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Raised Catholic

3.3  ·  Rating Details ·  23 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
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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Oct 24, 2008 Shannon rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, memoirs
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.
May 28, 2014 Betty rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir, american
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.
May 10, 2008 Andy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
A humorous and nostalgic memoir of a catholic childhood.
Sherry (sethurner)
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.
Apr 30, 2014 Cynthia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
The author is a professional storyteller and his stories about his youth in Catholic school, being an altar boy, etc. are well-told and very amusing.
Memoir of growing up Catholic in the 50s/60s.
Helene Slowik
An ok memoir of a young boy in Philadelphia - some reports of Catholic school-related activities but not enough to deserve the title. May have more interest to Philadelphians.
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