after completing his bachelors at Hamilton College (1970). His 20-year newspaper career included the Lowell Sun, the Stockton California Record, USA Today and the San Francisco Examiner. He won a 1983 Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University, where he studied the nature of capitalism and economic behaviors.
Eric lives in Brooklyn in the frequent company of his three children, Emily, William and Isabel. He is working on a new book on Wall Street capitalism.