Title

A FULL HOUSE - BUT EMPTY

Authors

 

 

Angus Munro

About the Authors

Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Angus Munro, being a dropout, was sporadically educated in both Canada and the USA. He eventually spent thirty-nine years in hospital administration in the USA before retiring in 2003.

ISBN 0-595-43719-2
Publisher iUniverse
Website http://www.angusrmunro.com
Genre Autobiography
Price $20.95 for paperback and $6 for Ebook
Number of Pages 268
Purchase Info Amazon.com and other online bookstores or directly from publisher: iUniverse: 800-288-4677; International: 001-402-323-7800.
Link to You Tube
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDR9tNeq0VU 
Synopsis

Filled with anecdotes, lessons learned, and an inspirational message for everyone, who believes that hard work breeds success, this moving autobiography shares the remarkable story of Angus Munro. Munro is just three when he suffers from appendicitis and spends several weeks in a Vancouver hospital as his family struggles to survive the Great Depression. After finally arriving home, Munro asks his sister, "Where is Mummy?" and is promptly told his mother doesn't live there anymore. It is this traumatic event that changes the course of Munro's life forever. His father is suddenly a single parent while simultaneously turning into Munro's mentor and hero. He teaches Munro the motto, "Always do the right thing," while raising his children in an environment that is at the very least hectic, and more often completely chaotic.

Through a potpourri of chronological and heartfelt tales, Munro reveals how he learned to view incidents in life in terms of responsibility, recognition, personal conduct, and consideration for others. Despite dropping out of school at a young age, Munro perseveres, eventually attaining professional success.

Munro's memoir is a wonderful tribute to his father's legacy and the greatest lesson of all-Whatever you do, follow through.

Review by Tracy Roberts, Reviewer, writefieldservices.com
 
In his new book, A Full House - But Empty, author Angus Munro shares his life journey that conveys optimistic and warm messages of strength, resolve, determination, and principle.

At the age of three, Angus' mother leaves his father and family. The traumatic experience changes Angus' life. Living in Canada, in the city of Vancouver, British Columbia during the Depression, his childhood is a chronicle of traumatic change, sense of isolation, and added responsibilities to his family.

At age fourteen, Angus drops out of school and begins his passage to adulthood. His memoir is filled with anecdotes and tales of his work experience that includes working in retail, as a busboy, at a carnival, and on farms. Within his stories, readers will experience how the places, people, family, jobs, and co-workers, shaped his work ethic and taught him such values as integrity, dignity, accepting responsibility, and kindness. Most of his stories come from a lifetime of work experience that includes the Oil Industry and Hospital Administration in California and Alaska. From each detailed account, readers will identify with positive messages about how to obtain a harmonious and fulfilling life.

Readers will enjoy the detailed and vividly described stories. Munro addresses the importance of education to succeed, but explains that there are skills that textbooks cannot teach. Interacting and respecting each co-worker regardless of position, listening and acknowledging others, a willingness to undertake tasks beneath your position, and interacting with staff and clients, are key elements to a successful and productive work life.

A fundamental message readers will take away from his stories: It is true that it is better to give than receive, but more importantly, giving without expecting to receive makes life more enjoyable and rewarding. When you do receive, the experience will be more heartfelt and gratifying. The memory will last forever.

A Full House - But Empty is highly recommended for readers who enjoy engaging memoirs with important messages about growth and development.

 

Review by bookreview.com

The contradiction in the title of this book is intriguing on many levels and the author delivers on its sub-head "A Memoir with a Message," perhaps in ways he may not even be aware of. This is the autobiography of a Canadian man whose father was disinherited after a wild poker game and whose mother left the family soon after when the father caught her with another man.

Angus Munro is a natural storyteller. A little righteous at times but more courageous than most of us would be in revealing what he felt (and in some cases still does) about incidents of his life. For example, young Angus is wrongly accused by a teacher of stealing a pen, and he admits "Frankly, I never got over that horrible incident.... There was no consoling force and no one ever recognized my sad predicament.... We never had a moment to ourselves at home and yet, paradoxically, I lived a very lonely life: a full house--but empty."

Why do writers write? With autobiography there are always three stories: 1) the story the world tells us, 2) the story we tell ourselves and 3) the story we learn from living (or from writing about the first two). Angus Munro might think he is setting the record straight for others (and he is), but more important he is reliving his stories for himself, this time looking at it from the perspective of an adult. Not just to experience the pain again, but to move past it. This is a wonderful model for all of us to follow.

Not that what he relates doesn't have value on its own terms. As we head into yet another recession, Munro gives today's younger generation a glimpse of what our parents survived. He tells, with pride, of bringing goat milk to people afflicted with tuberculosis and hoeing potatoes in an adjacent vacant lot. There are also some tense meetings with his mother who remarried and has a new daughter. We have come to know the narrator so intimately that we feel his pain, his loneliness and his occasional joy of genuine friendship.

Then he grows up and we slip into a PowerPoint presentation of his business successes. These are my least favorite segments. There is much detail (he has incredible recall) but it doesn't really lead to our experiencing the scenes--though they do show humor and heart. He draws the conclusions for us (the same is true at the end of the book). Show don't tell, but I suspect what is really happening is that he is less inclined to analyze his vulnerabilities as an adult than he was in the earlier third of the book--for example, there is little about the women he marries (and divorces) in contrast to the in-depth treatment of his troubled sister Laura.

