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Wonderfully Dysfunctional - It Must be Genetic

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The true story of... A gypsy mother who refused to wear a bra and a father who refused to leave his first wife. A brother who slept under the coffee table and a sister who was kidnapped. A cheating minister, a missing uncle and a feisty red-headed grandmother who was longing to leave it all.

I always knew my family was unusual, but I was lucky enough to have escaped that g
Paperback, 198 pages
Published August 27th 2012 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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Buffi Neal
Sep 03, 2012 Buffi Neal rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Writing and editing this memoir was the most difficult journey of my life. People often ask me if this is a true story. The answer is most absolutely yes. All of the stories are 100% true. I hope it makes you laugh or cry or maybe just feel inspired. After reading, I would be honored if you would review this memoir on Amazon.
Thank you for reading!
Aug 25, 2013 Melissa rated it it was amazing
I could not put this book down! This captured my attention,emotion and I felt as if I was there!!! I absolutely LOVED the characters in this book and will recommend this book to my fiends
Sharon Martin
This story has turned my life upside down, the brutal honesty of the author is incredible and anyone who is lost or looking for hope should read this book.

The author has to visit her ailing grandma in a nursing home, after each visit memories are remembered and a picture of how she spent her youth and grew up are portrayed. This book will question your relations with your family and close friends and is your family really dysfunctional or are they just normal. The truth and honesty of the author
Randi Miller
Aug 06, 2013 Randi Miller rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-club
The Book Wonderfully Dysfunctional Wonderfully Dysfunctional: It Must be Genetic (Volume 1) is a heartwarming story of a woman's journey to find "normal". This story takes you through Buffi's exciting life filled with childhood pranks, poverty, friendships, loss and most importantly, self-discovery. This book is a great pick for book clubs and gives the reader plenty of topics for discussion/reflection. This author has a way of bringing you through the chapters smoothly. I could not put it down ...more
This was one of the most heartwarming, honest, relatable books I have ever read. It is relatable to everyone in onw way or another. Nobody has the perfect family, but we relate to them like no one else in our lives. This book makes you realize that. Knowing how successful Buffi has been in her life, also proves we can all overcome our crazy families. the book puts you through every emotion, because it is so relatable. I loved it so much, and it gave me a new appreciation for my family.
Cindy Masefield
Jan 25, 2013 Cindy Masefield rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! It made me laugh and it made me cry. I could relate to many of the feelings and events that Buffi wrote about. Truly thought provoking and definitely a "good read"!
Kayme Tims
Sep 17, 2013 Kayme Tims rated it really liked it
LOVED it! Reminds me of my own dysfunctional family and the ongoing "process" of my grandmother passing. A must read for sure!
Kelli Guilbeau
Nov 25, 2013 Kelli Guilbeau rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful, funny and touching story that will have you laughing and comparing your family to the author's family. Buffi Neal has this quirky sense of self in her writing that draws the reader in. While her story deals with difficult issues, she talks about them with such frankness and with amusing ancedotes that you are left with a feeling of acceptance and the joy of knowing anything can be overcome.

Buffi, like so many others of us, has always craved a "normal" life/family, and hasn't al
Create With Joy
Dec 13, 2013 Create With Joy rated it it was amazing
If you come from a “nice” and “normal” family – if you feel uncomfortable around people who are a “little off kilter” – if you are looking for a sweet memoir with a sappy ending – then be forewarned:

Wonderfully Dysfunctional – It Must Be Genetic by Buffi Neal may not be the book for you.

On the other hand:

If your family has more skeletons in their closet than clothes – if putting the “fun” back in dysfunctional sounds oddly appealing – if reading the memoir of a woman who might just make your lif
Nov 02, 2013 Sherry rated it it was amazing
uch a great story! Buffi Neal is a natural storyteller and brings you into her life. Is it a dysfunctional family is is just how all families are? I actually had a few moments there that I was thinking my family was normal (for once).

