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Hatching Charlie: A Quest for Happiness and Meaning, Charles McCormack

Memoir & Biography, NonFiction, Religion & Spirtuality, Self-Help & Motivational

Hatching Charlie will take you on the life trajectory of individual and couples psychotherapist Charles McCormack who moves from a life of acting out and delinquency to become a faculty member of the Washington School of Psychiatry and Clinician of the Year in the State of Maryland. With candor, humor, spice, and great self-reflection McCormack tells how he “hatched” himself in the arduous pursuit of happiness and personal meaning. 

He shares his struggles with a history of broken attachments and racial violence in the Jim Crowe South, as well as his excruciating banishment to an ancient boarding school in France where he encountered ongoing sadism while being abruptly shorn of all family and friends at age 11. McCormack connects the dots from the terrible aloneness of his childhood to how these shaped him, for better and for worse, as a husband, father, grandfather, and therapist. 

Throughout the years of his life conveyed in this book, McCormack contends with mental illness and life and death issues, while wrestling to understand the nature of love and loving, and the obstacles to happiness, eventually realizing that most of us are as happy as we can stand. Counter-intuitively, in so doing, McCormack offers hope to us all when we flounder and can’t, for the moment, see a clear and promising path forward. 
Hatching Charlie is an inspiring true to life memoir about how one person confronts his fear and isolation, and through the alchemy of self-understanding, forges a more gratifying adult pathway to a spring-fed life. For anyone desiring to be touched by one’s individual journey in grappling with the great questions of life, McCormack’s story will certainly illuminate elements of your own.

Hatching Charlie is a poignant, moving and inspirational memoir that will take readers on a thought-provoking journey while entertaining them at the same time. Hatching Charlie is written by author Charles McCormack and Charles throughout Hatching Charlie will take his readers on the journey of his life from past to present. The journey the reader will encounter is at times heartbreaking because of many terrible things Charles has experienced throughout his life, however, it is also an uplifting, humorous book in which Charles will make you smile thanks to his positive outlook and moving passages. If you are a reader who is looking to read a memoir that is unlike anything you have read before and a memoir that is the perfect combination of humor, fact, and poignancy then Hatching Charlie is the book for you and should not be missed.

Hatching Charlie follows the author Charles McCormack as he flawlessly takes his readers on the journey of his life. Charles will take his reader back all throughout his life, even to age 11 which was a prominent moment in his life because at this age, after experiencing abuse at his boarding school, he virtually lost his friends and family which led to him being incredibly lonely. However, Charles experiences when he was younger and this experience in particular shaped him, and he reflects on this throughout Hatching Charlie and how it shaped him as a person.

Throughout the book although the reader will find some moments upsetting thanks to Charles’s emotions, it is also a heartwarming read that will make you laugh and smile so please do not think that the book is oppressive because, in fact, it is the opposite because upon finishing it I was left with a smile on my face!

Hatching Charlie is a poignant, moving, and compelling piece of nonfiction that will help, inspire and captivate its readers from the very start until the very end. Hatching Charlie is an influential, powerful book because it deals with the topic of abuse and overcoming abuse and using it to do great things. For example, Charles is now a therapist, and because he has experienced hardships, it will install compassion as well as understanding in him which in turn will help his clients. That is why Hatching Charlie also is an excellent book for those that have experienced abuse or similar things to Charles because the book is written by somebody who has experienced it too and therefore it will show you that you are not alone and that you can overcome your abuse and live a happy and fulfilling life.

Hatching Charlie is an exceptional book not only for the author’s candor but also the information he has so expertly laced throughout the book. The information will help readers better understand their emotions, and how they can affect certain aspects of your life and I believe that is really important.

Charles McCormack is a remarkable person for two reasons, the first is because he is honest and brave to write his story and the second is because he is an exceptionally talented author. His impeccable writing is a joy to read and flows beautifully throughout so that the reader will feel compelled to read non-stop. He is a pure literary talent, and so I applaud him for being so brilliant!

Overall Hatching Charlie is an this insightful, informative, inspiring book and I would say if you are a reader who is interested in the topic of abuse and hardship and coming out the other side, then this book is for you. Hatching Charlie gets five stars from me! Be sure to have a read of the preview below book lovers you will not regret it!

Thank you so much for reading book lovers! I appreciate it so much, I love discussing wonderful books with all of you so please comment below and let me know your thoughts on Hatching Charlie. Do you see yourself reading this book? Do you love the genre? Please let me know your brilliant thoughts below and I will be sure to comment back. Thank you so much again for reading!

Goodbye for now book lovers,

P.S. Here is a preview of the book for all of you lovely readers to enjoy! Please have a read of the preview and if you find that you have loved what you have read then all you need to do is click the Buy on Amazon button and it will take you straight to the book on Amazon U.S.! If you are in the U.K. then below I have attached a link to the book for Amazon U.K..

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Aimee, thank you for your generous review of my book Hatching Charlie. I’m particularly pleased that it resonated with you for you are about the same age as my grown children and it was they who inspired me to write it. First, my daughter Keeley, a therapist herself, gave me a book of questions for me to answer in service of telling my grandkids something about me. I loved the idea of the book, but not its structure. Who, after all, would really care that my favorite color is green. Then, several years later, while walking with my son who… Read more »

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