Guys Like Us (Paperback)
A Memoir of Life Lost and Found
GemmaMedia, 9781936846016, 206pp.
Publication Date: August 5, 2011
"Lovely, humorous memoir.. Readers will easily relate to Nolan's clear-eyed depiction of father-son devotion." - Publishers Weekly "A remarkable story of life and love, fathers and sons, loss and recovery...a story to remember" - Dan Rather On a Saturday morning, Mike Nolan, a hard-driving, hard-living lawyer in his early fifties, was hit by a truck during a 40-mile bike ride on New Jersey's Route 35 and given up for dead. Instead, after months of recovery, Mike looked the same as he always had. The only difference? He had absolutely no memory. Guys Like Us, like a reverse memoir, is the attempt by his son, Sean, to tell Mike who he is through recollections of rare moments together and tales of the Nolan family on the Jersey shore. The Nolans, a clan planted in Ocean County by Mike's father, Joe, are people who suffer no fools and take no prisoners; you had better wear thick skin when they are around. Three strong characters―Joe, Mike and Sean―dominate Guys Like Us. Add an enormous Cadillac that Joe and Sean bomb around in, Sean behind the wheel at the ripe age of eight. Stir in the boardwalks and beaches of the Jersey shore and near-lethal family feuds, and the pot boils. Sean Nolan does not fall far from the tree. It doesn't take long for Sean to realize he has to tell Mike, among many other things, how impossible he could be. And that dark secrets, long held in a young boy's heart, are out of reach to him forever. Giving his father back his memory, one funny, painful moment at a time, Nolan paints a poignant, often hilarious, portrait of their shared past. Full Publishers Weekly review: " In this lovely, humorous memoir, Nolan charts his strong bond with his father, Mike, who lost his memory after he was hit by a truck during a Saturday morning bike ride. Though recovery and rehabilitation restored Mike's appearance, he had no understanding of who he was and what he did. Nolan recalls his father's intense law career and their family history in New Jersey. In the process, he gives his father back a sense of himself. Referring to both his father, as well as his grandfather, Joe, Nolan writes that both men 'moved around with a fabulous awareness of their own power and it wasn't power made of money or fame or muscles, mostly it was just personality...they were always the loudest and the sweetest and the worst.' Readers will easily relate to Nolan's clear-eyed depiction of father-son devotion." "I love this book. Gritty, funny and sad―I could not put it down. You need to get to know this family." - Rasheen "Pep" Peppers, Former Member of the U.S. Marshals Task Force, featured on A&E TV's Manhunters.
About the Author
Sean Nolan was born in New Jersey, grew up on Ocean County's Route 35 and moved to New York City. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and New York University's Stern School of Business and now lives in Dublin, Ireland. Sean has not driven a car in eight years.
Praise For Guys Like Us: A Memoir of Life Lost and Found…
"A remarkable story of life and love, fathers and sons, loss and recovery. And one of the nearest to death experiences you will ever encounter. It is a story to remember." --Dan Rather