I find myself with a few sporadic minutes during my day and I often fill them with the consumption of books. These readings lead to the notes that often become the inspiration of my articles. I have had a few people I consider friends publish their own books. After this alarming fact, I decided to jump on the opportunity to be lazy.
I wanted to start reviewing these books the NY Times won’t do due to the lack of connections. Amazon doesn’t mind burying those that lack a PR backing. But I choose to read and “embrace” them. I present to you the “Sunny Side Up Book Review”.
This Sunny Side Up Book Review is of Jon Parker’s Mouth Breather: Death Requires Strength
I was able to find a digital copy of this book after I had misplaced the physical copy the other week. I was able to recover, finding another book to review. I had been looking forward to finally tackling this review. It had been a blessing.
Mr. Parker was a unique creature the first time I had ever spoke with him. I could tell that a mix of interesting experiences helped shape the characters in his book. The word “earnest” came to mind. I felt that he was an upfront person that did his best to not put on a veneer.
And this book lacked the veneer that many authors put on to their works of fiction. His main character was believable and relatable. He was not a super hero or some creature that completed checklists. I, like many others, could understand where he was getting to.
His struggles had mirrored many of ours, and for a few, continues to mirror. We watch him develop and come into certain revelations. He learns the beginning steps of adult communication and the ability to function in a field of his peers. Mr. Parker nails it with this book.
Mouth Breather serves as an example that normal human beings can write, as they should. The story is beyond the browbeating that the literati stooges meter out. Without repeating the label of “everyman”, this author serves as someone that transcends the literati. I see it as setting out seeds for others to plant.
It is just the beginning. The story is at a type of soft ending. Not as that it was ambiguous or abusing styles of literature, but giving an opportunity for others to light off their own work.
I am loathe to tell this book’s story when you should get a copy and read it yourself. You may do so at the link below.