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4.13  ·  Rating details ·  24 ratings  ·  20 reviews
This is an OPEN, perma-free book written to honor the memory of precious loved ones. Writing a tribute is an act of gratitude and a priceless gift to future generations. If you have ever wanted to write something to celebrate the life of a favorite relative or in honor of a personal hero, now is the time to do it. Submit your 4,000-10,000 word tribute/memoir; if it's good ...more
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Published October 5th 2014 by Philip J McQuillan (first published November 9th 2013)
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Beem Weeks
Feb 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever wondered about those ancestors that came before you? I’m talking about your grandfather’s uncle. Do you know anything about that sort of relative? If you’re like most people, you know next to nothing. It’s just the way of life. A person can be virtually forgotten within two generations.

Philip J. McQuillan understands this fact of life all too well. So he set about ensuring his own father wouldn’t be lost to future generations of McQuillans. His book, entitled Grandfather’s Uncle,
...more
Benedict Stuart
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sweet Memories!

Nice and sweet way of remembering our loved ones and family, our history, artifacts, culture etc. Great idea of an open-ended story, which could be extended with numerous contributions.
Grady
Jun 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
‘Inimitable’

A bit about the author of this brief but memorable little book: Philip Jude McQuillan was born in 1954 in Michigan. He spent his early school years in Philadelphia, PA and Vineland, NJ. After a brief career in commercial shipping, he moved to Costa Rica and spent 20 years there raising a family, teaching English and Spanish in his free time. In 2001, he returned to the US with his second family, and eventually moved back to his hometown to spend time with his father Phillip Louis
...more
Donna McBroom-Theriot
Grandfather's Uncle is a wonderful book written in a Reader's Digest style. We all love hearing the stories of the generations before us and Phil McQuillan has taken the stories that have filled his life and compiled them into a book that is a heart-warming read and offers the reader an opportunity to see who McQuillan's father was and how entertaining he could be. His father loved Shakespeare and words and this was truly a part of the story that I loved. I love words and I was entertained by ...more
Susan Joyce
Mar 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Phil McQuillan believes that stories are sacred memories and invites readers and writers to pay tribute to a family member, or someone special, by writing their story down. Phil wrote the first story in this 'work in process' book to honor his beloved father; his hero! His heart-warming account of his father's gentle ways is touching indeed and assures his father's story will live on for future generations.

To date, there are three short stories in this open book. Phil is joined by authors Jane
...more
Gisela Hausmann
Nov 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
Philip McQuillan’s short book is not only wonderfully sweet, loving and deeply touching, it also raises a very important question:
“Who among us can remember, much less write even a scrap about the life of our grandfather’s uncle?”

As it so happens my family is struck with longevity; almost everybody, who did not die during the war, lived past their 90th birthday. That means that I personally knew one of my great-grandfathers and one of my great-grandmothers. However, since every able man had to
...more
Debbe May
Jan 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Write to Remember
What a lovely idea! As I read the poignant stories told of the loved ones featured in the book, all kinds of thoughts sprang into my mind. I was thinking of stories I need to pen in honor of my dad, my grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and even dear friends. I also think we should start this with our loved ones who are still with us. Then my mind began taking other leaps considering the possibilities with this. Scrap-booking is so popular, so why not make a memory book of a
...more
Kathleen Pooler
Oct 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Memoir author Philip McQuillan has a fascinating idea. Write a story to keep his beloved father's memory alive and in the process, invite other readers to add their own family stories to the narrative. Grandfather's Uncle is a stand-alone story that is a work-in-progress memoir. Book 1 contains three stories from three separate authors, Phil, Jane L. Franklin and Liza D. Wolfe.The book remains free to download on Amazon so writers can readily access the story and participate in the author's ...more
Bryan
Mar 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It feels inordinately petty to nitpick a son’s loving biography of his father, but the nits in question are pervasive and significantly hindered my enjoyment of what is otherwise a moving recollection.

I was touched by the author’s desire to immortalize these memories of his father, in no small part because I lost my own father four months ago. As a memorial, as a way to keep Big Phillip’s memory alive and share it with others, ‘Grandfather’s Uncle’ succeeds. The anecdotes presented are poignant
...more
Dustin Stevens
Feb 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At first glance, the title Grandfather’s Uncle seems a bit out of place. As the author is quick to point out though, it comes from the axiom that nobody ever really knows a thing about their grandfather’s uncle. Fearful that his own father may one day fall into such a state, he set out to put down his fondest memories of the man.

This is a memoir of a man looking back on the fond memories he has of his father. What makes it even more poignant is the author is writing from the position of knowing
...more
Sean Torres
Jan 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was touched by the words that I read from 'Grandfather's Uncle'. It reminds me something that an older family member once told me before he passed away. Pretty short, but the message to what the author was trying to tell you go through.

The only issue I have is that it should be formatted correctly; proper spacing between paragraphs.

