As we sat voting on books for the next year, I hoped that this book wouldn’t get enough votes to be picked. Unfortunately it did. So for several months I dreaded reading it, but one thing about book club is that it exposes you to books that you would normally not choose on your own and in the past four years, I have have been pleasantly surprised by some book choices.
Well, I Am Brian Wilson a memoir with Ben Greenman was not one of them. By the time that the April book club came around, I had read a little over half of the book. Wilson’s book was hard to follow, he skips around in time throughout and it is confusing. Also, Wilson’s life was depressing. He used drugs and suffered with mental illness, It seemed that a portion of his life was lived in a forgetful fog and he admits that there is a lot that he doesn’t remember.
I realized through the reading of this book how little I knew about the Beach Boys. Their popularity peaked before I was born and my parents were country music fans. With the ease of the internet, I googled some of their songs and listened to them. Wilson is now in his 70’s and seemed to make a wise choice in his second wife Melinda. She has helped him to regain some of his health. There were several typos in the book which drove me crazy, but if you read my blogs on a regular basis, you may feel that I am being too harsh considering my typos. When I read a book I want there to be some redeeming value to justify my time spent in it's pages. Unfortunately, I felt like this book was a waste of my time. It did validate my decision early on in life that it is wise to stay away from drugs.