Priestdaddy

Priestdaddy

eBook - 2017
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The author shares her memories of life with a Catholic priest for a father, and how as an adult, she and her non-religious husband were later forced to move back in to her parents' rectory for eight months due to a crisis.
Publisher: New York :, Riverhead Books,, 2017
ISBN: 9780698188396
069818839X
Characteristics: 1 online resource (333 pages)
Alternative Title: Axis 360 eBooks

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Indoorcamping
Oct 11, 2017

From the first pages, this is the most unusual tone and use of language that I've experienced for a long time. I heard about this book from the New York Times Review of Books podcast and they couldn't talk it up enough. The author is a poet and it makes the words and sentences seem like little poems, but the total is so much greater than that.

As someone who was once married to a cult leader-type strong male authority-type con artist-type figure, the Priestdaddy part of this was something I've seen and experienced. So it was creepy and informative and eye-opening and cringe-worthy to hear a daughter's take on having a father like that. So strong in his own mind, so weird yet so confident and so almost narcissistic.

The mom is the one I just loved. And the author, and the author's husband. They're just infinitely interesting and adorable and so happy to have had the opportunity to experience her life through her writing, which is spectacular.

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MikeEe
Aug 17, 2017

Patricia Lockwood's memoir about her life up to now as a Catholic priest's daughter is extremely funny, very clever and terribly well written. If you love language, you'll love this book.

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lynelliot
Jul 25, 2017

An excellent memoir in an original voice. One of the best I've read in a long time.

OatmealThunder Jul 13, 2017

Wry, witty, and observant; Lockwood has a way of writing and seeing things that sticks with you. A little longer than it needed to be, but absolutely worth the read - especially if you're someone who grew up in a religious home, or if you have strong feelings about organized religion.

Cynthia_N Jul 07, 2017

The title is super creepy but the book is not! Lockwood's father has special dispensation from the Catholic church because he was married before he entered the priesthood. The book does not feel religious it just feels like the story of a family (and oh yeah, the father is a priest). Funny and heart warming!

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petitefeet
Jun 30, 2017

Patricia Lockwood's writing is witty, hilarious and entertaining. Even if you have not experienced Catholicism, you will discover her family experiences to be cleverly woven with religion. I read this in two days because I couldn't wait for the next chapter. She speaks my language! Great book.

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MplsTA
May 24, 2017

I loved the book and read it within a couple of evenings.

Ms Lockwood has a very unconventional father who became a Catholic priest late in life after transitioning from another religion. He is a hilarious character that plays guitars as if he were a rock star and likes to lounge around in his shorts. His witty comments made me laugh out loud.

It's raunchy at times but also touching as the adult daughter (and her husband) move back home to share the rectory with her parents while also sharing their "church life".

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