About The Book:
An Unforgettable Journey Through an Unconventional Childhood
"Free Spirit" is a fascinating and powerful memoir of a young boy who had all the odds against him, thanks to a less-than-stellar mother, and managed to survive to become an accomplished and stable adult.
That being said, this was also a very frustrating book as well. At times I just wanted to leap into the pages and give Joshua's mother, Claudia, a shaking at times, a slapping at others. I realize that Joshua probably didn't write this book to intentionally present his mother in a harsh light, but his brutal honesty in presenting his story of his childhood just made me furious at his mother - how could she put her child through all this?
Joshua Safran's startling frank and brilliant written story is one that will evoke many emotions for the reader - compassion, admiration, and yes, anger. By the end of the book, I was so proud for Joshua for surviving his very untraditional childhood and cheered when he vowed to not let his own children experience the things that were forced upon him.
I highly recommend this memoir! It is a book that you won't soon forget.
About The Author:
Joshua Safran is an attorney, writer, speaker, and occasional rabbi, and was featured in the award-winning documentary Crime After Crime, which premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and had its television debut as part of the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN)'s Documentary Film Club.
He is a nationally recognized champion for women's rights and a zealous advocate for survivors of domestic violence and the wrongfully imprisoned. For his work he has received national media coverage and numerous awards. He lives in Oakland, California.
Check out his website at www.jsafran.com
My thanks to BookSparks PR for providing the review copy of this book. I was not compensated for my opinion.