Monday, January 4, 2010

Book Review: Inklings by Jeffrey Koterba

Title Inklings
Author Jeffrey Koterba
Rating ****
Tags non-fiction, memoirs, autobiography, political cartoons, tourette's syndrome 

Jeffery Koterba is an award-winning political cartoonist. This memoir covers his childhood and some years after. It was a painful childhood. His father was a hoarder who gathered junk to sell and supplement the family income, mostly TV sets that he could repair and sell. Their house slowly became completely covered in junk. The father also had difficult moods, and it wasn't until he was an adult that Jeffrey realized both he and his father's odd twitches were symptoms of Tourette's Syndrome. Early on Jeffrey escaped into drawings, and he was a hard worker who, with agonizing slowness, worked his way up to syndication of his political cartoons in many newspapers On the way he himself married and fathered a son and became a member of a band.

Koterba writes well and his memoirs are interesting. He once again shows that creativity and genius are often allied with disorders like Tourette's or autism. It seems that too often genius must pay a price.

Good book. Recommended.

Disclaimer: I received my copy of this book for free in return for a review through the Amazon Vine program.

Publication Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2009), Hardcover, 272 pages
Publication date 2009
ISBN 0151014922 / 9780151014927

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