Other than that, I enjoyed this short read.
Sharron Riddle
Mar 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The title is deceptive. This book was a short, nostalgic memoir based on the author's father, a school teacher and his family life growing up. The book was told in narrative. Some things were explained in great detail, others I would have liked to know more about. I liked that the author bolded his father's favorite words and expressions. Overall, this was an easy read.
Stan Morris
Feb 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A rather odd choice for a title, for it has very little relation to this short story's subject, which is the author's father. It's a nice memoir, though by the end you get the feeling that he is remembering his father through rose colored glasses. A good read with no grammatical errors.
Ann
Jun 28, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the kind of book we all talk about wishing our family had for one of its members. Very touching.
Jill
Jul 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2014
This is an attempt to keep family stories alive and I appreciate that very much.
Philip J McQuillan
Jan 13, 2014 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Editorial Review

Reviewed by Rich Follett for Readers' Favorite

Lovingly crafted memoirs, when offered with honesty and true devotion, have a particular warmth and charm seldom found in any other kind of writing. Write To Remember [old title: Grandfather's Uncle] by Philip McQuillan is no exception. There is such a naturally conversational singularity of purpose in McQuillan's writing that the act of reading this paean to his father becomes a privilege - a rare opportunity to know a true character
...more
Book
Dec 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography, memoir
"‘Grandfather's Uncle"’ written by Philip Jude McQuillan is a very touching tribute to the author's father, and it seems that a reader can almost imagine this person given the width and depth of which he was beautifully described by the author.

His father was one of those unique fathers that one could only desire, full of charm and sense of humor, and as McQuillan so nicely describes him on the pages of his book storing him into eternity, a reader can only envy him if he/she did not have the luck
...more
Michael McGrinder
Jul 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Grandfather's Uncle is a delightful story, and Phil McQuillan can be happy that he has accomplished his purpose, i.e. making sure his dad is remembered for the guy he was. We're asked to recall our own family members, and I had a moment of resonance when I read that Big Phil's mom wrangled a family of twelve. My own mother was the oldest and the only girl of twelve in Ireland. Every time her mother had a baby she was pulled out of school to take care of the family. It's no wonder I learned to ...more
J. A.  Lewis
A tribute to one man's memories of his father, particularly to the words and phrases he used during his lifetime. While I certainly find it admirable to keep our ancestors' life and memories alive by getting it in writing, I would have enjoyed this one more if there had been more to the story. It's only about 30 pages long.
Eileen Carter
Oct 27, 2015 rated it it was ok
The short stories in this book are enjoyable but write mainly for the author to preserve the memory of their family members. I did find it amusing about the scrapple, as I am a fan of it myself.
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Beem Weeks
Feb 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever wondered about those ancestors that came before you? I’m talking about your grandfather’s uncle. Do you know anything about that sort of relative? If you’re like most people, you know next to nothing. It’s just the way of life. A person can be virtually forgotten within two generations.

Philip J. McQuillan understands this fact of life all too well. So he set about ensuring his own father wouldn’t be lost to future generations of McQuillans. His book, entitled Grandfather’s Uncle,
...more
Benedict Stuart
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sweet Memories!

Nice and sweet way of remembering our loved ones and family, our history, artifacts, culture etc. Great idea of an open-ended story, which could be extended with numerous contributions.
Donna McBroom-Theriot
Grandfather's Uncle is a wonderful book written in a Reader's Digest style. We all love hearing the stories of the generations before us and Phil McQuillan has taken the stories that have filled his life and compiled them into a book that is a heart-warming read and offers the reader an opportunity to see who McQuillan's father was and how entertaining he could be. His father loved Shakespeare and words and this was truly a part of the story that I loved. I love words and I was entertained by ...more
Grady
Jun 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
‘Inimitable’

A bit about the author of this brief but memorable little book: Philip Jude McQuillan was born in 1954 in Michigan. He spent his early school years in Philadelphia, PA and Vineland, NJ. After a brief career in commercial shipping, he moved to Costa Rica and spent 20 years there raising a family, teaching English and Spanish in his free time. In 2001, he returned to the US with his second family, and eventually moved back to his hometown to spend time with his father Phillip Louis
...more
Susan Joyce
Mar 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Phil McQuillan believes that stories are sacred memories and invites readers and writers to pay tribute to a family member, or someone special, by writing their story down. Phil wrote the first story in this 'work in process' book to honor his beloved father; his hero! His heart-warming account of his father's gentle ways is touching indeed and assures his father's story will live on for future generations.

To date, there are three short stories in this open book. Phil is joined by authors Jane
...more
Bryan
Mar 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It feels inordinately petty to nitpick a son’s loving biography of his father, but the nits in question are pervasive and significantly hindered my enjoyment of what is otherwise a moving recollection.

