This Is Your Brain on Shamrocks 2: 50 Shades O' Green (Paperback)
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Veteran Irish American entertainment writer Mike Farragher lightens up and turns a critical eye on his life and upbringing in "This Is Your Brain on Shamrocks2: 50 Shades o' Green," the second in a series of essay books that contain a ribald look at life, faith, an Irish mother's guilt, culture, and family. "If I am a shamrock, then my roots are tangled in a compost of debilitating Catholic guilt, repressed sexuality from years of nuns shepherding impure thoughts with corporal punishment, and a shadow of doubt that the other shoe is about to drop whenever you find yourself at a peak in your life," Farragher explains. "To be uncomfortable when things are good is to be an Irish American." After more than a dozen years covering the Irish American rock beat for the Irish Voice and IrishCentral.com, Mike Farragher approached his editor with the idea of publishing some of the funny stories he has told over the years to his friends at the bar. "I travel with some very funny people, so there is always this intense pressure to come up with something over-the top in the storytelling department," Farragher says. "Since Irish are gifted storytellers, I always thought I had an unfair genetic advantage---for a change " Farragher devoted half of the page in his column to these stories, which appeared within the wildly popular "The Narrowback's Corner." His pieces quickly became favorites of regular readers, taking the writer by surprise. "I thought I was the only one who had a mother who would get me out of bed on a Sunday morning by screeching, 'I'm sure the Lord Jesus Christ didn't want to get up the day he died for your sins, ' but I was wrong," he says. "I got e-mails, Facebook posts, and letters to the editor by the dozens from Irish-Americans in my age bracket telling me that I was writing about their lives as well. I was unprepared for the reaction and deeply grateful for the many people who encouraged me along the way." Farragher published "This is your Brain on Shamrocks" in 2010, which became a runaway hit on both sides of the Atlantic. This sequel continues the classic Irish American tradition of storytelling and includes "50 Shades o' Green," a humorous tale that captures an Irishman's perspective of that runaway bestseller that has a similar name. For videos, blogs, and press information on the site visit www.thisisyourbrainonshamrocks.com.
About the Author
Mike Farragher is a regular contributor to The Irish Voice and IrishCentral.com as well as other national media. He lives in Monmouth County, New Jersey with his wife and two daughters. This is his third book.