The hilarious, but often poignant, sometimes tragic memoirs of Sam McQuade, a boy raised Catholic in the 50s and 60s on the plains of North Dakota, his schooling in an era of harsh Catholic discipline, his coming of age year studying in France, the tragic deaths of two brothers which changed his life and brought him back to Bismarck to enter the family beer business. If you like David Sedaris you will like There Is a Road in North Dakota. The stories are just as funny but Sam's family and the people he grew up under were even more dysfunctional.
©2010 Sam W. McQuade (P)2012 Sam W. McQuade
I'm not entirely sure what made me buy this, maybe it was because of the distant location which sounded both harsh and exotic. Mr McQuade narrates his own tale with faultless professionalism ( he has been a teacher - it shows ) and good humour. The anecdotes are by turns funny, moving and sometimes just plain weird. We follow him from North Dakota to France and large chunks of Europe in general, then back to the States and end up back in his home town,The timespan runs from the fifties through the sixties and seventies, with insights into the social upheavals of those turbulent times. A real joy - all the better for having no celebrities or star names distracting from an interesting life.
"Sam nails the accents and is easy to listen to."
Listening to the author speak with the various accents...and sing a song in German he learned in childhood.
His brother Sean was my favorite, maybe because I knew him. He was honest in his depiction of his brother, who was funny and endearing.
There were two places in the recording that skipped to a different part of the book, so I think I missed some of the book as it was written.
This was a great local book - especially if you live in North Dakota, or the upper midwest. I especially like that the author read the book - adds so much to the story. Sam has a great optimistic attitude and able to look on the bright side of life.
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