Follow Buffi as she gives us glimpses in the lives of four generations of women in her family. From Mopsie, all the way to her daughter, Amanda. There are some funny stories that had me smiling and even laughing, but there are serious moments about growing up with a
Elizabeth Towns
Dec 01, 2013 Elizabeth Towns rated it it was amazing
I first encountered Buffi Neal in SheWrite, a web based group where burgeoning writers find a space to grow and belong. I was drawn to her profile by some commonalities and by her voice - the way she expressed herself. When I saw Wonderfully Dysfunctional published, I was immediately sure I had to read it. I found in the memoir style writing the same voice that first drew me. Neal is telling her life story with passion and bravado and humility, while at the same time allowing the reader to ...more
Nov 28, 2013 Adriana rated it it was amazing
Wonderfully Dysfunctional by Buffi Neal is exceptional even in its generality. What I mean is the memoirs are like reading the stories of numerous families living segments of Buffi Neal’s life but when reading it; all became unique. At times, I kept asking myself “what will happen next?” while in other circumstances; I just knew that reality had set in. Divorce, laughter, tears and many crazy moments had a way to stir up my emotions.

Wanting a “normal” life? When reading Wonderfully Dysfunctiona
Victoria Brinius
Nov 22, 2013 Victoria Brinius rated it it was amazing
This was a book about strong family connections and the need to be your own person. Buffi's family is truly dysfunctional. Each member has their own idiosyncrasy. Buffi thinks that they make her and her family weird and outcasts. All her life she wanted to be normal, just like everyone else. What she doesn't realize is that her strange relatives is what makes her like so many other people. I laughed when Buffi was deciding whether or not to wear a bra. It made me think of all the bra ...more
Mary Bearden
Dec 04, 2013 Mary Bearden rated it it was amazing
This is a really funny story about a quirky family who isn't really unlike so many out there, we just don't admit it to a lot of people. I have some really interesting characters in my family tree so I can relate to this story.

The author has made this a really interesting and fun book to read and you will laugh thru most of it. Buffi really does seem to have some family members that do push the mental envelope, but they are basically kind people who just know how to have fun and not be mean abou
Nov 20, 2013 Jayedee rated it it was amazing
Reading Wonderfully Dysfunctional was a lot like looking back at my own dysfunctional childhood, and gives me a LOT of insight about how my own children might look back on theirs! I read through it quickly the first time, kind of like a starving woman presented with a banquet. After I'd had a bit of time to digest it all, I went back through it slowly, savoring each bit and was just as disappointed to finish it the second time, as I was the first time around.

To tell the truth, I am completely e
Kolchak Puggle
Nov 25, 2013 Kolchak Puggle rated it it was amazing
Coming from a wonderfully dysfunctional family of my own, It Must Be Genetic was an endearing and funny look at what makes every family unique, special and absolutely dysfunctional. As Buffi let each story unfold, I was drawn into this family and their trials and tribulations, wanting to know more about what shaped them and made them so wacky and so well adjusted, all at the same time. From the inappropriate laughing 'round Mopsie's death bed to the recounting of all the old family stories, each ...more
Feb 24, 2013 Emily rated it it was amazing
I really, really enjoyed this book. It was so easy for me to relate to the author because of her down to earth writing style. The way that she writes is so similar to the way that the voice in my head speaks that it really impressed me. In many ways, I don't have much in common with Buffi - I'm 21, not married, no kids, and have been in a relationship for 5 years. But, I also have a fairly dysfunctional family. In fact, I think way more people have dysfunctional or weird families than have ...more
Nov 15, 2013 Natalie rated it it was amazing
"If the majority of us are dysfunctional, wouldn't that be normal?"
I am from a dysfunctional family. To be honest, I sometimes think that it is my family that has helped me be more functional at times. However as Buffi points out, we are not able to avoid the inevitable. From our challenges, we learn. Within our challenges, we grow to support each other for better or for worse.
"I'm convinced that my goal in this lifetime is not to judge others because the moment that I say "I would never do that
Dec 09, 2013 Ashley rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I loved this book. and ummmm did I mention I love this book?

I loved the way I no longer feel as if my family is not normal after reading books like this one. Hearing about the pranks and the braless (seriously people why did anyone force this contraption on us?) women made me feel right at home. Buffi Neal has an amazing way of being both hysterical and matter-of-fact that I really respect. She didn't try to sugar coat the good or the bad and she definitely didn't sugar coat t
Debbie Denny
Nov 18, 2013 Debbie Denny rated it it was amazing
It is so awesome to know I am not alone in having a dysfunctional family! Buffi Neals account is clear and honest storytelling at it's best. As she shares the connections that made her who she is today, I found myself acknowledging the many ways (both sad and happy) that made me who I am today. I was captivated by her stories of life within her family sphere, and Mopsie... well you need to read about her yourself. We are born into this world to experience and learn, but no matter how the history ...more
Dec 05, 2013 Ashley rated it it was amazing
I definitely could not put this book down. I felt as though I was there seeing everything as it happened. Buffi is very talented and is an author you won't want to pass up the opportunity to read about. With the majority of the book centered around the possible death of a grandmother it is still so much more going on. The quirkiness of this family made me want to be more like them! Not worrying so much about what others think but doing what I need to do for me and live my life. I definitely ...more
Tanya Watt
Sep 30, 2013 Tanya Watt rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-favorites
Reading Wonderfully Dysfunctional was a lot like looking back at my own dysfunctional childhood, and I think that made the book even more enjoyable for me. I was even disappointed when I finished it, wishing it would never end.

