The Blues

The Blues

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qBack in the innocent days of the 1970s, John McDermott was a terrific basketball player from Monmouth County, NJ; a sweet stroking lefty who played at a high level at Raritan HS and Brookdale Community College with savvy and ease that matched his friendly, easy going nature. Until I read his book, however, I was not aware of the depths of his alcohol and drug addictions or his numerous medical issues. McDermott's autobiography, A Legend in His Own Mind, is an extraordinary confessional that makes Keith Richards' life (as told in his great 2010 bio, A Life), look mild by comparison. McDermott hasn't has an easy day since he was 19, yet on nearly every page he expresses his love and gratitude for his family and friends, and his enduring connection to basketball. This is a tale worth reading.q ________________________________________ q4.0 out of 5 stars Story from the heartq ________________________________________ qIn his book, John was able to recall his life through the experiences and relationships established through his journey back from addiction. An effective story that helped John reach his goals and begin a new life. Well written I thought, and the stories brought vivid images back to me having grown up in Hazlet in the same time period and knowing John as an athlete of the highest level in Raritan High School sports.q ________________________________________ q5.0 out of 5 stars. Just like making a bank shot at Leocadia court.q ________________________________________ qI find it remarkable that John could remember all the characters that pass through his life while he was slipping in and out of substance abuse. I hope and pray John stays clean and continues to be a great role model.q ________________________________________ qI am only half way through the book and cannot put it down. I graduated with John but, never knew him. He made me aware of a subculture in my town that I never knew existed. John provides play by play in many of the games he played in and tells his story well. An amazing journey. Keep the faith....5.0 out of 5 stars.qThis is a tale worth reading.aquot; ________________________________________ aquot;4.0 out of 5 stars Story from the heartaquot; ________________________________________ aquot;In his book, John was able to recall his life through the experiences and ...

Title:The Blues
Author: John McDermott
Publisher:Xlibris Corporation - 2014-10-17

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