In that first part, a fifteen-year-old Angus joins that sister and her "mate" who has a one-person show with a carnival featuring rattlesnakes and Texas bull snakes. Even by this time the scrappy former school-dropout, who later became a very successful hospital administrator, must have thought the menace of reptiles pretty tame compared to the challenges he was facing. His rise above the past later on, even if a little less interesting reading, is certainly admirable. We should all have such richly satisfying lives.

Review by Emily-Jane Hills Orford, Allbooks Reviews.

Angus Munro is a fascinating man. He has a soft heart, an analytical mind, a good sense of humor and the business acumen of a Harvard business graduate. This says a lot for a man who keeps claiming to be a grade school dropout. There is definitely a message in Munro’s memoir, one that could benefit business people and, more particularly, people in hospital administration. Indeed, Munro’s book would be an excellent reading requirement for anyone pursuing a degree in the health care field.

A Full House – But Empty is a vivid account of one man’s journey through a life that witnessed pain, sorrow and the basic struggles to achieve and maintain one’s sense of pride and purpose against all odds. Angus was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He claims his sense of self-worth was first shattered at the tender age of three, when his mother abandoned the family (or was thrown out by the father). Growing up in the Depression years, with a single parent (his father), Munro is riddled with emotions that range from disillusionment to anger as he confronts a daily battle with his insecurities and feelings of inadequacies. But, despite what he claims as a meager background, Angus rises above his unusual upbringing to become a well mannered, dedicated and very respected administrator in the field of health care. Even the Harvard graduates could not measure up to this mere grade school dropout.

Munro is a true storyteller and his anecdotes are presented with both humor and sincerity that clearly reflects the man behind the story. He is a well-educated man, despite what he continually claims. As in the business world, Munro presents himself well in the printed word. Munro is a retired hospital administrator who once claimed Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada as his home. He is a product of the environment of his childhood and the hard-working acumen and caring nature that his father both demonstrated and dictated to his family. Munro is a man of his times and, yet, in his simple, caring nature, he is somewhat beyond the times in that he displays a compassion for both work and life, a sentiment that has sadly gone astray in more recent times with the growing state of mass consumerism and self-aggrandizement.

A Full House – But Empty is a refreshing read, full of good tips for both business management personnel and sound advice for the general public. It is highly recommended.

Review by Robert Snyder

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. This is the life story of Angus Munro, a Canadian-born grade school dropout who succeeds in both his career goals and life in general, despite seemingly overwhelming odds. Along the way, he manages not only to find self-fulfillment, but enriches the lives of many others he comes in contact with. From the beginning the cards are stacked against young Angus. He is born during the Great Depression and at a very young age must endure an illness requiring a lengthy hospital stay. It is during this very fragile time he learns his mother is no longer there to care for him, having left his father and the family. His new life soon becomes one of "ordered chaos" and uncertainty, as well as responsibility thrust on him much too soon. Angus weathers the many challenges and adversity of those early years and learns character lessons that help him succeed in the remainder of his adult life.

This book is full of colorful stories told in vivid detail that remind and teach us of the importance of perseverance in overcoming obstacles and the resilience of the human spirit. Being a former healthcare executive and consultant myself for many years, I especially appreciated and could relate to the work experiences shared by Mr. Munro during his long and successful career. His message is that true success comes not only by having the courage to face the challenges that come your way, but by putting others first and treating people the way you want to be treated. These were principles instilled in him by his father at a young age and they helped shape him as a person and turn a "not so promising" start into a very successful and rewarding finish. I highly recommend this very inspirational book.

Review by Debra Gaynor for ReviewYourBook.com,

Inspiring… A Full House—But Empty is a story that will bring a smile to your face and tears to your eyes. Angus Munro writes with great humility. I found myself respecting him more and more as I read his memoir.

He calls himself a neat freak. As a child, he was responsible for cleaning the house, cleaning up after poker games, and after the many frequent guests. As an adult, he never felt himself above cleaning the office on weekends. I know some neat freaks. Most complain the whole time they are cleaning up after someone else. Munro does not appear to have that type of personality. He sees something that needs to be done, and he just does it. His mantra is “Whatever you do follow through.” His work ethic is one that is to be admired. Rarely in this day do you meet someone that believes it is a privilege to have a job.

His father’s mantra of “do the right thing” has played a big part in Munro’s life as it should in all lives. It is an honor to recommend A Full House—But Empty to fellow readers. I commend Mr. Munro for living a life worth looking up to. There are not many heroes left in this world, but I deem Mr. Munro a hero.

Review by Midwest Book Review

The Great Depression was a devastating event for many families, both economically and emotionally. "A Full House – But Empty: A Memoir with a Message" Is Angus Munro's recollection of his life growing up in the swing of the Great Depression. Raised by a single father when his mother left the household, he sings his father's praises for doing what few men ever face. The lessons learned from his father set him on the right track in life, making "A Full House – But Empty" an inspiring tale for many a reader.

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