Corbett presents a story of struggle, redemption and transformation. In his own words, he shows “how that time shaped some of my generation to become what we eventually became. It was a time of rebellion and risk taking for many of us.”
MADISON, Wis. (PRWEB) November 19, 2015
“‘Ouch, Now I Remember’ (published by Xlibris) responds to memories retrieved from the detritus of a long life,” says Tom Corbett as he recounts his coming of age in his latest memoir. His personal growth and development are juxtaposed with the vast changes occurring throughout the United States after World War II – interlinking and relating intimate moments of his life with crucial advents in the nation’s society and culture. The resulting synthesis is captured in Corbett’s evolution from his conservative, Catholic, working class roots to become someone passionately battling on the front lines of welfare and poverty issues.
Corbett picks up where he left off in a witty memoir of his academic and policy careers in “Browsing through My Candy Store.” “Ouch, Now I Remember” goes back to a more innocent time where he matured in a rough and tumble ethnic, working-class neighborhood. From a kid who showed no promise whatsoever, he underwent a series of transformative experiences from Catholic seminary training to the leader of a left-wing college group through Peace Corps service in India. His journey of self-discovery covers early endeavors such as guarding city sewers, tending hospital patients during the graveyard shift, reaching out to desperately poor kids in a distressed neighborhood and faking it as an agricultural guru in the deserts of Rajasthan. Somehow, despite what the author himself describes as “much incompetence and self-doubt,” he was able to use grit and charm and serendipity to fall into a fulfilling career as an academic and policy wonk helping to shape the nation’s social welfare system. It was a journey replete with great humor, much adventure and touches of both sadness and struggle.
Corbett presents a story of struggle, redemption and transformation. In his own words, he shows “how that time shaped some of my generation to become what we eventually became. It was a time of rebellion and risk taking for many of us.” More than that, it was a time of significant change and growth and personal fulfillment.
“Ouch, Now I Remember”
By Tom Corbett
Hardcover | 6 x 9in | 362 pages | ISBN 9781514414101
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 362 pages | ISBN 9781514414118
E-Book | 362 pages | ISBN 9781514414125
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About the Author
Tom Corbett is emeritus senior scientist and an affiliate of the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin, where he served as associate and acting director for a decade before his retirement. He has consulted with governments at all levels and helped develop President Clinton’s welfare reform legislation. The author lives with his wife of 43 years, Mary Rider, and their lovable Shih Tzu dog, Rascal. They reside in Madison.
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