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Daughter of the Drunk at the Bar: For Every Regular Manning a Barstool There's Likely a Family at Home Paperback – August 11, 2011
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O'Neil writes through the eyes of a young girl named Janie who continually tries to make sense of her chaotic and inconsistent lifestyle. She manages to capture so well the thoughts and feelings of a girl between the ages of eight and twenty-two years of age. Janie is smart and possesses a spark that often sees her through some of her most difficult times. She is an extremely likable character, all the more so as she shares her countless vulnerabilities in the face of utter turmoil. In spite of her situation and well against the odds, Janie finds her own way and discovers not only who she is but also how worthy she is. As she grows into a young woman she realizes perhaps for the first time where her many strengths and talents lie and forges a path for herself, this time on her terms.
Listening to O'Neil's story I felt a mixture of sadness, sympathy, nostalgia, and finally triumph. Since she grew up during the same time I did, I delighted over such references to favorite T.V. shows like Laverne and Shirley (also a favorite of mine) and her mention of sitting in the "way back" in her grandparents Suburban (pg. 92). I didn't realize that others outside my own family used that term as well.
I can completely understand the rationale for O'Neil putting into words her story and imagine her many reasons for doing so. I commend her bravery and courage and continually cheered her on throughout the book.Read more ›
The author captures the 70s and 80s - my 70s and 80s - so well. Love's Baby Soft, the Bee Gees, and the need of a teen to fit in. It's hard to fit in, though, when things are upside-down at home. The author's anger and hurt and shame are so evident; reading, I felt her pain. Her memories brought back some memories of my own, good and bad. While her alcoholic father features prominently in the story, this is also a story about working through the rough times that life throws at us, finding the strength we need to survive and thrive, and growing beyond the confines of our upbringing.
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Absolutely beautiful story. For men, just change the Title to "Son of the drunk at the bar". Read morePublished 7 days ago by mark bannach
I read this book awhile back. But it is the kind of story you revisit in your mind long after you finish the last page. A beautiful book -- and an especially brave one.Published on January 28, 2014 by Courtney
This review is written by Susie Spellicy.
Michelle O'Neil is a wonderful writer and talented storyteller. Her writing style is observant, detailed and shows true emotion. Read more
Michelle's ability to write through the eyes of a little girl is amazingly powerful. The book will make you laugh and cry out loud... Read morePublished on January 4, 2012 by Hockey Dude in a business suit
O'Neil writes about her adolescence with such a true voice that the reader is instantly brought in to the story. Read morePublished on January 3, 2012 by authorwork
Was a very disturbing book. Brought back may unpleasant feelings form my childhood. She is a very good story teller for one did not want to put the book down. Read morePublished on October 9, 2011 by Robert L. Vieyra