121 University Place: Reader Reviews

Better Than Freud?

"It is a classic. It's a story no one has ever told. Even Freud did not explain the psychoanalytic process as well as you have. A zillion thanks. "

- Dianne T., Philadelphia, PA

Touching Account

"A touching account of how one man spent his young adulthood overcoming the adversity of his childhood. Through therapy and self-examination, the author leads the reader through a tumultuous and cathartic journey, ultimately arriving at transcendence. This is a must read for anyone struggling with depression, anxiety or self loathing".

- Eleni Kavros Degraw, CT

Riveting Tribute

"Riveting tribute to the doctor who gave Louis what his father couldn't give; love acceptance and dignity".

- Ed Sweeney, PA

Well Written!

"Very well written, very open and very honest, and straight to the point-this book made me understand that no matter what happens to someone in their life, THEY can overcome it and move forward and achieve great and wonderful things".

- Nick Kalli, London, England

Touching Account

"This book was a great example of the need to have hope in order to survive a father's abuse. I found Louis's story to be insightful and tragic. A well-written memoir from a courageous man".

- Rita Burriesci, NC

Best Book of the Year, May 13, 2009

"This book is, first of all, a phenomenal read. It’s well-written, interesting and offers an answer to many questions about the human condition. Lou Panesi has joined the ranks of the very few writers in history who’ve put to pen the suffering that can be correlated with the actions of a parent."

- Reader Review

Important Story, Well-Written, May 21, 2009

"I read this book in one day. It was well-written. Poignant. Heartwrenching."

- Reader Review

Courage, July 12, 2009

"Louis Panesi shows great courage in writing this book about the abuse and his passion to overcome the circumstances of his life. “Thanks Louis” for the passion and courage that you have shared."

- Reader Review

Other Reviews

“If you read the first two pages of Lou’s book, you have to finish it. It is impossible to put down."

- Joey Martin, Radio Host, CIBU Radio, Toronto, Canada
(Interviewed Panesi in 2007.)

“For a period of several years Panesi visited Dr. Shoemaker and his recounting of his sessions with the good doctor is a fascinating read. In fact, without having any formal training as a writer, Panesi understands more of the importance of economy of language and maintaining a good pace than many an experienced author.”

- Norm Goldman, “Top 500 Reviewer”, Editor & Publisher of Bookpleasures

“A fascinating account of the psycho therapeutic process told from the patient’s perspective…not for the squeamish or faint of heart.”

- James E. Lee, M.D., Neuropsychiatrist

“What a book, I couldn’t put it down.”

- Barbara Martinez, Charlotte, North Carolina Reader Reviews

Heart Wrenching, July 23, 2007

"I could not put this book down.  This is an amazing story of suffering, neglect and finally survival.  Hopefully, this book will serve as an inspiration to anyone who is suffering from abuse and neglect, and give them courage to persevere."

- Reader Review

Hard to Put Down, July 29, 2007

"This book was interesting and very sad.  The author’s ability to recall conversations makes the book captivating and you want to keep reading it."

- Reader Review

A Candid Story, October 7, 2008

"Abuse is a topic that families try to hide and most people don’t like to talk about and therefore it is great when an individual is willing to share their story."

- Reader Review

A rare and intelligent account of a son surviving his dysfunctional Father . . .

"Lou Panesi exposes himself honestly and directly as he retells his life story. His dysfunctional Father nearly destroys his chance of a normal life leaving him homeless and alone by the age of nineteen. Fate connects him to a caring and talented psychiatrist that leads him on an agonizing and amazing recovery. The book is ultimately one of triumph and redemption that leaves the reader feeling proud of Lou and glad they were permitted along for the ride."

- Scott H. Cupp, Attorney



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