Book Review – A Life Undone

About the Book
In his compelling memoir of a fathers journey through the depths of grief after he loses his funny, enthusiastic, caring, and friendly daughter to a tragic accident, Kluger chronicles the early days of Ericas life and the hours, days, weeks, months, and years after her passing.

While sharing emails, letters, and diary entries, Kluger helps others understand why men grieve differently sometimes outwardly and sometimes privately and reflects on such poignant moments as when he walked into Ericas bedroom for the first time after the accident and realized she was never coming back to her room  ever.

From the religious rituals to the mistakes, regrets, and the joyous moments that eventually came, this compelling story will help others understand how a journey through grief can help us to see what we  were, what we are, and what we can become.

In A Life Undone he chronicles his grieving process, through the pain, anger, humor and ultimately, progression of his life. Barry will be in New York the 18-26, and with Father’s Day coming up I know there is a place for Barry’s book on your site.  
A Life Undone is a touching memoir, in which Barry chronicles his life with Erica and since her death through journal entries, emails, and letters. The book doesn’t hold back – Barry discusses the addiction problems Erica encountered, the role his divorce played in the direction her life took, the strain this put on his second marriage and ultimately, the toll her sudden death took.
About the Author
Barry Kluger is a media and public relations veteran, representing and working for some of the world’s most recognizable brands and companies.

He began his career as a news correspondent, covering the 1974 House Judiciary Impeachment hearings against former President Richard Nixon in 1974, as Washington Bureau Chief for New York’s, WBAB Radio.  He began his pr career in radio at WHN, New York and joined entertainment public relations firm March Five, where he supervised such accounts as Time-Life, Universal Television, Viacom and The Washington Post Company. He served as the ranking public relations executive at USA Cable Network, before moving to MTV Networks in 1985, where over the next ten years, he rose to the position of Senior Vice President, overseeing its channels, MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon, Nick at Nite, VH1 Europe and MTV Europe.

In 1995, he joined Prodigy Inc. as Senior Vice President, Communications, where he oversaw the pr activities of  Prodigy Internet, Prodigy China, Prodigy Mexico and Africa OnLine. In late 1997, he was a member of the management team that purchased the Company from IBM and Sears, going public in early 1998. In Spring of 1998, he founded Kluger Media Group, a public relations and crisis communications company, representing such clients as Prodigy, NBC Internet, Fingerhut Company, Federated Direct, Motor Trend TV, Shop NBC, Proxy Med and CondeNast, as well as several national and state political campaigns. He continues as Managing Partner in Kluger Media Group (KMG).

Pursuing his writing interest, he has been a regular contributing columnist since 2002 to Gannett’s Arizona Republic, The Jewish News, Phoenix Business Journal and Arizona Woman where he written over 200 columns.

He was appointed Chairman of the Arizona Governor’s Film and Television Commission in 2005 and served two governors, Janet Napolitano and Jan Brewer. He is a former board member of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and serves as Vice Chairman of the City of Scottsdale Channel 11 Programming Commission and Member of the Board of Councils for the School of Drama and Film at Arizona State University.

He lives in Scottsdale, Arizona with his wife Hope Kirsch, an attorney and their two dogs, Latke and Farfel.

He visits Erica often and talks to her-and she talks back.

My Take on the Book

Being a parent I can never imagine having to bury my own child, though I know that at times this occurs in life. In this new book Kluger does an amazing job at bringing to light the life and loss of his daughter and what it did to him and his family.

This story was touching and tragic. Though filled with humor, it still allows the reader to see the loss in a life cut too short.I believe that any of you will find this story to be one that will stay with you, you will not be disappointed!

If this sounds like a book you would like in your own collection you can find it on Amazon! For a limited time through September 1, the book is only available on

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