If You Ever Need Me, I Won't Be Far Away

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9780615499437: If You Ever Need Me, I Won't Be Far Away

This is Bruce Rosen’s critically acclaimed first book, and is a memoir dedicated to his mom, Alma Lorraine Rosen, a psychic who supported her family by reading tea leaves for the famous, such as Marlon Brando. Rosen covers his regret at the severing of a once-thriving 25-year marriage, the joy of parenthood, and finding forgiveness for an abusive father. He reflects on life in various places in the world, such as San Francisco, New York, Costa Rica, Paris, Florence, London during the terrorist bombings, and Bangkok during the coup. Rosen discusses the erroneously reported death of his uncle, a Jewish gangster stock promoter who survived a bomb explosion the night before he was to testify in a headline-grabbing trial, coming to terms with an unraveling economy, and the thrill of international recognition as a writer on the BBC and at the Baseball Hall of Fame.

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Bruce F. Rosen, an investment officer at a major financial firm by day, is a writer by night. An award-winning writer as early as high school, Rosen has written professionally for over three decades and has been featured in such publications as the San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Examiner, and Asian Week, where he was a reporter. In addition to a stint as a journalist in Chinatown, he has crafted essays on sports, politics, economics, and music. Rosen blends the unique ability to grasp the complexity of economics with a graceful narrative writing style. He has a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of California-Santa Barbara and an MA in international relations from San Francisco State University.

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A fascinating memoir told with the immediacy of an intimate diary. Rosen reflects upon his life, the loss of his mother, and the subsequent unraveling of his marriage with rare honesty. A rich and spellbinding story. —-Maria Espinosa, American Book Award Winner for the novel, Longing

I'm totally amazed at the beauty and quality of your writing... It s like Ulysses, only easier to read... You make every sentence count and you have an excellent recall of details. The flow of thought, the depth, the humor, the vignettes are entertaining, and in many ways, the book is a page-turner.-Merla Zellerbach —Author/Former Editor of Nob Hill Gazette

There are stories in our life that provoke our feelings in a heartfelt and sentimental way, so we say, I could write a book about my life! Well, Rosen has done just that. And done a pretty good job of it... Readers will be able to relate to many of the current events and the times he describes... It s a lazy Sunday afternoon read. Snuggle up and lose yourself among the pages.—-MyShelf.com

What I enjoyed so much about this book is the way that it called out to my own journey. Rosen tells his story in a way that reminds us that we are all walking the same path. Although many of the details are different, the essential threads of our humanity are remarkably similar. An eloquent and heartfelt book.—-Jeff Brown, Author —Soulshaping: A Journey of Self-Creation

Tolstoy said that All happy families are alike. Every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. This memoir is testimony to that. Rosen tells us of his life, his family, his marriage, et cetera, but he does so quite movingly and you might just, like looking in a mirror, see someone you recognize.—-Alan Caruba, Founding Member of National Book Critics Circle, Bookviews.com

Written with startling honesty and grace, Bruce Farrell Rosen s memoir If You Ever Need Me, I Won't Be Far Away, transcends the loss of people, place, and love, with joy, humor, heart, inspiration, and a reawakened passion.-Asian Week

This is the heartfelt memoir of award-winning writer Bruce Farrell Rosen. As Rosen faces the unraveling of his marriage, he delves deeply into the nature of his greatest loves for his psychic mother, his wife of 25 years, his two talented sons, music, world travel and exploration in all its forms... Ultimately, it is a book about joy, the memory of joy, and the joy we carry with us.-New Consciousness Review

--New Consciousness Review

What I enjoyed so much about this book is the way that it called out to my own journey. Rosen tells his story in a way that reminds us that we are all walking the same path. Although many of the details are different, the essential threads of our humanity are remarkably similar. An eloquent and heartfelt book. --Jeff Brown, Author - Soulshaping: A Journey of Self-Creation

In this book are many examples of Rosen s ability as an evocative wordsmith, especially in his analysis of and connection to the music of his generation.--Foreword Clarion Review

My first thoughts are that it was a love letter to the author's wife and family. There was a mixture of the deep, profound love that he has for them and the sadness he feels that the relationship is changing. Even though he clearly loves Sue, he knew that the only possible way to determine if there was a way back to her was to walk the path he was destined to travel. I felt that sadness as well as the deep love that washes over him (the author) when he is with Sue. The void that was left when he lost his mother, but the hope for the future when he thinks of his boys.
I often found myself feeling as if I was witnessing private moments in his life through the colorful turns of phrases and the use of description. I could see him in my mind's eye sitting in his chair overlooking the water. How the bay seemed to mirror his moods. There were moments described, such as when 'Will the Thrill' hit that home run, that took me back to the moment , watching it on television. The City going wild, the horns honking and the pride of be a true blue San Franciscan at that time.
What I found fascinating is several of the places the author has visited I also experienced only years later. The book is incredibly personal and to allow readers to take that journey was brave beyond words. --Anqeleque- London/England

This book is all about understanding ourselves and our journey. About being willing to take that fork in the road, not knowing where it is going to take us. It is about will, determination and heart. Above all - heart. --Bonnie Cehovet - Editor Soul Chronicles

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