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Priestdaddy: A Memoir
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Priestdaddy: A Memoir


From Patricia Lockwood—a memoir about having a married Catholic priest for a father.

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' rectory, their two worlds collide.

Lockwood interweaves emblematic moments from her childhood and adolescence—from an ill-fated family hunting trip and an abortion clinic sit-in where her father was arrested to her involvement in a cult-like Catholic youth group—with scenes that chronicle the eight-month adventure she and her husband had in her parents' household after a decade of living on their own. Lockwood details her education of a seminarian who is also living at the rectory, tries to explain Catholicism to her husband, who is mystified by its bloodthirstiness and arcane laws, and encounters a mysterious substance on a hotel bed with her mother.

Title:Priestdaddy: A Memoir
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:336 pages
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    Priestdaddy: A Memoir Reviews

  • Patricia
    Jan 15, 2017

    *kool-aid man voice* OHHHH YEAHHHHHH...

  • Book of the Month
    May 01, 2017

    Papa Don't PreachBy Judge Nina SankovitchPatricia 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 hila...

  • Maryann
    Sep 25, 2016

    One reads Lockwood's memoir and can't help but think, "oh man, the Catholics are going to have a field day with this." I mean that is the most literal sense - they will race through it, they will kick...

  • Kathleen
    Mar 01, 2017

    My review from the Chicago Tribune: summer, the Pew Research Center released a study showing that for the first time, more 18- to 34-year-olds live at home...

  • Richard Noggle
    Mar 22, 2017

    Lockwood's examination of her family is exceptionally funny (no surprise) but its final third works toward a really nuanced and powerful look at the power of writing and the effects of her religious u...

  • Sara Klem
    May 22, 2017

    "My dad despises cats. He believes them to be Democrats. He considers them to be little mean hillary clintons covered all over with feminist legfur. Cats would have abortions, if given half a chance. ...

  • Emily
    Dec 20, 2016

    Patricia Lockwood is some kind of word-witch, and I cannot emphasize enough how lucky we all are to live in this era with her....

  • Susan Fair
    Apr 04, 2017

    Want to laugh out loud? And find out that there are families weirder than yours and that priests are even stranger than you thought? Not intimidated by the idea of becoming interested in or re-gaining...

  • Jillian
    Jun 09, 2017

    I honestly can't decide how I feel about this book. On the one hand there is no doubt that the writing is extremely unique, beautiful at times, in a voice that uses language that is quite unlike anyon...

  • Molly
    Mar 26, 2017

    I would not recommend reading this book while recovering from surgery that makes laughing painful. Otherwise though, I plan to recommend it to absolutely everyone I know. An excellent read by one of m...