Jesus, My Father, the CIA, and Me: A Memoir…of Sorts by Ian Cron
I think this is the first time I’ve ever read a memoir. I guess just the word memoir made me think “some person’s life story? boring!”…kind of like how some people automatically look right past a movie when they see it’s a documentary. Which is strange, cause I’m usually curious about other people’s lives…But I digress.
Ian Cron shares his experiences growing up with an alcoholic father who is emotionally absent from his family, and physically absent for months at a time because of his work with the CIA.
Desperate for his father’s love, Cron tries everything from drinking and drugs to excelling academically and completing college. Along the way, he shares his innermost feelings and memories of his childhood and youth. Growing up in a dysfunctional family with a Catholic background, Cron doesn’t experience God as a loving father until he is a young adult and at the end of his emotional rope.
I really enjoyed this book! I grew up with an alcoholic mother,but thankfully never experiences the trauma that many children of alcoholics face. I don’t even remember specifically a time when my mom drank in front of me. One of the reasons this book intrigued me so much was because of Cron’s experiences with his alcoholic father.
I also enjoyed Cron’s somewhat dry sense of humor, something else I can relate to!
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