Her writing style is so unique, you feel like your right there with her and feeling the emotions like she was. At one time I was so angry my husband thought I was crazy. But that’s okay, it was worth every tear and scowl that crossed my face, because this book was truly a
Allyson Bossie
Dec 10, 2013 Allyson Bossie rated it it was amazing
This book brought out a myriad of emotions in me ranging from full out crying to laughter. I had several "aha moments" while reading this book, yet I felt like I am not alone in the wonderful crazy world I grew up in. Buffi portrays the patch work quilt of people in her life in a way that you can't help but love all them because of their quirks! Wonderful read that elicits the wide spectrum of emotions while helping you understand that the difficulties she faced made Buffi the strong, amazing ...more
Michelle Garrett
Nov 24, 2013 Michelle Garrett rated it it was amazing
Ever had a friend that had riveting stories that pulled you in every time you were together? You would laugh along with them but in the back of your mind wonder, "Should I be laughing at this?" This is what reading Wonderfully Dysfunctional: It Must Be Genetic was like. The memories and experiences shared within this book draw you in - especially when you remember you are reading actual experiences. Anyone with a family that has quirks (and who doesn't NOT have quirks these days?) can relate to ...more
Angela McKinney
Dec 07, 2013 Angela McKinney rated it it was amazing
I absolutely enjoyed this book! I love when an author does not hold back and lets it all out. It was right up my alley. It keeps you on your toes and wondering what she will do next. I think I related to the book because I am a lot like Buffi. She keeps you in tune with what is going on and there is something surprising on every page. I love that about this book. It kept me hooked and I was able to finish it really fast. Definitely one of the best books I have read!
Nov 22, 2013 Gina rated it it was amazing
I come from a bit of a dysfunctional family myself… okay, a lot more than a bit dysfunctional, lol!!
This book felt a lot like coming home. I alternated between tears and giggles throughout the book…and even that reminded me of a typical day MY wonderfully dysfunctional family.
Buffi found a way to thrive in her dysfunction, and that ultimately is the message of the book.
If you have a less than picture perfect family that you love more than life, you must read this book!!
Maggie Fout
Nov 30, 2013 Maggie Fout rated it it was amazing
Buffi's family is truly dysfunctional but in a comical and endearing way. Buffi is a natural at weaving a quirky story that draws us not only into her family but also brings us reflection on our own family stories. Her style of writing is fluid and bare bones honest. I found Wonderfully Dysfunctional to be a fantastically weaved tapestry and I cannot wait to read more of Buffi’s writing!!
Mar 24, 2014 Michelle rated it it was amazing
wonderful! I'm so glad this author found her way to write this book. Hopefully, it will not be her last. It's so well written and I found myself laughing and crying and laughing while crying!
I related to her on so many levels and she made me realize how my families dysfunction is not quite as unbelievably alone in its craziness.
Irene Farragher Haas
Oct 17, 2012 Irene Farragher Haas rated it it was amazing
Great book to read. It's a memoir written by someone from my high school.
David Duncan
Mar 25, 2014 David Duncan rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all adults
Shelves: first-reads
This is my thirty-second book that I have read from Goodreads. This story is about Buffi Neal, and her wonderfully dysfunctional family. It is comical one minute you would be laughing and the next she could have you with tears in your eyes. The author does a really great job of writing this story about her families life.
I found it really interesting the amount of traveling Buffi mother did when the kids were young, she is divorced and marries and moves the family out of the United States to Isra
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Buffi Lynn Neal is a free-spirited mother of two currently living in a small town in Central New Jersey. She earned her Masters of Computer Science from Lehigh University. She also holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in both Mathematics and Physics.

Although Buffi spent twenty years working in the field of Computer Science she longed for the day that she could use her passion for writing to tell th
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