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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Confessions of Joan the Tall

[ 16 ] December 13, 2012 |

Confessions of Joan the TallPlease join Joan Cusack Handler, author of Confessions of Joan the Tall, as she tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours

Don’t forget to enter to win a copy below!

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.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Heather’s favorite way to pass time involves curling up with a good book! As a blogger, mom and so much more, she enjoys sharing her honest opinions and being creative too. Visit her site to learn more.  

Review and giveaway copies were provided free of any obligation by Cavankerry. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.a Rafflecopter giveaway

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  1. 15
    LilMissMolly says:

    Hi! Joan’s movies always have a quirky sense of humor. I’m very hopeful that this book is written similarly. I know I’d enjoy it then. Merry Christmas!

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    Lori P says:

    Sounds like an educational and interesting read, from a very different upbringing than mine.

  3. 13
    Maureen says:

    It looks like an interesting subject with some complex issues addressed.

  4. 12
    rhonda says:

    This sounds like the perfect trip down memory lane for me.

  5. 11
    Anita Yancey says:

    I just think that this book sounds like a book that would interest me. I don’t really know much about the Catholic faith. Thanks for having this giveaway.

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    librarypat says:

    Thank you for the review. I have heard of this book, but this is the first good explanation of it I have read. I grew up Catholic and attended Catholic school for several years. I wasn’t headed for “nunhood.” My family may have had hopes, but they realized I was a lost cause in that department. I had experiences with several different orders of nuns, and they are very different, some more strict than others. I am curious to hear her her experiences.

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    bn100 says:

    the title sounds interesting

  8. 8

    I’m certain that many, MANY readers can identify with Joan’s experiences!

    Thanks for being on the tour.

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    Victoria K says:

    VEry interesting

  11. 5
    Carl says:

    I enjoy memoirs and I’m sure Joan Cusack Handler brings a lot of wit to her work.

  12. 4
    Carol Wong says:

    I love memoirs. Apparently Indiana is not different from Miami, Florida! I got an interview for a counseling internship at Catholic School. I thought my job would counseling but the two nuns who interviewed me wanted someone to spank the kids with a board. I finished the interview and told them that I wasn’t interested. I would like to read this book.

    Carol Wong

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    Lucy says:

    I enjoy reading memoirs about people & their Catholic faith. It’s always good to learn more about your faith. I didn’t grow up with a nun in the family. Always wondered what that would be like. I’ll add this to my reading list.

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    anne says:

    This book beckons me for the story and the era in which I grew up. It is nostalgic and special.

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    Colleen Turner says:

    While I don’t usually read memoirs, this would sounds interesting. My mom grew up in Miami and because she lived in a pretty rough neighborhood my grandmother worked tirelessly so she could send my mom to Catholic school instead of the public school in their neighborhood. My mom’s experiences there were not very favorable (getting hit with rulers, etc.) so I would be interested to see how Joan handled the strict confines of the religion.

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