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Walking Through Walls

Walking Through Walls
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ISBN10: 
1416542949
ISBN13: 
9781416542940
Pages: 
256
Published: 
September 16th 2008 by Atria
Rating: 
3.89

"Running with Scissors" meets "Bewitched" in this irresistible memoir, as Philip Smith describes growing up in 1960s Miami with his decorator father, who one day discovers he has the miraculous power to talk to the dead and heal the sick.After a full day of creating beautiful interiors for the rich and famous, Lew Smith would come home, take off his tie, and get down to his real work as a psychic healer who miraculously cured thousands of people. For his son, Philip, watching his father transform himself, at a moment's notice, from gracious society decorator into a healer with supernatural powers was a bit like living with Clark Kent and Superman.

"Walking Through Walls" is Philip Smith's astonishing memoir of growing up in a household where seances, talking spirits, and exorcisms were daily occurrences, and inexplicable psychic healings resulted in visitors suddenly discarding their crutches and wheelchairs or being cured of fatal diseases.

While there are benefits to having a miracle man in the house, Philip soon discovers the downside of living with a father who psychically knows everything he is doing. Surrounded by invisible spirits who tend to behave like nagging relatives, Philip looks for ways to escape his mystical home life -- including forays into sex, surfing, and even Scientology.

By turns hilarious and profound, "Walking Through Walls" recounts Philip Smith's often bizarre but always magical coming of age in a household that felt like a cross between Lourdes and the set of "Rosemary's Baby," and shows how he managed to map out his own identity in the shadow of a father who, truly, loomed larger than life itself.

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