Eileen Cronin Interviews Airing This Month
Check out interviews on the John Batchelor Show and WHFS, a Washington-Baltimore station, with Dr. Alvin. Dates will be posted soon, but in the meantime, click on the links to keep checking the upcoming schedule.
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.
Washington Post Notes Cronin’s Strength
Read Washington Post’s glowing review of Mermaid here where it recognizes Cronin’s “strength, tenacity and wry humor.”
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.
Boston Globe Review of Mermaid
Check out the Boston Globe’s review where it calls Mermaid a “gritty, gorgeous coming of age story”
Forgiveness and Healing
Eileen’s story in the pages of Everyday Health. A moving tribute to her mother. Forgiveness and Healing: My Thalidomide Story.
Suck the Joy Interview with Eileen
Check out the fantastic interview of Eileen by Suck the Joy’s Kathleen Wilhoite and Kaore Bonell. From the introduction to Episode 69, “This engaging book takes us through Eileen’s journey as she maneuvers eleven siblings, love, death, her mother’s mental illness, dating, best friends, and resistance at becoming a person known solely as a “thalidomide baby”. This book is MUST READ!” Listen to the podcast at Suck the Joy.
Advance Praise for Mermaid
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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. It’s easy to root for Cronin. She attests to her many foolish choices, from riding a bike without a helmet to dumping seemingly sweet boyfriends and drinking too much until she chooses sobriety at age 27. She is incredibly resilient and plucky. She doesn’t cry in front of bullies who cruelly toss her down the school steps, and she skinny dips with her friends after removing her prosthetic legs, feeling like a mermaid in the water. As a girl, she dreamed of replacing the March of Dimes poster child because he ‘was a boy everyone loved.’ 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
“An irresistibly engaging story of physical limitation, family conflict and personal triumph—and how well we come to know this immensely likable, refreshingly candid, funny, shrewd and self-aware memoirist!” Phillip Lopate
“Mermaid reminds us how the stories we tell and the ones we bury have the capacity to imprison or free us. Cronin’s deep tenderness is born from the astounding hurts she has endured in her amazing life. From her capacity to forgive is born a laughter that is the best kind of wisdom. This deeply alive and sensual woman may sometimes forget she is wearing a wooden leg and we can laugh at the absurd consequences, but the reader can never forget this glimpse of our world through the eyes of a Mermaid.” John Hockenberry
“Written with an unvarnished pen, Mermaid spares no one, yet is fair, funny, and moving.” Rita Mae Brown
“Eileen Cronin’s memoir of growing up in a family rife with contention, chaos, secrets, and mystery—as well as love—not only chronicles her determination to live a fully normal life even with her disability, it brings to light the qualities necessary for anyone to live honestly in this world. Mermaid tells of a true odyssey, and is impressive for its frankness, humor, and beauty.” Jane Brox
“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