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Born into poverty in 1950, in a house that used to be an alley way. I was stolen by my grandmother at three months, and never given back to my parents who lived just across the street. My life has been filled with one mad adventure after another and this book is just one part of it, but its a part you will not be able to stop reading.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 372 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1479164178
  • ISBN-13: 978-1479164172
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,878,286 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born into poverty in a house that used to be an alley, in Ireland in 1950. I was stolen by my grandmother at three months and never given back to my parents who lived across the street. It broke my fathers spirit and he took to the drink. From then on my other five siblings and I were destined for a big fat nothing, and three of us were even told we would be blind before becoming teenagers.
In our little attic my brother and I made gunpowder, talked on a beam of light ever before fiber optics was even heard of, and among numerous other inventions we blotted out the whole towns radio service for weeks.
As a teenager while sitting on an old castle window sill, I saw a vision of an American girl appear before my eyes, and I spent the next thirty years searching for her despite being married with three children. Eventually I did find her in Missouri in the USA, then a whole new life began for me, culminating in a trip to Monument Valley and this book, but its not over yet.
I work in Radio broadcasting, own my own Video Production company, and with my brother and his partner we also own two US Patents that will cure the killer condition known as Deep Vein Thrombosis. My life so far has been one amazing journey driven always by Hope for a better day tomorrow. This Hope was given to all of us by an extraordinary mother,in between Two Walls and a Roof.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By buck on September 2, 2012
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a very funny and heartfelt book. the authors style of writing is pleasantly different. its as if the reader is drawn into his life and we become part of the stories. for me the book is similar to Angelas ashes which i enjoyed immensely. we are given a sense of poverty around Ireland and county cork in the 1950 's and along with it you feel the fighting Irish spirit brought through by the author in funny recounts of his life. very enjoyable.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Aidan Murphy on November 18, 2012
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I really enjoyed this book. John has had an interesting life and shares some great stories. It does put in perspective how much easier life has gotten for us. When one looks at the struggles to survive that took place in rural Ireland in the 50's and 60's, it does place our current economic downturn in context.

Whereas on one hand I felt the book could have been edited a bit more, maybe that would have the lost the rawness and honesty that shines through. What made this book special were the lessons we can all take from it. Love, understanding, forgiveness and honesty burn brightly in the author. He is not afraid to admit where he made mistakes, but likewise is not willing to blame others for any misfortunes that happened to him. I believe that one of the great gifts we have as humans is the ability to take responsibility for our actions and try and shape our destiny. Reading this book helped to reaffirm these beliefs and this alone makes the book a worthy read.

However it would be remiss of me not to mention that there are some great yarns and fabulous social commentary in it as well. Treat yourself and read this book. You will not regret it. Well you might. I couldn't put it down the first night and dealing with two very active young sons in the morning after little sleep is not to be recommended!

Well done Mr. Cahill - not many are brave enough to be so open about themself like you are in this book and we are all the richer for it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Linda Hayes-Lies on November 18, 2012
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I have read many opinions where people compared ( in a good way ) Two Walls and a Roof to Angela's Ashes...I love both books and find laughter, tears, and yes hope in both..What I would like to convey, to people who may say, " I've read Angela's Ashes, why buy this one? " I say to you, that John Cahills journey was much different that Frank McCourts...In both books you will find despair, redemption, hope and most of all courage to find your way out of the darkness that life can sometimes bring.
I would say, that if you made that decision, you would miss some of the most wonderful antics of a young John Cahill in his youth. The horrendous antics that he, his brothers and his friends survived by some miracle...
The love he had for family, perserverence to overcome the poverty that he grew up in.
The strength and sometime quirky resolve of the women in his youth.
I say to you who would pass this up because you read Angela's Ashes, STOP...This is a entirely different journey and one that you will be literally covering all emotions...Laughter, sadness and feel the despair that was John Cahills...Most of all you admire the man who lived this interesting life, and know that no matter to what situation we are born into, we can overcome and become outstanding adults...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Katherine Stephenson on August 13, 2013
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I LOVED this book!! I couldn't put it down. Had to see what the next "adventure" was going to entail! I laughed, cried and snorted my way through this delightful book! The author brings his family to life with love, humor and just a touch of sarcasm and whimsy. He makes you feel that THIS is a family with which you'd love to sit and share a "cuppa" with.
Hoping that he will soon have another book available!Two Walls and a Roof: Ireland Born America Bound
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Brennan on September 29, 2012
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John Michael Cahill is a gifted storyteller.I was deeply moved by his ability to reconcile with his alcoholic father, his love for his mother and his understanding of his Nanna and the demons that drove her. I curled up with laughter over the tricks he played on his family. I could not put the book down. John captures the true nature of a complicated family when seen with the eyes of love and forgiveness.Anyone with Irish roots could read his book and identify with the characters. You will absolutely love it!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By P. Arnett on September 9, 2012
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I am still reading this book, but I just couldn't help making a review half way through. I listen to Two Walls and a Roof as I work, I have been finding myself anxious to go to work just so I can listen to more of the life and times of John. One can't help laughing out loud at some of the prankster tricks John has pulled. Or wonder in amazement how he could possibly still be alive!! Admire his determination to accomplish all he has done. I know by the time I am finish listening to Two Walls and a Roof, I will walk away wishing for another story about the life and times of John. This is a wonderful story teller, who can wrap you up and pull you in, capturing your attention from beginning to end.

I wanted to come back and give my review again, since I finished this book. There is one negative point I have to make. It ended. I looked forward to this book every time I had the chance to either listen to it or read it. I was disappointed when I discovered I reached the last page. I do hope a second book comes out. This is truly a wonderful story teller.
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