Richie: A Father, His Son, and the Ultimate American


Richie: A Father, His Son, and the Ultimate American Tragedy What a fascinating story and very relatable for me as I grew up in the 60s You ll get not only the story of the personal tragedy of this family but also a history of the rise of marijuana and other drugs in the 60s Bonus the author is top notch I can t wait to read another book by Thomas Thompson. This is an oldie but a goodie It s the story of a family that is torn apart by the drug addiction of the son It was written in the 70 s when times were different and there wasnt as much knowledge and resources as there are today I was sad that the story ended the way it did but I wont give the ending away. This is one of the most difficult book reviews I ve written as a librarian I grew up in the same town has Richard Richie Diener I first met him in our 3rd grade class I was one of his classmates who called him carrot top due to his bright red hair It wasn t taunting or teasing from me, back then he was just a nice, quiet boy in my class with red hair I seemed to have lost track of him once we all entered Woodland Jr H.S Forty two years after our graduation from EMHS 72, I finally rea This is one of the most difficult book reviews I ve written as a librarian I grew up in the same town has Richard Richie Diener I first met him in our 3rd grade class I was one of his classmates who called him carrot top due to his bright red hair It wasn t taunting or teasing from me, back then he was just a nice, quiet boy in my class with red hair I seemed to have lost track of him once we all entered Woodland Jr H.S Forty two years after our graduation from EMHS 72, I finally read the book I feel there were many broad generalizations made about life in East Meadow, the families, and students who attended the high school with Richie I m thankful that I grew up unaware of the underlying drug culture that was occurring during that time, at least according to the author Clearly the dynamics leading up to that eventful day in February of 1972 were sent in motion many years before It s unfortunate that Richie, like so many others, fell through the cracks There s a strong message here, that sadly, should still be heeded today Impossible to put down The author draws you right into the lives of this utterly ordinary family and shows you what drugs did to their household This brought back grim memories of my own teen years which were right behind Richie s chronologically, but it seems especially unfair that this family did absolutely nothing to bring disaster on themselves the household was solid, kids weren t neglected, the school system was good and they didn t even live in a scary neighborhood It shows what can Impossible to put down The author draws you right into the lives of this utterly ordinary family and shows you what drugs did to their household This brought back grim memories of my own teen years which were right behind Richie s chronologically, but it seems especially unfair that this family did absolutely nothing to bring disaster on themselves the household was solid, kids weren t neglected, the school system was good and they didn t even live in a scary neighborhood It shows what can happen I read this in the mid 70 s when I was around 14 or 15 years old I recall it had a devastating effect on me at the time and that s why I have given this a 5 star rating I think recalling something I read 36 years ago is reason enough for 5 stars I just found the list I made of books I read in 1974 and I had already read this one twice at that time. How good How well written Thomas Thompson is one of my favourite authors He was a nonfiction writer who managed to write non fiction as if it were novels He was so good at making the reader connect with the characters in his books and make them want to know what happened Make them relate.My first book I read written by him which was in 2007 and it was Blood and Money My review alas of that book is not very detailed plus very short The only interesting thing I wrote is that quote his writ How good How well written Thomas Thompson is one of my favourite authors He was a nonfiction writer who managed to write non fiction as if it were novels He was so good at making the reader connect with the characters in his books and make them want to know what happened Make them relate.My first book I read written by him which was in 2007 and it was Blood and Money My review alas of that book is not very detailed plus very short The only interesting thing I wrote is that quote his writing is so good The author really lures you into the story end of quote What I think I should do is re read that first book I now wonder why I gave it 4 stars Perhaps it was long.Then I read Serpentine in the end of 2013 and that was when I fell in love with the author s writing How I loved that book Definitely a 5 star book So then I began searching for other books he had written I discovered the author passed away in the eighties but there werebooks so I added them to my wish list.Then a few months ago I bought 2 of his books This one and Celebrity which the latter I still have to read yay Okay I am going to add spoiler tags but before I do Try to get your hands on a copy but also try not to know what this book is about Better only read this spoiler if you have already read this book view spoiler I was lucky enough not to know what this book was about before I began reading so when I read about this American couple who raised 2 boys of which one became addicted I of course realized something was going to happen and to be honest I thought the son would kill his dad, but the not knowing made it eveninteresting.It is weird really even though I have been in addict myself but not living with my parents because I ran away from home age 15 and began living in a squad 200 metres from my parents home and they did not even try to get me back home because I asked them later they were too tired of all the fights with my 2 year older sister, I wassympathetic with the father than the son.Yes I became selfish back then and I who never lied began lying No I did not do drugs, no I cannot stay I have an appointment, no I did not take that, but I was never as mean or lend a hand on my parents..and as a parent it is always your fault when a child does do stuff They could not kick him out I don t think so it is war every day The author did a great job of just telling this story and not judge the dad or the son although I did notice he sometimes slipped and judge the dad but that did not happen often There was hardly any judgement and again he showed us this family with their good and their bad and not even much happened really but I was never bored hide spoiler The powerful and moving true story of a Long Island family torn apart by drugs, violence, and the unbridgeable divide between generations Kirkus Reviews George Diener, World War II veteran and traveling salesman, and his wife, Carol, had old fashioned values and ordinary aspirations a home, a family, the pleasure of watching their two sons grow up But in February One of the best books I ve ever read Kept me on the straight and narrow. This author is known for writing stories based on true to life incidents I was surprised to learn that he also wrote Serpentine which I read years ago and truly enjoyed the tale of an international criminal very interesting But I digress.As noted in the title, this is the sad saga of Richie and his father, and the drugs that came between them I am afraid this is redundant in our society The communication breakdown between the son and the parents comes to a regrettable and unacceptable This author is known for writing stories based on true to life incidents I was surprised to learn that he also wrote Serpentine which I read years ago and truly enjoyed the tale of an international criminal very interesting But I digress.As noted in the title, this is the sad saga of Richie and his father, and the drugs that came between them I am afraid this is redundant in our society The communication breakdown between the son and the parents comes to a regrettable and unacceptable conclusion.As in We Need to Talk About Kevin , the parents are completely helpless against whatever demons are in this boy s head There is no blame here, but there is the life long burden of guilt and shame that can never be erased Thomas Thompson absolutely crushes it as an author I wish this guy wrote 50 books This story is tragic but a must read if you are a fan of true crime.


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