The Consequence of Stars

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The Consequence of Stars is not a traditional memoir. Its center is not about dysfunction or overwhelming grief, but rather the story of searching. It is a memoir-in-essays about the longing for home, in all its meanings, an examination of a modern life that has forever been attempting to find balance and its place in the world. More

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About David Berner

David W. Berner is an award-winning journalist, broadcaster, author, and associate professor at Columbia College Chicago.

His first book, Accidental Lessons (Strategic Publishing) was awarded the 2011 Royal Dragonfly Grand Prize for Literature. His memoir, October Song, won the Royal Dragonfly Award in 2017. His second memoir, Any Road Will Take You There (Dream of Things Publishing) won the 2013 Book of the Year Award from the Chicago Writer's Association for Indie nonfiction and was short-listed for the Eric Hoffer Grand Prize. The Chicago Book Review named his collection of essays, There’s a Hamster in the Dashboard, a “Book of the Year” in 2015. David has been published in a number of literary magazines, online journals, and in Clef Notes Chicagoland Journal for the Arts. He also writes a blog on the creative process at and another on his regular walks with his dog at

In 2011, David was named the Jack Kerouac Writer-in-Residence at the Jack Kerouac Project. He lived and worked in Kerouac's historic home in Orlando, Florida for three months. In 2015, David was named the Writer-in-Residence at the Ernest Hemingway Birthplace Home in Oak Park, IL.
David is also a radio journalist, reporting and anchor for Chicago’s WBBM Newsradio and a regular contributor to the CBS Radio Network. David’s audio documentaries have been heard on public radio stations across America.

David grew up in Pittsburgh but now lives with his wife outside Chicago where he plays guitar and cares for his dog, Sam.

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Emily West reviewed on on Sep. 6, 2019

It's difficult to write a memoir (other than for family) without taking the most memorable experiences and writing memoir stories, which is what David Brewer has done. The first stories are about his birthplace, Pittsburgh, and the small town community he and his family were a part of. Although Americans are among the most mobile of populations, he says he was expected to stay in the same town and not to go to college. He broke the mold and moved to Chicago. Many of these stories are very interesting, and, as he is a published writer, rich material for his novels. This includes a story detailing his 5,000 mile journey on The Empire Express, which he based a book about fathers and sons on.
There's a touching story about dropping his son off at college, and a touching rendering of meeting his present wife, a thyroid cancer survivor. One gets the impression of a gritty man's man, someone who likes Hemingway, and certainly the daredevil story about driving a car, after lasik surgery, practically blind, upholds this. As I can hardly drive with my high prescription lenses I gave this one a miss!
In the last story he writes about his last home, in the town of Livingston, Virginia, where he has retired to. This, he says, is his final spiritual and physical home. He would not be alone among Chicagoans in seeking that place. This city is full of every race and language, extraordinarily stimulating, but also tiring. As well as the usual big city problems there are the challenges and beauty of so many people, so different, and corruption and taxes and rats. So, to move on to somewhere quieter after his travels, and moves within Chicago, is something the reader understands. Namaste!
I volunteered this review for an e-book of the memoir.
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