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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Madness, Miracles, Millions is a memoir written by Joseph Semprevivo and his father, Larry Semprevivo. The story begins before Joseph was even born. Larry had been a pressman in a printing plant for over twenty years when the unthinkable occurred. Through another employee’s mistake, his hand had been trapped between two rollers and was being pressed and coated with varnish. The emergency stop button was just out of his reach at first, but as his hand was dragged further into the machine, there was no hope of reaching it at all. This event changed the Semprevivos' lives. While Larry was recovering, his wife set up a small press in the garage and started printing flyers for local businesses. Larry and Jo would do whatever it took to keep their family fed and clothed, and their family worked right alongside them.
Joseph and Larry Semprevivo’s memoir, Madness, Miracles, Millions, is inspirational and heart-warming. It’s also great reading. The two authors write clearly and simply, and their story is a fascinating one, starting with that very dramatic and awful incident at the printing plant. They share their feelings of abandonment when family and friends grew distant as Larry was recovering and the family’s welfare was at stake, but they also show how that tragedy brought them even closer to the family and friends who really mattered -- the ones who stuck by them. There’s a lot of time and events covered in Madness, Miracles, Millions, but the authors keep the focus relatively narrow to maintain the lively pace and excitement of the book. I enjoyed reading this memoir. It’s well-written and, by the time I had finished the book, I felt as though I knew the two authors. Madness, Miracles, Millions is highly recommended.