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Stuart Hotchkiss is at the end of his rope. Underemployment, bankruptcy, and a looming third divorce have worn him down. His mother has died. He’s estranged from his own son. Death seems like a release. The son of a once great Southern family, Hotchkiss spent his early life struggling to escape familial expectations and secrets. He paid for his own education and eventually Stuart Hotchkiss is at the end of his rope. Underemployment, bankruptcy, and a looming third divorce have worn him down. His mother has died. He’s estranged from his own son. Death seems like a release. The son of a once great Southern family, Hotchkiss spent his early life struggling to escape familial expectations and secrets. He paid for his own education and eventually secured a position as president of a national media conglomerate, only to resign a year later and bring senseless litigation that rendered him permanently underemployed. Southern Fried Fiction is all that a memoir should be—a captivating story, real and raw, with a healthy dose of humor to carry readers through the pain of its author’s loss and past mistakes. Through it, Hotchkiss eloquently exorcises the demons of his climb toward success, capping it off with a spark of hope beyond the veil of his near suicide, one that even the most cynical of us can find inspiration in. In the vein of Russell Baker’s Growing Up and Michael Gates Gill’s How Starbucks Saved My Life, Hotchkiss’s memoir is a moving account of one man’s battle to overcome his demons and start over.


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Stuart Hotchkiss is at the end of his rope. Underemployment, bankruptcy, and a looming third divorce have worn him down. His mother has died. He’s estranged from his own son. Death seems like a release. The son of a once great Southern family, Hotchkiss spent his early life struggling to escape familial expectations and secrets. He paid for his own education and eventually Stuart Hotchkiss is at the end of his rope. Underemployment, bankruptcy, and a looming third divorce have worn him down. His mother has died. He’s estranged from his own son. Death seems like a release. The son of a once great Southern family, Hotchkiss spent his early life struggling to escape familial expectations and secrets. He paid for his own education and eventually secured a position as president of a national media conglomerate, only to resign a year later and bring senseless litigation that rendered him permanently underemployed. Southern Fried Fiction is all that a memoir should be—a captivating story, real and raw, with a healthy dose of humor to carry readers through the pain of its author’s loss and past mistakes. Through it, Hotchkiss eloquently exorcises the demons of his climb toward success, capping it off with a spark of hope beyond the veil of his near suicide, one that even the most cynical of us can find inspiration in. In the vein of Russell Baker’s Growing Up and Michael Gates Gill’s How Starbucks Saved My Life, Hotchkiss’s memoir is a moving account of one man’s battle to overcome his demons and start over.

43 review for Southern Fried Fiction: How The Insidious Onset Of Depression Derailed A Successful Man's Life

  1. 5 out of 5

    John W. Howell

    This memoir by Stuart Hotchkiss is one of those unusual books that you begin for one reason and finish for another. I originally received the book from the author as background material for a radio interview I was doing with him. I started the book with the idea that I could at least get a handle on the author's style and writing ability. I did not intend to finish the book since I'm really not into memoirs. I think I was half way through when the radio show took place and Mr. Hotchkiss was now This memoir by Stuart Hotchkiss is one of those unusual books that you begin for one reason and finish for another. I originally received the book from the author as background material for a radio interview I was doing with him. I started the book with the idea that I could at least get a handle on the author's style and writing ability. I did not intend to finish the book since I'm really not into memoirs. I think I was half way through when the radio show took place and Mr. Hotchkiss was now history programming wise. Of course, I returned to the book just to read a little bit more as some additional questions came up in my mind during our interview that I wanted to clarify for my own purposes. You see Stuart Hotchkiss and I had a number of similar experiences and not wanting to take time away from the broadcast I figured I would just read a little to catch up. I finished the book and was amazed by what I had read. It was a fascinating read and I totally enjoyed it. What started out as a bleak search for a Glock 9MM automatic to be used as the last solution to Mr. Hotchkiss' misery turned into an uplifting story about reinvention and discovery. I was quite taken with the idea of so much going wrong in a person's life and yet that person kept trying to make the beast of a bad situation. This was in spite of the fact that most of the situations were self-induced. Marriages and fortunes disappeared and reappeared with a plot line you would find in a well-written thriller. Believe me this memoir is well written and could qualify as a thriller. The title of the book is a bit puzzling in that all the information in the story is true and Mr. Hotchkiss takes some time to demonstrate that the facts are verified. I suppose Southern Fried Fiction is a deeper way of saying the truth really has the appearance of fiction. In any case, I would recommend this book to anyone who could benefit from a positive lesson in overcoming obstacles or someone who just would want a good read.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan Ring

