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by Ed Stivender
Stivender's Irish Catholic mother prayed for him to become a priest, but his Protestant Navy father warned him to "never get a job where you have to wear a dress to work". Stivender compromised--he taught religion in Catholic high school and found his true calling as a jongleur, telling stories, sometimes with music and often from the Bible. "The Robin Williams of storytel ...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published December 19th 2005 by August House Publishers
(first published September 25th 1992)
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The book is a look back at his growing up years as a child in a Catholic school and family. They're reminiscent of a Catholic version of Leave It To Beaver, cute but not laugh out loud funny. It was a loving look at his childhood that I enjoyed being shown, but I have a feeling he's even more entertaining as an oral storyteller.
Anecdotal memoir of growing up in the early 1950s in Philadelphia. Lovely and light. The nuns are kind and not mean. The boys' mischief is playful. A pleasurable read of an innocent time. Not at all like his storytelling, at least not like the fractured fairy tales that I am so fond of. Am passing it along to a raised Catholic friend who will get more out of it than I, a former Lutheran.
An interesting look at growing up in institutional Catholicism during a particular time (the 1950's), mining, from a pointedly different point of view, the same territory covered by comedian George Carlin. Fair warning: a little schmaltzy at times.
Apr 10, 2009 Sherry (sethurner) rated it really liked it · review of another edition
I've heard Ed Steivender tell stories from this collection, and when I read it I laugh out loud once more. You don't need to be raised Catholic to appreciate these stories from Stivender's youth.