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Cop's Kid: A Milwaukee Memoir Hardcover – August 30, 2003
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"Cop’s Kid is an original and engaging look at the family life of a cop through the eyes of his daughter. It is also a cultural snapshot of people and events that shaped American life during the 1950s, ‘60s, and ‘70s."—Jonathan L. Overby, host and producer of "Higher Ground"
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Terrace Books, a trade imprint of the University of Wisconsin Press
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This book is a funny and entertaining read for anyone, and a MUST read for those of us who are cops' kids!
Author Mel C. Miskimen puts a hilarious spin on the life and times of having a Dad as a Police Officer. From bringing home trinkets of rock stars (in her case - The Beatles, in my case - the rock band Cinderella), to interrogating the boyfriends, this book had me cracking up! Each page delivers new humor on an old topic - Cop Dad's are strict rulers of the house, lawncare fanatics, and great big teddy bears.
In addition to the joys and perils of having a Cop Dad, Miskimen details Polish family life and growing up in 1960's Milwaukee. The holidays and trips to Busia's (Grandma's) house, family relations, and going to an "all girls" high school add delightful detail to an already entertaining book.
Once you pick this book up, good luck putting it down! With it's great, humorous writing style, I haven't read a book this enjoyable in a long time! It's like a cross between Erma Bombeck and Dave Barry.
What I enjoy most about Mel's writing is that all the while she's making fun of her relatives, and of herself -- she avoids the negative cynicism that's common to many humor writers. You get the feeling that Mel loves to be surrounded by the offbeat. At a time when our nation is more sensitive to the sacrifices of those who serve and protect, along comes this fresh, human point of view.
I highly recommend this book, not just for cop's and cop families-but for any one who needs a lot of good laughs with an underlying appreciation of how wonderful it is to live in a world full of weirdo's.