#SegueSaturday The Chris Farley Show by Tom Farley, Jr. @madfarley and Tanner Colby @tannercolby #bookreview #memoir #ChrisFarley

Chris Farley Show

I started my book review blog in 2009 and I have read so many outstanding books that I wanted to share them again with my followers on #SegueSaturday.  I first posted this review in November 2009.

While fans knew Chris as the sweaty, swaggering Motivational Speaker and the hyperkinetic Chippendales stripper, his family knew him as an earnest deeply religious, All-American guy.

Co-authored by Chris’ brother, Tom Farley, Jr., and Tanner Colby, author of bestseller Belushi: A Biography, Chris Farley’s story made me both laugh and cry.  He was an extraordinarily talented, selfless, and kind human being who tragically had an addiction to drugs and alcohol.

One of my favorite Farley movies is Tommy Boy and all of his friends and family said that Chris was playing himself.  He cared so much about making people laugh they did not know he was crying for help.

Chris Farley died way too young and the world has lost a remarkable comedian and a truly spiritual man.  

I highly recommend this incredible book that will surprise you.




Tom Farley, Jr.Tom Farley is the brother of the late actor and comedian Chris Farley, who died in 1997 as a result of substance abuse. From 1999 to 2012, Tom Farley was the founder and president of The Chris Farley Foundation, which used humor to deliver prevention messages to teens and young adults.  He has been a keynote speaker and presenter at numerous conferences, conducted briefings on Capitol Hill and to state legislative committees and participated as a panelist at two branding conferences on the topic of developing a state brand for Wisconsin. He has also been featured in People Magazine and USA Today, and interviewed on Today Show, Good Morning America, The View, Fox News, Larry King Live, and featured in two CNN special reports on substance abuse. Tom Farley has three adult children and lives in Dubuque, IA.

You can find Tom on Twitter.

Tanner ColbyTanner Colby is the author of Some of My Best Friends Are Black: The Strange Story of Integration in America, a narrative history of modern race-relations in the United States, which was nominated for the American Library Association’s 2013 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Non-fiction. He is also is the coauthor of Remember the Time: Protecting Michael Jackson in His Final DaysBelushi: A Biography and the New York Times bestseller, The Chris Farley Show: A Biography in Three Acts. In 2015, he co-founded and co-hosted the popular if short-lived podcast Our National Conversation About Conversations About Race, and, most recently, worked as a segment producer at The Daily Show With Trevor Noah. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and sons. 

You can find more information on Tanner at Tanner Colby.

Book review: Hey Kids, Want Some Chocolates?: My Family’s Journey to Freedom by Melitta Strandberg (9781456717933)

“I guess sometimes the search for freedom is enough to keep one alive.”

Melitta and her family’s  experience in Nazi Germany in WWII was something that no one wants to contemplate, but it happened and she has written a short, but stirring memoir about it.  In Weimar, Germany, Melitta was born on September 3, 1944 and she was taken from her mother in the hospital in order to perform experiments on her.  However, miraculously, she was returned to her family 6 months later with no side effects resulting from the time away.  Her story covers the frightening journey her family took for freedom and how they finally found peace.

Melitta eventually moved to the United States along with some of her siblings and was asked if she would give any comments to Americans regarding freedom.  She replied:  “I have come to deeply love this country and what it stands for, but much has changed and is changing.  We must be vigilant against those who wittingly and unwittingly destroy our freedom.  Bad politicians can do that.”

There is a lot of impact squeezed into this short book and I recommend it to people of all ages.

Thank you to Melitta Strandberg and Bostick Communications for giving me the opportunity to review this book.  Also reviewed on LibraryThing, Amazon and GoodReads.