Prior to reading this book, J. Michael Straczynski was a name I had heard, but didn't associate with anything in particular. I was impressed with his Hollywood writing career that is blurbed on the book jacket, but more impressed by his life and the way he overcame a childhood that was anything but carefree and happy.
Despite the fact that parts of this book were hard to read- nearly unbelievable in some ways- this is also an inspirational story. Readers know from the moment they crack this book open that Joe has somehow survived his childhood, which was marked by poverty and abuse. This isn't the first book I've read about someone defying the odds stacked against them, but I appreciate each of them that I've read for the positive message they share with others.
Although some of those stories have faded from my mind, Joe's, like a few others is one I will always remember. He had so many different issues to deal with: poverty, unfit living conditions, alcoholism, mental health issues to name a few. In the end Joe was able to find some escape in reading comics. As a book lover and librarian I appreciated the power of the power of books in Joe's life.
This is a well-written memoir, made all that much better by the fact that Joe does survive and live the happily ever after he deserves.
And if my review doesn't already encourage you to go pick up a copy of Becoming Superman, Joe also reveals a long-held family secret that involves a mass murder. He certainly knows how to tell a good story!
Thanks to TLC Book Tours for a copy of Becoming Superman. As always, all opinions expressed are my own.
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