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Reviewed by Heather Bryant
Although I am not Catholic, I loved Confessions of Joan the Tall! I have been to several Catholic services and always wanted to understand things better; some of my questions were answered while others remain.
Joan Cusack Handler writes her confessions into a poignant memoir. Growing up, Joan tried to please God while also trying to please her parents. Unfortunately, since her most popular nicknames were Tattle Tale and Too Tall, she did not always succeed in either department – at least in her mind.
Joan’s parents were immigrants that strictly adhered to their faith and raised their children to do the same. They lived in a home that was way too small for even two people – much less six – and Joan often escaped to the beach where she was free to think and do as she pleased. Her father and aunt (who was a Nun) wanted her to also become a Nun. While Joan tried hard to stay true to her beliefs and confessed her sins/feelings often, she was not quite sure that life in a nunnery was the right one for her. All the ups and downs of growing up and believing that she was bound for a greater good are put to paper in this memoir.
If you have questions about your faith or about Catholicism in general, this is a good book for gaining a better understanding. Even if you don’t have these questions but were once the one labeled Too Tall or Tattle Tale (or a myriad of other nicknames), then this is the book for you. Joan writes openly and honestly and I hope to read more from her in the future.
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