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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

DAUGHTER OF THE DRUNK AT THE BAR by Michelle O'Neill

When Michelle O' Neill first contacted me about whether or not her memoir would be suitable for Celerytree.com, I immediately resolved to buy myself a copy as one of my Celery Tree membership-required purchases. When Michelle sent us a print copy instead of an e-file, I read it in print, my favorite way to enjoy a book. I felt kind of bad getting a book for free that I had intended on buying.

Maybe someone reading this post who loves a good memoir will buy a copy, and I won't feel so bad. Because let me tell you, it is absolutely one of the best memoirs I have ever read. Seriously, if Michelle had sent this manuscript to WiDo Publishing, we would have snapped it up. I hope it's a screaming success. It certainly deserves to be.

Daughter of the Drunk at the Bar, the author's story of coming of age under the shadow of her father's alcoholism, can be found here.

I reviewed it briefly on Celery Tree, but a fuller review of this book can be found on Goodreads, here.

40 comments:

  1. Sounds like an amazing book. I'll have to pick it up.

    This is my first A to Z, and I'm loving it!

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  2. Wow, I am intrigued! And what a great title too! I love a good title.

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  3. Quite a painful memoir, no doubt, but probably with some laugh out loud moments.

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  4. It is, indeed, a great title.
    Karen

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  5. I agree, that is a great title. I will make a note of it for the future. And don't feel bad, I'm sure this book will do very well.

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  6. Sounds like a good one -- full of heartbreak and hilarity, perchance?

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  7. I love a good memoir, and this one sounds intriguing. *echoes the sentiments above about the great title*

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  8. I also love the title and the book sounds interesting.
    dreamweaver

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  9. Not much on memoirs, Karen, but it sounds intriguing. I will check it out when I finish my current read. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. Sounds like a great read! Thanks for the tip. Visiting from the A-Z challenge. :D

    Kathy
    http://gigglingtruckerswife.blogspot.com/

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  11. It sounds like a very nice book, and well especially in todays world so many children are growing up in homes with addicted parents and often that is a cycle that repeats.

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  12. I've read two in the last year that were really good - Karen and Ann's - and I don't even read memoirs! Maybe I'm on a new reading trend...

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  13. It sounds very sad! Thanks for letting us know about it.

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  14. P.S. I think "Daughter of the Drunk" would be an even more compelling title?

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  15. I'm finally reading Ann's right now, and it is great. This one sounds great as well, so I'll remember to read it soon. Thanks for the recommendation!

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  16. Thanks for the info to this memoir - sounds pretty harrowing - and I wish Michelle all the best! Take care
    x

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  17. That's an awesome book title. It really paints a picture of what it's like to be on the outside looking in.
    @Texas Playwright Chick I love a good book title too.
    - Maurice Mitchell
    The Geek Twins
    Film Sketchr
    @thegeektwins
    @mauricem1972

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  18. This does sound like a GOOD one! I'm off to check it out, since it's my favorite genre!!
    Ann Best, Author of In the Mirror & Other Memoirs

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  19. I always enjoy a good memoir. I'll have to check it out.

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  20. I had never heard of Celery Tree before. Thanks for sharing today's great information as well.

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  21. I'm glad I joined the A to Z Challenge and this is why. I had not heard of Celery Tree before today. I am definitely checking it out. Thank you.

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  22. With a title like that, I'm sure the novel holds many great words.

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  23. I love memoirs. I will check it out.

    I recently heard of Celery Tree and I am glad you have a lot of information here. This is great!


    Doris

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  24. Sounds like a great book! I'm also reviewing books for the challenge, hope you like a few of mine =) Best of luck with Celery tree. I'll check it out.

    From Diary of a Writer in Progress

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  25. Wonderful that you're using your blog to highlight the work of fellow authors, Karen.

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  26. Thanks for the suggestion. Best of Wednesday to you!

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  27. Memoirs are cool! Thanks for the heads up.

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  28. This is a memoir I could not write. My dad was an alcoholic, and I would not want to revisit those days again. If affects your whole life in many ways. But I think it is helpful for others to read these memoirs and perhaps recovering alcoholics could understand what it does to their kids. Writing is cathartic and helpful in many cases.

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  29. I like reading books in print too, because it's a different experience from reading a book. Not to mention the thieves in Chicago seek out the electronic devices like Kindles and iPads, so I know they would run off with mine if I bought one.
    I love reading memoirs (and that author you described came up with a really intriguing title, which I'm sure appeal to many people and make them want to buy the book). And don't feel guilty about getting the book for free, especially since the author sent you a copy and you promoted her book on your blog anyway.

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  30. I might get this for a friend of mine who is also the daughter of an alcoholic.

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  31. The title already grabs my attention. Sounds like an interesting read.

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  32. Thanks for the recommendation. I appreciate good memoirs; will give this one a go.

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  33. That sounds like a sad, but inspiring and poignant read. Have not heard of CeleryTree till now. Will go check it out!

    J.C. Martin
    A to Z Blogger

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  34. That sounds like a heartbreaking read!

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  35. Picked it up! Looks like a great read thanks for sharing :)

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  36. Glad I joined the A-Z Challenge for blogs like this: Celery Tree, and Daughter of The Drunk at The Bar. Plus I just like what I see here. Good stuff.

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  37. I've been planning on reading this book. I just read an interview with the author on facebook.

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  38. I have been planning on reading this book. I just read a good interview with the author on Facebook.

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  39. Hi Karen .. I sure hope Michelle is having good sales with this - it's always 'useful' to be able to read others' lives - we learn so much for ourselves and to share with others .. and thus help too ...

    Pity WiDo weren't able to get this .. still Celery Tree is getting better known .. cheers Hilary

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  40. Karen,

    Just seeing this today. Thank you so much for your kind words about my book. Thank you also to everyone for the caring comments here, and for all the title love!

    -Michelle O'Neil

    Daughter of the Drunk at the Bar

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