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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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About the Author

Michelle O'Neil is a former national radio news reporter whose freelance pieces have aired during NPR's Morning Edition in Washington DC. She's been published in anthologies, on-line magazines, a professional journal, and has guest posted on many blogs. Her website is: www.fullsoulahead.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 298 pages
  • Publisher: Full Soul Publishing (August 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615509010
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615509013
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,667,371 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book was so good! I loved all the references to the 80s--it took me right back to high school. I live ten miles from SUNY Oswego, where the author attended college. The little fish stand she referred to towards the end of the book is called Rudy's or The Loop right on the Lake Ontario shore. I can't believe she didn't like the food! We locals love Rudy's! There were some typos, but because the book was so good, I didn't let them bother me, except for the fact that the last family party for the summer was on Memorial Day. I believe that would be Labor Day. Highly recommended! Loved it!
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Someone who grew up around an alcoholic and in an alcoholic family can understand Michelle O'Neil's heart-felt story. They will identify with the child who has to walk on egg shells and find a way to survive a father who drinks away his paycheck, and a mother whose only alternative (not divorce) is working night shift as a nurse leaving the children to fend for themselves. People who love to read excellent writing will thoroughly enjoy the author's account of growing up with an alcoholic. Her style is simple but detailed and gives the reader an opportunity to enter her world. I enjoyed this book far better than some of the more famous author's who wrote about growing up in an alcoholic family or about their own alcoholism. This book deserves more attention!
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*Note that though Amazon says this is a large print title, it's not.

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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An absolutely satisfying read. The writing is done in such an authentic voice, with a complex main character you'll be rooting for throughout the book. It's one of those you stay up too late reading because you just can't stop. Looking forward to more from this author.
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O'Neil writes about her adolescence with such a true voice that the reader is instantly brought in to the story. Anyone who grew up during the 1970s and 1980s will laugh out loud (and cry) at the popular culture references that resonate decades later. This is the story of a girl who knew somehow that she needed to fight for herself, despite all of the messages she was getting to the contrary, and she inspires the reader to root for her at all costs. It takes a lot of courage to write this honestly and with such love. A beautiful story and a triumph for all.
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Absolutely beautiful story. For men, just change the Title to "Son of the drunk at the bar". This book has opened my heart back up to give me a glimmer of hope that I can try to fully realize the happiness that I've been denying myself for decades. Michelle O'Neil is a wonderful woman who has overcome her childhood and embraced life. I aspire to be as happy and open as she is now.
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This inspiring memoir takes the reader on a journey of discovery and awareness unlike any other coming of age story out there. With the strong first-person voice of Janie, her keen observations, and the intriguing storyline, Daughter of the Drunk at the Bar reads like an engaging novel. Readers learn much about growing up with alcoholism in the family as Janie navigates her life and circumstances with the candor, humor, and determination that ultimately sees her through.
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