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Saturday, January 29, 2011

The Patron Saint of Used Cars And Second Chances: A Memoir by Mark Milhone

Fun story, but not completely resolved

Mark Milhone's memoir about his self-described "Year from Hell", marriage troubles, a reconciliation with his dad and a road trip to pick up a used BMW he purchased on E-Bay (who does that?) is a fun, sad read.

Millhone tells his story about the death of his mother, the death of his first dog, the near-death of his newborn son, the dogbite his oldest son suffers and the deterioration of his marriage.

So, does he resolve these issues?

Not really.

Mark Milhone with the BMW
He tells his story in an entertaining manner. His relationship with his father is strengthened (as a kid, his father sent his number one man from the office to take him to see The Empire Strikes Back because he has no time for his family) but the other issues are not fixed, there is just a renewed resolve to work on them.

Nonetheless, it's still a fun read - good for a summer trip. Lots of parts to read and discuss with others in the car.

I rate this book 4 stars out of 5.

This book can be found on Amazon.com here: The Patron Saint of Used Cars...

Reviewed on July 1, 2009

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