Dear Michael

Non-Fiction - Memoir
212 Pages
Reviewed on 08/25/2023
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Dear Michael: A Memoir is a work of non-fiction in the memoir, LGBTQIA+, and slice-of-life subgenres. It is best suited to the general adult reading audience and was penned by author Adam Lieber. The work is a colorful and insightful exploration of the author's journey through life, love, and self-discovery. Through a series of recollections, Lieber shares his experiences as an artist, chef, and entrepreneur while traversing various parts of the United States and even venturing to distant countries. The memoir delves into Lieber's acceptance of his identity as a gay man, a truth he struggled to embrace during his early years. Through his tales of love affairs, life in different cities, and international escapades, the author captures moments of vulnerability, wit, and introspection, and the narrative is anchored by his connection with Michael Lowenthal, an author who played a significant role in his journey towards self-acceptance.

Author Adam Lieber's candid narrative took me on a journey through his diverse experiences and encounters and provided a poignant reflection on the complexities of identity, love, and self-acceptance. Lieber's writing style is lively and vivid, making it easy to immerse myself in the various anecdotes and reflections he shared. His witty and heartfelt recollections, from navigating relationships to facing challenges in different corners of the world, were both relatable and enlightening. The central theme of self-discovery and the importance of embracing one's true self resonated strongly throughout the memoir. It's a story that beautifully captures the universal struggles and triumphs of the human experience while also celebrating the power of personal growth and acceptance. Overall, Dear Michael is a touching and inspiring memoir that invites readers to reflect on their own journey of self-discovery and authenticity.