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Mom and Dad's Martinis: A Memoir

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Jacelyn Cane's mom and dad liked their martinis dry: straight gin on the rocks with a dab of vermouth and a hint of water - and they liked them often. They also liked to party; they danced, socialized, and drank - they were good at all three. Sometimes this behaviour led to humorous situations - antics in the pool, at the club, the cottage or in the car, for example. Other ...more
Kindle Edition, 135 pages
Published June 17th 2019 by Tellwell Talent
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Valerity (Val)
This memoir I found to be very impactful to the right kind of audience. It dances between gritty and painful memories that are at times almost funny, but don’t make it because they are so powerfully sad at the same time for most of the family members. It leaves that sick feeling in the gut that reminds you of that time that...fill in your own blank if you’ve been there too. Because so many of us have too and can still feel it too, wondering how to fix it still, after all this time. This is a gre ...more
Valerie Costanza
Oct 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was very relatable to me also having a alcoholic mother growing up. It does really well portraying the negative affects of what alcoholism can do to a family while keeping you entertained with plenty of hilarious and relatable moments.
Carolyn
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
This was a free kindle giveaway from goodreads. I wish I had known it was self published before I started as I’m sure that would have impacted my expectations.

While you certainly empathize with the author and all she went through with her parents, there were a lot of problems. Grammatical/punctuation errors throughout and elementary writing in general. There were also chapters/stories that felt entirely irrelevant to the larger point of the memoir, and it could have greatly benefited from an ed
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Marjie Calla
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't put this book down and read it in one day. You will laugh and cry while you read this memoir. Despite the heartbreaking scenes of emotional and physical abuse, love and forgiveness shine through.
The writing is very good and the author tells a riveting story, sometimes heartbreaking and sometimes you cant help but laugh out loud.
I was able to make many personal connections to this story and identified strongly with Jackie, the main character.
I highly recommend this wonderful memoir.
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Jodi Rees
Jul 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mom and Dad’s Martini’s is a powerful and deeply honest memoir that opens the door for families to talk openly about the insidious impact that alcohol can have on every small and big moment in life. The book is chocked full of stories filled with shenanigans, music, nature and affluence and, of course, alcohol. Although trauma and pain are pervasive themes, deep love, commitment and the promise of healing are always present.
A must read! Bravo Jacelyn Cane!
Debbie M.
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
I won this book in the giveaway. I did not finish reading it. I was not invested in the family and couldn't quite figure out the purpose of book. It jumped around and at times it reminded me of a student essay. I finally had to bale. ...more
Kati
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I realize alcoholism is a disease but a lot of these stories were like a fun flashback in time. 50s, 60s, 70s. I found this book darkly hilarious. (Won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway)
Sheila
Nov 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
I won this book in a goodreads giveaway. It's not my usual genre but it looked interesting. Minus the alcoholic parent I think there were situations we could all relate to, sometimes uncomfortable and others even humorous. I applaud the authors candor. ...more
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Jacelyn Cane was born and raised in Toronto. She lives near or with her husband, her three children and her step-daughter. She is a retired elementary school teacher who also worked in social justice education with the United Church of Canada. She has worked in theatre and as a reporter. She was educated in Toronto, earning a B.A. in Political Science and an M.A. in Canadian History from York Univ ...more

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I remembered all the times my mother ignored me when I needed to talk. “And you were a difficult mother.” With that, I hung up the phone. Again, it was weeks before we spoke.”
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“Following dinner, we tidied up and Mom and Dad went straight to bed at about eight o’clock. The house was dark and spooky on Sunday nights. Dad said he had to go to bed early on Sundays because he had “the yips.” Eventually I took that to mean he was hungover and had to get his sleep to be ready for another week of work.” 0 likes
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