I was touched by the author’s desire to immortalize these memories of his father, in no small part because I lost my own father four months ago. As a memorial, as a way to keep Big Phillip’s memory alive and share it with others, ‘Grandfather’s Uncle’ succeeds. The anecdotes presented are poignant
...more
Debbe May
Jan 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Write to Remember
What a lovely idea! As I read the poignant stories told of the loved ones featured in the book, all kinds of thoughts sprang into my mind. I was thinking of stories I need to pen in honor of my dad, my grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and even dear friends. I also think we should start this with our loved ones who are still with us. Then my mind began taking other leaps considering the possibilities with this. Scrap-booking is so popular, so why not make a memory book of a
...more
Dustin Stevens
Feb 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At first glance, the title Grandfather’s Uncle seems a bit out of place. As the author is quick to point out though, it comes from the axiom that nobody ever really knows a thing about their grandfather’s uncle. Fearful that his own father may one day fall into such a state, he set out to put down his fondest memories of the man.

This is a memoir of a man looking back on the fond memories he has of his father. What makes it even more poignant is the author is writing from the position of knowing
...more
Kathleen Pooler
Oct 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Memoir author Philip McQuillan has a fascinating idea. Write a story to keep his beloved father's memory alive and in the process, invite other readers to add their own family stories to the narrative. Grandfather's Uncle is a stand-alone story that is a work-in-progress memoir. Book 1 contains three stories from three separate authors, Phil, Jane L. Franklin and Liza D. Wolfe.The book remains free to download on Amazon so writers can readily access the story and participate in the author's ...more
Gisela Hausmann
Nov 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
Philip McQuillan’s short book is not only wonderfully sweet, loving and deeply touching, it also raises a very important question:
“Who among us can remember, much less write even a scrap about the life of our grandfather’s uncle?”

As it so happens my family is struck with longevity; almost everybody, who did not die during the war, lived past their 90th birthday. That means that I personally knew one of my great-grandfathers and one of my great-grandmothers. However, since every able man had to
...more
Stan Morris
Feb 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A rather odd choice for a title, for it has very little relation to this short story's subject, which is the author's father. It's a nice memoir, though by the end you get the feeling that he is remembering his father through rose colored glasses. A good read with no grammatical errors.
Ann
Jun 28, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the kind of book we all talk about wishing our family had for one of its members. Very touching.
Book
Dec 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography, memoir
"Grandfather's Uncle" written by Philip Jude McQuillan is a very touching tribute to the author's father, and it seems that a reader can almost imagine this person given the width and depth of which he was beautifully described by the author.

His father was one of those unique fathers that one could only desire, full of charm and sense of humor, and as McQuillan so nicely describes him on the pages of his book storing him into eternity, a reader can only envy him if he/she did not have the luck
...more
Sean Torres
Jan 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was touched by the words that I read from 'Grandfather's Uncle'. It reminds me something that an older family member once told me before he passed away. Pretty short, but the message to what the author was trying to tell you go through.

The only issue I have is that it should be formatted correctly; proper spacing between paragraphs.

Other than that, I enjoyed this short read.
Sharron Riddle
Mar 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The title is deceptive. This book was a short, nostalgic memoir based on the author's father, a school teacher and his family life growing up. The book was told in narrative. Some things were explained in great detail, others I would have liked to know more about. I liked that the author bolded his father's favorite words and expressions. Overall, this was an easy read.
Jill
Jul 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2014
This is an attempt to keep family stories alive and I appreciate that very much.
Philip J McQuillan
Jan 13, 2014 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Editorial Review

Reviewed by Rich Follett for Readers' Favorite

Lovingly crafted memoirs, when offered with honesty and true devotion, have a particular warmth and charm seldom found in any other kind of writing. Write To Remember [old title: Grandfather's Uncle] by Philip McQuillan is no exception. There is such a naturally conversational singularity of purpose in McQuillan's writing that the act of reading this paean to his father becomes a privilege - a rare opportunity to know a true character
...more
Eileen Carter
Oct 27, 2015 rated it it was ok
The short stories in this book are enjoyable but write mainly for the author to preserve the memory of their family members. I did find it amusing about the scrapple, as I am a fan of it myself.
Michael McGrinder
Jul 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Grandfather's Uncle is a delightful story, and Phil McQuillan can be happy that he has accomplished his purpose, i.e. making sure his dad is remembered for the guy he was. We're asked to recall our own family members, and I had a moment of resonance when I read that Big Phil's mom wrangled a family of twelve. My own mother was the oldest and the only girl of twelve in Ireland. Every time her mother had a baby she was pulled out of school to take care of the family. It's no wonder I learned to ...more
J. A.  Lewis
A tribute to one man's memories of his father, particularly to the words and phrases he used during his lifetime. While I certainly find it admirable to keep our ancestors' life and memories alive by getting it in writing, I would have enjoyed this one more if there had been more to the story. It's only about 30 pages long.
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Philip J McQuillan was born in 1954 in Michigan. He spent his early school years in Philadelphia, PA and Vineland, NJ. After a brief career in commercial shipping, he moved to Costa Rica and spent 20 years there raising a family, teaching English and Spanish in his free time. In 2001, he returned to the US with his second family, eventually moving back to NJ to be closer to his father in his ...more