This is the heartfelt memoir of award winning writer Bruce Farrell Rosen As Rosen faces the unraveling of his marriage, he delves deeply into the nature of his greatest loves for his psychic mother, his wife ofyears, his two talented sons, music, world travel and exploration in all its forms Rosen offers a road map for all of us who are struggling with life s momentous problems to come to terms with all that has been given us and to prepare for what may be in store Ultimately, it is a book about joy, the memory of joy, and the joy we carry with us I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading about a real life Eloquently, Rosen describes his ordinary, and extraordinary, life with amazing honesty in this captivating memoir beginning with a mostly long distance relationship which was a significant factor in the breakup of his marriage In flashback, he tells the stories of his life, family, and friends the hurts suffered, the joys embraced, the longings of his heart and soul The title of the book are words spoken to Rosen by his m I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading about a real life Eloquently, Rosen describes his ordinary, and extraordinary, life with amazing honesty in this captivating memoir beginning with a mostly long distance relationship which was a significant factor in the breakup of his marriage In flashback, he tells the stories of his life, family, and friends the hurts suffered, the joys embraced, the longings of his heart and soul The title of the book are words spoken to Rosen by his mother before she died She was a psychic in Southern California who gave readings to movie stars and aid to police in solving cases and was a strong force and influence on him Her most important reading to him predicted how he would meet the woman he would marry You ll read about his adventures learning to play hockey in Canada, jumping trains, saving his mother from an intruder, traveling to Europe, Costa Rica, and Thailand, writing for an English language Chinese newspaper in San Francisco Meet his wife and talented sons feel his love of 70 s music Events are fully described with immediacy he either has an incredible memory or kept a journal through the years Philosophically his major in college , he insightfully ponders the meaning of his life as it relates to the events and choices made by himself and others Because he writes so openly, most readers will probably find themselves contemplating their own life May we all be vibrantly richer for it If You Ever Need Me, I Won t Be Far Away is a beautifully written memoir by Bruce Farrell Rosen documenting the meaningful memories in his life Written in a journal style, the author takes us through the memorable times of his life his loving relationship with his mom his marriage, family life and divorce and the life lessons learned from the choices and decisions that he had made as the years went by This is an insightful look back on his life, thoughtfully written to show how he coped wit If You Ever Need Me, I Won t Be Far Away is a beautifully written memoir by Bruce Farrell Rosen documenting the meaningful memories in his life Written in a journal style, the author takes us through the memorable times of his life his loving relationship with his mom his marriage, family life and divorce and the life lessons learned from the choices and decisions that he had made as the years went by This is an insightful look back on his life, thoughtfully written to show how he coped with the various challenges that life threw his way the joys, the sorrows, the disappointments It is his hope that by reading the memoir, the reader will be able to find the joy in their lives.The title of the memoir was the last thing that the author s mother said to him before she passed away, and the author lovingly pays homage to his beloved mom, Alma throughout the book I personally loved reading his memories about his mom, it took me back to my loving relationship with my deceased mom There is nothingprecious than the love shared between a mother and child through the years, and Bruce eloquently captures it in a beautiful way that honors his mom s memory.The author also shares the adventures he s had over the years London, Paris, Costa Rica, Florence, Bangkok, New York, San Francisco and riding the rails across country This world traveler certainly led an adventurous life, and reading his accounts was like a fun behind the scenes travel guide of events and scenic locations.He also offers his thoughts on such topics of sports, philosophy, religion and economics the financial crisis in a educational and insightful array of essays that provides the readers with some food for thought.I think what I liked most of all in this memoir is the author s love for music and the references of the songs that defined the music of his life I think it s true that as a person looks back upon their life, a lot of the memories are brought forward through the songs bands that capture those snapshots in your life.If You Ever Need Me, I Won t Be Far Away is a thoughtful memoir that will encourage the reader to contemplate their own lives It is the author s hopeful message that through all of life s challenges, adversities and lessons, the reader will become empowered to find the joy in each day of their life.Disclaimer I received a copy of the book from the author s publicist in exchange for my honest review and for hosting a virtual book event on my book review blog site.Virtual Book Event On Thursday, June 7, 2012, author Bruce Farrell Rosen participated in a virtual book event with an Author Guest Post and Author Interview on Jersey Girl Book Reviews.http jerseygirlbookreviews.blogspot A VERY Long Blending of Personal Life and Contemporary SituationsBruce Farrell Rosen is an investment banker who has been a writer since his highschool days as a journalist, an essayist, and a biographer dealing with issues from politics to sports to the world of finances IF YOU EVER NEED ME, I WON T BE FAR AWAY is a memoir of a man with a colorful childhood whose mother was a psychic, and a man devoted to his family which is now broken because of a rift in a marriage that seemed to be made i A VERY Long Blending of Personal Life and Contemporary SituationsBruce Farrell Rosen is an investment banker who has been a writer since his highschool days as a journalist, an essayist, and a biographer dealing with issues from politics to sports to the world of finances IF YOU EVER NEED ME, I WON T BE FAR AWAY is a memoir of a man with a colorful childhood whose mother was a psychic, and a man devoted to his family which is now broken because of a rift in a marriage that seemed to be made in heaven until the entry of his finding a soulmate type love on the opposite coast of the country.Some of the running patterns in this memoir deal with the importance of his mother in his life and the subsequent devastation he encountered when she died All of that makes for a beautiful tribute to an amazing woman and the special communication she had with her son And that would have been a splendid much shorter book The flaw in this book, well written though it most assuredly is the man has a poetic gift with words , is his including far too many subplots or diversions that break the flow of the book and instead present a patchwork quilt of diversions into hero worship in sports, the influence of religion, the influence of rock music as a youth, his climb up the ladder of a loan officer to being an important top of the world investment officer, to an extended description of the economic crisis of the years in and around 2008, the importance of fatherhood after a marriage is over, and large dollops of philosophy meant to guide the reader through possible similar incidents he has explored.There is no question that this is a well written tome and if the reader has the time to spend reading its 630 pages there is much to learn and share It seems to this reader that Rosen could have distilled this epic book perhaps the work of an editor would have helped In the final analysis the book is a beautiful piece of writing by a gifted writer who as a journalist one would expect a keener eye on condensation Grady Harp