Book Review: The time Mom met Hitler

The time Mom met Hitler

Frost came to dinner, and
I heard the Greatest Story ever told

a memoir by Dikkon Eberhart

He was predestined for literary greatness. If only his father hadn't used up all the words. As the son of the Pulitzer Prize - winning poet Richard Eberhart, Dikkon Eberhart grew up surrounded by literary giants. Dinner guests included, among others, Robert Frost, Dylan Thomas, Allen Ginsberg, W.H. Auden, and T.S. Eliot, all of whom flocked to the Eberhart house to discuss, debate and dissect the poetry of the day. To the world, they were literary icons. To Dikkon, they were friends who read him bedtime stories, gave him advice, and, on one particularly memorable occasion, helped him with his English homework.

Anxious to escape his famous father's shadow, Dikkon struggled for decades to forge an identity of his own, first in writing and then on stage, before inadvertently stumbling upon the answer he'd been looking for all along - in the most unlikely of places. Brimming with unforgettable stories featuring some of the most colorful characters of the Beat Generation, The Time Mom Met Hitler, Frost Came to Dinner, and I Heard the Greatest Story Every Told is a winsome coming of age story about one manna's search for identity and what happens when he finally finds it.

Dikkon Eberhart grew up surrounded by the greatest writers of the mid-to late-twentieth century. He holds an Mdiv and MA from Pacific School of Religion as well as a PhD in religion and art from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. Dikkon and his wife, Channa, have four grown children and two grandchildren. They currently make their home in a small Maine costal town, where Dikkon serves as a deacon and coaches basketball and winter sports for the Special Olympics.

I always think of memoirs as a bit of a tricky thing. On the one hand you want someone who's interesting and has done a lot in their life but on the other you don't someone's who's pompous and completely annoying. I think Dikkon has a great balance. His life is amazing, but he writes in such an honest way, not glossing over the hard times that it's hard not to root for him in this coming of age novel. If you like Dating the Wrong Men or Redemption this is a book to check out.   

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