The Jury is In: the editors at Oprah Magazine pick Mermaid as one of the funniest, smartest, just plain truest true stories of the year.
From the citation by Abbe Wright:
The True Story That Inspires
It’s not until the author is 3 years old that she comprehends she was born with no lower legs, and that this makes her different. Cronin is extraordinarily courageous; she chronicles her journey to fit in and thrive with bravery and wit.
Check out Eileen’s HuffPost Author’s Page
Book mark this page for future blog posts by Eileen Cronin.
LA Review of Books interview with Eileen
Michele Botwin Raphael’s review and interview with Eileen Cronin – a mother’s day tribute.
Featured Interview: Cincinnati Kid: Eileen Cronin
Read Alyssa Brandt’s interview with Eileen in the May issue of Cincinnati Magazine. Eileen “knows from different”!
Oprah’s List of Memoirs Too Powerful to Put Down
Mermaid made another list of Oprah’s and this time it is included in a list described as “real stories, real women, real lessons that will shake you up and set you back down—changed for the better (and stronger).”
Mermaid featured on The Daily Beast
Now you can check out Mermaid on The Daily Beast and even read the first chapter here!
If You Like Mermaid…
Please consider a vote for Mermaid on these GoodReads Lists so others who have not discovered it yet can stumble upon it and enjoy it just as much as you did.
Eileen Cronin’s Interview with Harvard Square Editions
Read Eileen Cronin’s interview with Mary Yuhas of Harvard Square Editions here to see what Eileen has to say about growing up different and her advice to fellow writers.
The Antioch Writer’s Conference
Eileen Cronin will be holding a workshop at the Antioch Writer’s Conference from July 12- July 18. Please submit applications to Antioch University in Yellow Springs, OH.
Download The Bob Edwards Show Interview with Eileen
Bob Edwards interviewed Eileen on Tuesday, February 25th. If you missed it, you can download the interview here.
Oprah Magazine’s 14 Titles to Pick Up
O Magazine online edition named Mermaid as one of its 14 Titles to Pick Up This February. Click here to see to see the recommendation.
Watch the Mermaid Book Trailer
Watch the Mermaid book trailer of Eileen Cronin reading an excerpt at Vroman’s in Pasadena, California.
Forgiveness and Healing
Eileen’s story in the pages of Everyday Health. A moving tribute to her mother. Forgiveness and Healing: My Thalidomide Story.
Praise for Mermaid
Washington Post recognizes Cronin’s “strength, tenacity and wry humor” in Mermaid.
Boston Globe calls Mermaid a “gritty, gorgeous coming of age story.
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Kirkus Reviews: “Perhaps the greatest achievement with this book, which brings to light one of the great medical tragedies of the 20th century, is that she is able to tell her story with a winning combination of candor, grace and humor.” (Review Posted Online: Dec. 8th, 2013)
Booklist (Boxed and Starred): “In her hard-to-put-down, brutally honest memoir, Cronin writes about growing up, as one of 11 children, without having legs, and trying to get her chain-smoking mom, who gets shock treatments and takes lithium for her ‘nervous breakdowns,’ to tell her whether she took thalidomide during her 1960 pregnancy…As a child, she tells people she longs to be a ballerina. But when she sees her grandmother’s ‘face go slack’ at this pronouncement, she adds, ‘Or a missionary nun in Africa.’ Readers will want to cheer at the happy ending to this must-read for all memoir fans and everyone involved or interested in the lives of the disabled.” Karen Springen, Booklist Online
Library Journal: “Cronin has managed to create a cogent account of coming to terms with her condition (and with the condition of her family). Her determination to create a life without secrecy and full of experience is evident in this matter-of-fact portrait of a family that did not always pay attention to the facts.” Therese Nielsen
“Mermaid reminds us how the stories we tell and the ones we bury have the capacity to imprison or free us.” John Hockenberry
“Written with an unvarnished pen, Mermaid spares no one, yet is fair, funny, and moving.” Rita Mae Brown
“Brave, wry, and spirited. Eileen Cronin delves fearlessly into the emotional thicket of family lore, tribal dynamics, body image, and coming-of-age.” Danielle Ofri