Book Review – My Funny Dad, Harry

A Tribute to Harry, A Man of IntegrityKaren Arlettaz Zemek pays tribute to her father Harry Arlettaz in her book “My Funny Dad, Harry.” This biographical memoir is filled with short funny stories and poignant memories about life with Harry, his family, and his cats. Harry was well-known as a man of integrity, discipline, with a generous spirit. He was a skilled craftsman, and dedicated these talents to serving others.Cat lovers will enjoy the stories of Harry’s cats: Blackie, Bootsie, and Diamond Jim, Razzle “Frazzle Dazzle, Fluff, Puff, Timi, Striper, Softie, and Sweet Thing. Harry built a unique “Kitty Motel,” complete with a swinging door for easy access. Neighborhood strays took advantage of Harry’s tender care and concern for his needy furry friends. Karen’s humorous descriptions of the antics of these feline creatures will bring a smile to your face, a chuckle to the surface and a tug at your heart.In Harry’s later years, he maintained a spirit of independence. Even though he recognized his limitations he never complained. Harry downplayed his own physical limitations as he did not want to burden others with his needs.Karen understands and communicates the reality of the physical impairments of growing old. Her own optimism and humor come through as she describes Harry’s plight and the corresponding sacrifice she made to accommodate Harry’s desire to live independently. I admire Karen’s dedication, devotion and sacrifice in caring for her father, Harry.Never “preachy”, always positive, Karen wove a tapestry of God’s love and grace throughout Harry’s story. As a separate addendum she has included an invitation that will help the reader to find and follow the Lord Jesus Christ, the motivation for, and the secret behind Harry’s life.
I identified with Harry as I read of the years of accumulation of tools, magazines, and every conceivable collectible. I was confronted with the need to take a look at the clutter in my life, the unfinished projects, and the sentimental “stuff” I have accumulated.”My Funny Dad, Harry” is an enjoyable, amusing memoir of a tender hearted man dedicated to serving others. Karen’s writing is articulate, humorous, and heartwarming.As reviewed for Midwest Book Review