Jesus, My Father, the CIA and Me: A Memoir…of Sorts

Written by Ian Morgan Cron
Review by Audrey Braver

This memoir rambles a bit, as most memories do, but it begins more or less in the beginning and comes to a conclusion – not an ending. Throughout this journey, told in flash forwards and flashbacks covering the last half of the 20th century, the author grapples with growing up with an alcoholic father, who is a CIA agent, and a mother who is a denier. In addition, his father is prone to violent rages that leave the family in constant fear. Life, in general is a long haul, and whether one is privileged or disadvantaged, there are always challenges along the way. Despite the overtones of tragedy, there is humor as the author relates his tales of adolescence, and changing family fortunes.

Rev. Cron quotes John Edward Pearce in the beginning of his memoir: “Home is a place you grow up wanting to leave, and grow old wanting to get back to.” And then he asks, but what if home is a train wreck? Whatever the reader’s experiences, or generation, he will be able to understand, relate to, and sympathize with the author. This is an excellent book, well worth reading.