Touching Gently: A Memoir - Book Review

Touching Gently: A Memoir

Author: Charles I. Hargrove
Genre: Non Fiction - Memoir
Publisher: Ambler Publishing Company
Date Published: November 15, 2020
ISBN-10: 1734045620
ISBN-13: 9781734045628

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Book Review of :  Touching Gently: A Memoir


In his book, Touching Gently, A Memoir, Charles Hargrove had the unique ability to welcome the reader to the culture and times living in Southern California in the 1930s. He takes the reader on a journey beginning with his childhood, which included loving parents, horses, boy scouts, a teenage romance, acceptance into the right crowd at school, a job in the family business, his first heartbreak, and a chance at an acting career.

Hargrove’s memoir continues with detailed vignettes of his experiences in college, meeting the love of his life, Joan Von Euer and his stint in the Navy during the Korean War. Serving as a Quartermaster on a destroyer, he writes vivid descriptions of life aboard the USS Halsey Powell: sleeping in narrow bunks stacked three feet high, rough seas and seasickness.

When his military service ended and with a college degree in business, he began a long and successful career with Bank of America in the Trust Department before creating his own business as a Private Professional Fiduciary. Hargrove shares insights and wisdom that shaped his career as well as his philosophy as a guiding principle of behavior.

We read fiction to escape into unknown places and unknown times, into a world that may be exciting and riveting, yet, stories that actually happened can be just as poignant. Touching Gently portrays life in the 20th Century, expressing clearly a value of intellectualism and optimism.

Reviewed by: Carol W

About Charles I. Hargrove

Charles Hargrove was born in Redlands, California, in 1928. He currently lives in Pasadena, California, with his wife, Andrea, and their toy French poodle, Sophie. Between then and now he has lived a full life. Professionally, Charles worked most of his career for Bank of America, from which he retired as a Vice President and Regional Trust Officer in Southern California. Following his retirement from the bank, Charles became a successful entrepreneur, forming his own fiduciary business. He served in the Armed Forces and pursued acting on stage and screen. He was on the Board of the Otis Art Institute, on the Investment Committee for Los Angeles Children?s Hospital, and on the Finance Committee for Descanso Gardens. Charles loved golf from the time he was seventeen years old; many years later he became a five handicap player. And at a young age he met, then married, the love of his life. From such plentiful source material, and eagerly encouraged by friends and family, he produced his book, Touching Gently, A Memoir.

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