    *Won in a goodreads giveaway* A very good read. From the get go one feels that it is going to be an enlightening journey from front cover to back and it does not fail in that regard. Mr. Hotchkiss's life is an extraordinary one filled with love, heartache and all the doubts associated with being human. One feels his joy when good things happen only to have that joy stripped when the negative sets in. As one who has struggled with depression and anxiety I applaud his efforts to regain control of h *Won in a goodreads giveaway* A very good read. From the get go one feels that it is going to be an enlightening journey from front cover to back and it does not fail in that regard. Mr. Hotchkiss's life is an extraordinary one filled with love, heartache and all the doubts associated with being human. One feels his joy when good things happen only to have that joy stripped when the negative sets in. As one who has struggled with depression and anxiety I applaud his efforts to regain control of his life and encourage anyone experiencing these "demons" to give this book a shot. The first thing I usually do when receiving a book is read about the author and was surprised to find out that he lives in the same city I do, Boise. I have a feeling I've seen him before though I can't be sure. Give this book a try and more than likely you will not be disappointed.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Marianne

    ***I won this book through the Goodreads First Reads program*** I think the best way to describe this book is unputdownable. If I didn't have another book to read at the same time (I belong to a book club), I'm sure I would have finished it in only two or three days. I would often read it before bed and was always disappointed when it came time to sleep because I just wanted to keep reading! Although I didn't always agree with the author's actions, I couldn't help but root for him. As someone wh ***I won this book through the Goodreads First Reads program*** I think the best way to describe this book is unputdownable. If I didn't have another book to read at the same time (I belong to a book club), I'm sure I would have finished it in only two or three days. I would often read it before bed and was always disappointed when it came time to sleep because I just wanted to keep reading! Although I didn't always agree with the author's actions, I couldn't help but root for him. As someone who also deals with anxiety and depression, I had great empathy for him. I thought it was extremely well written for someone who (I assume) had no prior writing experience. Best of luck to him in the future.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Claudia

    Wow! I procrastinated reading this book when I first received it from the Goodreads Giveaway. Several weeks later, author Stuart Hotchkiss "nudged" me in an e-mail, politely asking if I had had a chance to review it yet. So, I after I finished reading the book I was currently reading, I gave it a go. I was happy that I did. This detailed, personal account of his roller-coaster life was entertaining, heart-wrenching and heart-warming----not necessarily in that order. The humbling outcome of the s Wow! I procrastinated reading this book when I first received it from the Goodreads Giveaway. Several weeks later, author Stuart Hotchkiss "nudged" me in an e-mail, politely asking if I had had a chance to review it yet. So, I after I finished reading the book I was currently reading, I gave it a go. I was happy that I did. This detailed, personal account of his roller-coaster life was entertaining, heart-wrenching and heart-warming----not necessarily in that order. The humbling outcome of the series of crazy events was a great testimony!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Helen

    Wow! What a quick read! I felt every disappointment and the author's trying times; the adventures were fun and exciting -- like I was there. I also felt the agony of the low periods. It's hard to imagine that this IS a true story. But then again, how could anyone make this stuff up?? In the end, what really shines through is the author's will to push through and begin again, with nothing. I hope he writes a great sequel. Wow! What a quick read! I felt every disappointment and the author's trying times; the adventures were fun and exciting -- like I was there. I also felt the agony of the low periods. It's hard to imagine that this IS a true story. But then again, how could anyone make this stuff up?? In the end, what really shines through is the author's will to push through and begin again, with nothing. I hope he writes a great sequel.

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