Snapshots of My Father, John Silber
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Snapshots of My Father, John Silber

Price: $29.95


By Rachel Devlin
Hardcover, 320 Pages 
Release Date: November, 15, 2022 

Here is a well-illustrated memoir of John Silber (JRS), written by his daughter, Rachel Devlin. Silber entirely transformed Boston University as its president, and he was the controversial, yet intellectually formidable, candidate for governor of Massachusetts.  He was also the father of seven children. Whenever Rachel meets people, they want to hear what he was like as a father and they want to tell her about things he did or said.  This memoir is her clear-eyed vision of this authentic man of principle who had a drive to achieve great things. Rachel discusses the family influences in his formative years; she looks at her family members and JRS’s trajectory from Texas to Boston University and what life was like there; and she describes the later years, the hardships he weathered, and his continued accomplishments while out of the public eye. As the title implies, each chapter is like a snapshot taken from a daughter’s perspective, peering into the past she saw.

About the Author
I have been a wife, a mother, and a homemaker.  I always had a strong sense of who I was and perceived the world from that perspective.  I taught elementary school for several years, teaching children of all ages from kindergarten to sixth grade.  In recent years, I have been a member of Robin Stein’s Sequences writing group in Newton, Massachusetts, where I have enjoyed the company of some very fine writers.  My sense of what it means to me to be a classic liberal has been distilled by writing this book about my dad, John Silber.  I have come to realize how important it was for him to be a champion of freedom of speech and hearing all sides, especially on college campuses where free speech is often under threat now.  I sometimes feel like I grew up with my dad because I knew him so well, from a time when he was young and still learning how to make his way in the world.  My book about my dad is honest and clear-sighted, but it was also a labor of love.  I divide my time between my homes in Texas and Massachusetts, the states where my children and grandchildren live.


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