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Reviewed by Gisela Dixon for Readers' Favorite
It's A Long Climb To the Middle by Tad Sisler is an autobiography of Tad’s life and career as a musician. In this book, after a brief prologue, Tad begins the story in a fairly chronological way starting from his family origins, lineage, and history. There are many old remembrances provided of family members along with photos. After that, he talks about his own childhood, his parents, his father’s alcoholism and their subsequent divorce, how this affected him and his siblings, his marriages and relationships, his children and step-children, and his first start as a musician and his experiences working with various performers in various parts of the country for close to 40 years. There are many photographs provided of people and this complements the book wonderfully.
It's A Long Climb To the Middle by Tad Sisler is a great autobiography and while I expected it to focus mostly on Tad’s career, surprisingly it has more personal life stories and anecdotes, which was great. Tad writes in detail about his life lessons and experiences and has some profound insights along the way, such as “how we marry our parents” among others. There is both trauma and joy in the story and I especially liked reading about his relationships with the women in his life including his mother Elaine, who suffered a lot in her marriage, his wife Stephanie and her own problems with trauma and depression, and his relationship with Robin where he has found a healthy relationship after a lifetime cycle of dysfunctional relationships. I loved Tad’s honest, simple style of writing and his humility and his attitude of always trying to be a decent human being comes through, which is so refreshing! This is a must-read autobiography for plain, simple, honest life lessons that can be useful to anyone!