An earnest remembrance that will be most appropriate for readers trying to strengthen their religious faith after the death...



A mother’s memoir on losing her daughter to a tragic car accident.

On December 9, 2013, the author’s only child, Erin Rodriques, was 23 years old, planning her upcoming wedding, and starting a graduate degree program at Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts. That day, she went missing: She didn’t show up for work at her relatively new job, or come home to her fiance, Josh. Her parents, the author and Abel Rodriques, formed part of a search party, and the next day, Erin was found to have died after her car crashed, upside down, in a local pond. Wedding plans were replaced by funeral plans. What happened, the author says, remains a mystery, but police reported that that the car likely skidded down an icy hill before flipping over. For the next five years, the author researched the details of her daughter’s life, and she offers a sort of scrapbook in this volume, which features plenty of black-and-white photos of Erin and her family members. Erin’s journal writings spoke of her growing Catholic faith, and the author recognized that that she now had to “walk the talk about the afterlife I claimed to have believed in all those years.” The book shows that when someone young dies suddenly, it has great effects on those around them, especially in a tight-knit college community; Erin’s alma mater, Assumption College, created a memorial garden for her. It’s hard not to feel for the author, who writes that she waited a long time to give birth to her only child, and she shows how much she wants the world to know her. Specifically, Rodriques says, she made it her mission to get Erin’s writing about faith into the world, and in that, she is successful. Some of the book’s content will appeal most to people who knew Erin personally. However, anyone who’s lost someone will be able to relate to the author’s search for signs from her deceased daughter.

An earnest remembrance that will be most appropriate for readers trying to strengthen their religious faith after the death of a loved one.

Pub Date: Aug. 26, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-72832-369-5

Page Count: 214

Publisher: AuthorHouse

Review Posted Online: Jan. 28, 2020

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If the authors are serious, this is a silly, distasteful book. If they are not, it’s a brilliant satire.


The authors have created a sort of anti-Book of Virtues in this encyclopedic compendium of the ways and means of power.

Everyone wants power and everyone is in a constant duplicitous game to gain more power at the expense of others, according to Greene, a screenwriter and former editor at Esquire (Elffers, a book packager, designed the volume, with its attractive marginalia). We live today as courtiers once did in royal courts: we must appear civil while attempting to crush all those around us. This power game can be played well or poorly, and in these 48 laws culled from the history and wisdom of the world’s greatest power players are the rules that must be followed to win. These laws boil down to being as ruthless, selfish, manipulative, and deceitful as possible. Each law, however, gets its own chapter: “Conceal Your Intentions,” “Always Say Less Than Necessary,” “Pose as a Friend, Work as a Spy,” and so on. Each chapter is conveniently broken down into sections on what happened to those who transgressed or observed the particular law, the key elements in this law, and ways to defensively reverse this law when it’s used against you. Quotations in the margins amplify the lesson being taught. While compelling in the way an auto accident might be, the book is simply nonsense. Rules often contradict each other. We are told, for instance, to “be conspicuous at all cost,” then told to “behave like others.” More seriously, Greene never really defines “power,” and he merely asserts, rather than offers evidence for, the Hobbesian world of all against all in which he insists we live. The world may be like this at times, but often it isn’t. To ask why this is so would be a far more useful project.

If the authors are serious, this is a silly, distasteful book. If they are not, it’s a brilliant satire.

Pub Date: Sept. 1, 1998

ISBN: 0-670-88146-5

Page Count: 430

Publisher: Viking

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15, 1998

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This a book of earlier, philosophical essays concerned with the essential "absurdity" of life and the concept that- to overcome the strong tendency to suicide in every thoughtful man-one must accept life on its own terms with its values of revolt, liberty and passion. A dreary thesis- derived from and distorting the beliefs of the founders of existentialism, Jaspers, Heldegger and Kierkegaard, etc., the point of view seems peculiarly outmoded. It is based on the experience of war and the resistance, liberally laced with Andre Gide's excessive intellectualism. The younger existentialists such as Sartre and Camus, with their gift for the terse novel or intense drama, seem to have omitted from their philosophy all the deep religiosity which permeates the work of the great existentialist thinkers. This contributes to a basic lack of vitality in themselves, in these essays, and ten years after the war Camus seems unaware that the life force has healed old wounds... Largely for avant garde aesthetes and his special coterie.

Pub Date: Sept. 26, 1955

ISBN: 0679733736

Page Count: 228

Publisher: Knopf

Review Posted Online: Sept. 19, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1955

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