Book Review by Heddy Keith M. Ed www.milwaukeewriterscircle.com
“One More Pat on the Head and I’ll Bite Your Hand Off” copyright 2010
This memoir was written by Richard Frink. His book is about his life’s story from the time he was born with a physical disability throughout his adult life. He sprinkles in a little humor with vivid examples and stories of his rite of passage from infancy to adulthood. The authors voice is evident throughout and speaks so naturally. It was as if I was sitting there in front of him having coffee and listening to every word. Richard is a very talented storyteller and writer.
Frink overcame many challenges with the help of his family and his boss. His maternal grandfather helped him gain the self-confidence to take his first steps at age four. Richard’s boss challenged him to walk without crutches when he took his crutches away from him, forcing him to walk without them. He later thanked him for doing it, because it freed him from the confines of the crutches.
Frink’s viewpoints are different from most people. He has an incredible ability to see situations from a completely different perspective. His viewpoints gave me food for thought. I actually began to rethink my own opinions. Particularly his perspectives on the music young people listen to today. Richard has a huge compassion for music and young people. This author is a great storyteller, because of his writing style I feel that I know him on a deeper level.
From the introduction throughout the book, I could picture the author sitting there talking directly to me. This book is well written with a lot of voice and fluency. Frink gives wonderful examples of disabled people’s issues and challenges. We all can learn from the examples he gives. For instance, Frink discusses his viewpoints on love and sex. He says “Having good sex together does not mean you’re in love. Many people confuse sex with love.” They get married and later find that the only thing they have in common is good sex.
In essence, I recommend this book to anyone who wants to know how to overcome their fears and to those who want to understand the challenges and issues the disabled fearlessly face on a daily basis. I enjoyed reading this interesting memoir and I appreciated hearing about his viewpoints. In my opinion, Frink is a marvelous role model and could be a fabulous motivational speaker.