Goodnight, Brian

Goodnight, Brian

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Fate was working against little Brian Mauretti. The food that was meant to nourish him was poisoning him instead, and the doctors said the damage was devastating and absolute. Fate had written off Brian. But fate didn't count on a woman as determined as Brian's grandmother, Angela DiMartino - who everyone knew as Mama. Loving her grandson with everything she had, Mama endeavored to battle fate. Fate had no idea what it was in for.An emotional tale about the strength of family bonds, unconditional love, and the perseverance to do our best with the challenging gifts we receive, GOODNIGHT, BRIAN is an uplifting tribute to what happens when giving up is not an option.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 308 pages
  • 127 x 203 x 30.48mm | 328g
  • Stamford, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1611880610
  • 9781611880618
  • 3,314,744

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"Steven Manchester has a gift for expressing through his writing the complicated and transcendent beauty of the human experience with poignant clarity." -- Yolanda King, eldest daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King "Steven Manchester's GOODNIGHT, BRIAN is a poignant, inspiring story about resilience and faith and one fam- ily's enduring love that should be a model for us all." -- James S. Hirsch, bestselling author, WILLIE MAYS: THE LIFE, THE LEGEND "An amazing writer...with GOODNIGHT, BRIAN, Steven Manchester has yet another winner on his hands!" -- Noonie Fortin, 1SG, USAR (Ret); Author and Speaker "GOODNIGHT, BRIAN is a heart warming story about the power of love." -- Tami Brady, TCM Reviews "Steven has once again proven his deep insight into human emotions and relations and his ability to craft a well written and entertaining story that also has the power to inspire courage and hope. GOODNIGHT, BRIAN is a fine read." -- Bob Price, WPZZ Radio Personality
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About Steven Manchester

Steven Manchester is the national bestselling author of TWELVE MONTHS, PRESSED PENNIES, THE UNEXPECTED STORM: THE GULF WAR LEGACY and JACOB EVANS, as well as several books under the pseudonym, Steven Herberts. His work has appeared on NBC's Today Show, CBS's The Early Show, CNN's American Morning and BET's Nightly News. Recently, three of Steven's short stories were selected "101 Best" for the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. When not spending time with his beautiful wife, Paula, or his four children, this Massachusetts author is promoting his works or writing.
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204 ratings
4.1 out of 5 stars
5 43% (88)
4 34% (70)
3 15% (31)
2 4% (9)
1 3% (6)

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What can I say? Another 5-star rated book from Steven Manchester. After reading "Twelve Months," I knew I wanted to read this book, and I loved it before I even read it. I don't know what it is, but I cannot get through one of his books without crying. Had I been alone, I believe I would have been in floods of tears. His writing is unbelievable, and if you have never read one of his books, you are really in for a treat! This book is actually historical fiction, in my opinion. I learned a lot and found myself doing research concerning the main topic covered in the book. And our wonderful author has done his homework. Rest assured that the statistics he gives you are correct and verifiable. This story really caught my attention because this issue dealt with baby formula and cropped up in the late 1970's. I was born in 1974, and this means that "there but for the grace of God go I." My daughter also had digestive issues when she was a baby, and this book truly hit home. I found myself sympathizing with the family and wondering how on earth they made it through. I loved Mama--her faith was unshakable, and I appreciated the faith discussed and displayed in this book. While this is not a 'Christian" book, I believe the characters show more faith than many Christian books I have read in the past. I was awed and humbled by many of their struggles. I also have a special place in my heart for special needs children. I am a music teacher, and I have always felt especially drawn to those children who need a little extra help. It was neat to see music touch these children in real ways. And speaking of music, I loved Mama's choice in music! I only have one criticism. It has nothing to do with bedroom scenes, and even the profanity was so mild that is was not a problem. I appreciated the issues of racism and disability prejudice, but I did not feel that the homosexual episode was necessary. I was not overly offended because it was mild, and there was some truth in what Mama said, but I couldn't condone all of it, and I did not think it was needed. But that is a personal preference on my part. Notwithstanding, I cannot recommend this book highly enough. I can hardly wait to read the next book by this author. He is an absolute master at his art! I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.show more
by Ruth Hill
The first few chapters of Goodnight, Brian shocked me, as I did not fully anticipate what the story was about. It hits pretty close to home for some families because of its truth and the reality of the topic. I feel that I cannot write an honest review unless I tell you about the story. Be warned, these are some pretty major spoilers! After baby Brian was born and started on a milk formula, he started getting sick no matter what the doctors prescribed for him. It was later found that the formula Brian was on was causing him irreversible damage. That is the jist of it anyway. Does that sound familiar? I remember reading a similar case about baby formula sold in China, and that is what shocked me about this book. This may be a touchy subject for families hurt by similar incidences but know that this book is about so much more than just giving up. It is about the complete opposite. At the root of this story is a tale of unforgiving love and faith. It talks about a family's faith in God and their unending belief that nothing is impossible or set in stone no matter the hurdles put in front of them. To me, the main character is not Brian, although the story is about his story. The main character is the person affectionately known as Mama, Brian's grandmother, who talks about God and the way He works so subtly that you don't realize that you've just learned something new, and she does it without being preachy. Mama is one of the bravest book characters you'll ever read about, not because of her outer strength but more importantly, her demeanor and inner strength that compels her to take the reins when others could not. The author also added in stories of Italy to lighten the mood of the book, with pages upon pages dedicated to sweet-smelling, home-cooked Italian cuisine that made my Italian food-loving palette hungry for a taste. But in no way should you let that distract you from the words in this book that are so simple yet so profound. The author used Brian as a vehicle to teach us about how our actions bring about consequences. When people were trying to change him, he was the one who changed their lives and gave new meaning to their lives and the way they lived those lives. The characters in Goodnight, Brian all play a different part in teaching us about humanity. That sometimes, even though you don't want to give up, that there is just so much a person can take, and that it is okay. It is okay to admit defeat one day because that gives you another chance to fight another day. "When God closes one door, He opens another." Acts 16:6-16:10 Goodnight, Brian is truly a book that has no bounds when it comes to good values. It is also one that cannot really be explained in a summary, it has to be read to be understood. I must admit that I struggled to write this review. Not because it was tough in any way, but because I couldn't find the right words to express the complexity and the love I have for this book. I dare say, that if there is one book that everyone, no matter their age, should read, it should be Goodnight, Brian. You will keep on learning something new even after you've read it a hundred times. There is nothing I can say to take away from this wonderful piece of artistry. Goodnight, Brian will have you reaching for the tissues at almost every turn of the page. It is an uplifting story that will stay with you long after you've finished it and gives you the strength to believe that nothing is impossible, if you work hard and believe, no matter what.show more
by Nikki Ooi
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