No Ordinary Man
The Memoirs of Alphonse Gerwing
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McNally Robinson P.O.D.
This memoir is an entertaining amalgam of family history, anecdotes and social commentary. It's a story well told, informative and frequently hilarious. Al was a beloved and larger-than-life character who had an influence on many people, whether relatives, students or colleagues. Connie Gerwing places his memoirs in context, combing through family history and his letters and newspaper columns to clarify aspects of his life story. Connie also gathered other perspectives from Al's many friends and large family to give readers the full story of the life of a compassionate and complicated man wh brought his love of music and literature to so many and then used those talents to fight to improve the lives of his beloved Brazilians.