Wisdom in Nonsense: Invaluable Lessons from My Father by Heather O'NeillWisdom in Nonsense: Invaluable Lessons from My Father by Heather O'Neill

Wisdom in Nonsense: Invaluable Lessons from My Father

byHeather O'NeillIntroduction byKit Dobson

Paperback | January 19, 2018

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I broke all the rules that my dad gave me. It was he who had given me, in part, the confidence to think of my life as being worthy to mix with those of the geniuses. —Heather O’Neill With generosity and wry humour, novelist Heather O’Neill recalls several key lessons she learned in childhood from her father: memories and stories about how crime does pay, why one should never keep a diary, and that it is good to beware of clowns, among other things. Her father and his eccentric friends—ex-bank robbers and homeless men—taught her that everything she did was important, a belief that she has carried through her life. O’Neill’s intimate recollections make Wisdom in Nonsense the perfect companion to her widely praised debut novel, Lullabies for Little Criminals (HarperCollins).
Heather O’Neill is a novelist, short story writer, and essayist. Her work, which includes Lullabies for Little Criminals, The Girl Who Was Saturday Night, Daydreams of Angels, and The Lonely Hearts Hotel, has been shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award for Fiction, The Orange Prize for Fiction, and the Scotiabank Giller Prize, an...
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Title:Wisdom in Nonsense: Invaluable Lessons from My FatherFormat:PaperbackDimensions:64 pages, 8 × 5.5 × 0.12 inPublished:January 19, 2018Publisher:The university of Alberta PressLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun Read I enjoyed this book a lot. Would recommend to anyone.
Date published: 2018-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read it broke all the rules that my dad gave me. It was he who had given me, in part, the confidence to think of my life as being worthy to mix with those of the geniuses.
Date published: 2018-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very enjoyable I love Heather O'Neill's books and I really enjoyed reading a little bit about her childhood. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really good book heather Neil has always drawn stories and characters from the tales her father told her of his life of crime when he was a boy. this is a funny and engaging book for every Oneill fan
Date published: 2018-03-04

Table of Contents

Prelude 1Lesson 1 | Never Keep a Diary 3Lesson 2 | Learn to Play the Tuba 5Lesson 3 | Never Share Your Scientific Research 7Lesson 4 | Make Friends with Jewish Kids 9Lesson 5 | Accept That You’re Ugly and Move On 11Lesson 6 | Never Tell Anyone What Your Parents Do for a Living 13Lesson 7 | Know About Art History 15Lesson 8 | Crime Does Pay 17Lesson 9 | Enjoy a Fondue Dinner 19Lesson 10 | Respect Old Timers 23Lesson 11 | It’s the Thought That Counts 27Lesson 12 | Never Watch a Paul Newman Movie 31Lesson 13 | Beware of Clowns 35Coda | Sometimes There Is Nothing to Be Learned 39

Editorial Reviews

"Wisdom in Nonsense offers up a selection of life lessons given to O’Neill as a child which come to act not as hard-and-fast rules but as guideposts to an occasionally odd-ball yet always sincere process of reflection on childhood, writing, and the father-daughter bond.... Reading about her connection with her father and the way in which they lived on the margins of society comes to illuminate O’Neill’s ability to depict the strange, perhaps even unexpected beauty of such bonds in her fiction." [Full review at http://www.prairiefire.ca/wisdom-in-nonsense-invaluable-lessons-from-my-father-by-heather-oneill] - Erin Della Mattia - Prairie Fire - 20181029