Wednesday, April 04, 2012

John O'Brien on "The Irish Hungarian"

The following review of The Irish Hungarian appears in the April 2012 print edition of Irish American News Ohio. It is authored by John O'Brien, the publication's co-founder, co-publisher and editor.
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I have been reading columnist Erin O'Brien's work for about five years, I think. She is not related to me, though we share a surname, and a belief in respecting other people's opinions when they are well thought out and respectful. Debating ideas is different than arguing, or insulting. Her writing is always thought provoking, and she never takes the easy way out.

Some people can handle opinions different than their own, and they debate; some can't, and instead of using their brain, they just use their mouths, taking the easy way out themselves. It is their right to speak before they think, but it doesn't reflect well on their intelligence. Erin O'Brien is a very intelligent writer.

I knew O'Brien's book would have controversial passages, opinions I don't agree with, but I also know she honestly presents what she believes. I don't have to agree with another's opinion to respect it—people often call that civil debate.


I loved The Irish Hungarian Guide to the Domestic Arts. Honest, straightforward, filled with laugh out loud stories and observations, I read the book in one sitting. O'Brien's humor is dead-on, and comes across in her writing; it is not easy to convey laughs to letters. Frank discussion of life, family traditions and food, the joys and tears of being married, of living with a view wider than just your own self, trademarks much of what 0'Brien writes. She has courage, and a willingness to engage the squirmy topics that you overcome, only by taking them on.

Like life, Erin O'Brien is not for the faint of heart, neither is her writing. You can handle it; get the book. The Irish Hungarian Guide to the Domestic Arts is a Top Shelf selection, highly recommended.

See more on Erin at a book signing on April 25th at Loganberry Books, 13015 Larchmere Boulevard, Shaker Heights, Ohio 44120.

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11 comments:

alphadog said...

Nice stuff there Erin O'Brien. You couldn't buy a review like that.

rraine said...

well,gee, we already knew all that, didn't we?
but of course.

John O'Brien said...

From one O'Brien to another - Great job on the book Erin!

jonas said...

Congrats, EO.

DogsDontPurr said...

Great review! Spot on!

I too, loved loved your book. This is one of those books that I know I will read more than once. And that doesn't happen often.

Mrs. C said...

...and THIS is where my comment on the previous thread belongs.

The book makes me laugh and cry and clap my hands like an 8 year old.

Erin O'Brien said...

Thank you all so much.

John Venlet said...

I knew O'Brien's book would have controversial passages, opinions I don't agree with, but I also know she honestly presents what she believes. I don't have to agree with another's opinion to respect it—people often call that civil debate.

Why that's almost the description of a worthy opponent.

Nice reviewe, Erin.

Anonymous said...

Mighty Fine. But that I was blessed with the intelligence to think before I speak.

RJ

Melissa said...

I did not expect a segment that started with how to make speck to end with tears on my cheeks. It was unexpected and beautiful.

Erin O'Brien said...

Thanks for reading, Melissa, and dropping by and commenting.