by Patricia Lockwood

Quick take

Lockwood uses the nine months she and her husband live with her parents as the springboard to examine her extraordinary upbringing by two very eccentric individuals.

Why I love it

Patricia Lockwood is the daughter of a Catholic priest'”and that is actually the blandest fact about her. She is one in a million, a fresh and honest and hilarious observer of life. And Father Lockwood is one in a million as well'”a priest who takes the Lord seriously, even though he’s most comfortable when half nude and jamming on his electric guitar in the living room.

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Father Greg Lockwood is unlike any Catholic priest you have ever met—a man who lounges in boxer shorts, loves action movies, and whose constant jamming on the guitar reverberates "like a whole band dying in a plane crash in 1972." His daughter is an irreverent poet who long ago left the Church's country. When an unexpected crisis leads her and her husband to move back into her parents' rec...

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  • Karin N.

    Chicago, IL

    "I absolutely loved this memoir and was LOLing through big sections of it."

  • Jill R.

    Woodbury, MN

    "I grew up in a Catholic household so I could relate to the author. Funny and well written book. I wish Patricia was my friend...she is awesome. "

  • Harper S.

    Washington, DC

    "Very glad I selected this book. I thought it was funny but its serious moments and concepts were often surprising and thought-provoking."

  • Mackenzie U.

    Beale AFB, CA

    "I love love love love the way this author writes. My family kept looking at me because I was laughing out loud at some points. This was my first memoir and it proved itself as a good pick "

  • Darlene R.

    Wheaton, IL

    "I love this book so much. The author has such a way with words! Funny, but also insightful."

  • Shawna J.

    Asheville, NC

    "The author's poetry really comes through in the prose and it's as much a delight to read her descriptions as it is her rambunctious family dynamics."

  • Elise A.

    St. Louis, MO

    "I want all of Patricia Lockwood's family members to be my friends. The book is a little meandering but I loved every turn. A great combo of hilarious and thought provoking. "

  • Claire B.

    Indianapolis, IN

    "Funny, well-written, good stories. What else do you need, really? Just read it!"

  • Noa H.

    La Canada, CA

    "Raw, funny, so well-written......not what I expected and not something I would have picked at a bookstore...."

  • Kate B.

    Oklahoma City, OK

    "Hilarious at times. Lockwood has an unusual and brilliant way with words. "

  • Jenny B.

    Williamsburg, VA

    "I absolutely loved this book and laughed at some parts til my face hurt. As a Catholic, I related to many of the parts of this book. This was one I didn't want to put down. Great memoir."