No Poverty Between The Sheets
by Pauline Kiely
When this author posed the question to her Irish Granny, "If you were so poor why did you have ten children?" Granny Kiely replied, "To be certain, there was no poverty between the sheets!"
Her Irish father is the fourth of ten children, and her French Canadian mother the baby of twelve. Lively stories bounce back and forth between the two cultures in this conversational memoir full of gems. Spanning four generations, readers are treated to holidays in Ireland and camping adventures throughout Ontario. Family, friends, neighbors, dogs, and horses, all come to life in this witty family saga. The book documents the strong ties that bind generations together. Kiely's writing is honest, captivating, and this author brings a fresh new voice like no other.
While this is a true story, some of the names and identifying details of persons and places have been changed. Some events did not occur in the precise order or at the precise time related in the book. As with any writing, this story reflects only the author's perspective on events, and the book relates those perspectives. This book is intended to capture resilient humour and share tales of a time when large families were common, certainly not to hurt or judge any others who are depicted in this story, especially given that the author is sincerely grateful to all for their roles in this journey.
The 23rd annual Independent Publisher Book Awards ceremony took places on May 28th, 2019 at The Copacabana in New York City. Medal winning books are listed from around the world: five Australian states, seven Canadian provinces, forty-two United States, District of Columbia and Guam, France, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, New Zealand, Spain, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom. This year's contest drew 4,500 entries. No Poverty Between the Sheets won the Silver Medal for Canada East - Best Regional Non-Fiction.
ISBN-13: 978-0-9919809-1-8 | WMPub#1325 | 8½" x 5½"
200 pages; trade paperback | $19.95
Available In EBook Formats Here: $6.95 CDN
Praise for No Poverty Between the Sheets
A lovely read through. Very conversational, and all of those wonderful people are painted beautifully. Kiely's love for them shines through on every page.
Neil Crone, Actor/Author/Comedian
Kiely tackles a hilarious heritage with both hands on the reins and sparks flying from her spurs!
Hugh Morshead, Author/Equestrian
I couldn't put this book down! I started laughing on the very first page and couldn't wait to get to the next paragraph. What also impresses me is Kiely's style of writing which is so honest and down-to-earth.
Dave Devall, CTV Chief forecaster 1961-2009
No Poverty between the Sheets is a romp through Pauline's childhood years, enhanced by the spicy language of her mixed French Canadian and Irish heritage. A horse theme weaves its way throughout this book and eventually has everything to do with the ending. You'll laugh out loud, and also cry. The book is a testament to her father, John Kiely, and his unfaltering love of his family.
Rod Urquhart, Editor of Voice of the Farmer, Horse Talk Magazine
Cozy, funny, and a truly relatable book. Takes us back to a time when being politically correct was not the norm: just people living life.
Christine Gonsalves, Pickering Book Club
Table of Contents
Beaulieu Family Tree
Kiely Family Tree
Chapter One: The Push that was the Shove
Chapter Two: 49 Sherwood Forest Drive
Chapter Three: Sean, Sean the Leprechaun
Chapter Four: Blarney
Chapter Five: The Big Picture and The Four Families
Chapter Six: Why? That's Why!
Chapter Seven: The Horse Bug
Chapter Eight: Frog Island
Chapter Nine: Go Big or Go Home
Chapter Ten: Sharp as a Tack
Chapter Eleven: Happy New Year
Chapter Twelve: The Funny Farm
Chapter Thirteen: The Bee's Knees
Chapter Fourteen: Dylan, as in Bob
Chapter Fifteen: The Dog Named Dalkey
Chapter Sixteen: Horse Mad
Chapter Seventeen: No Poverty Between the Sheets
Chapter Eighteen: Four Seasons
Chapter Nineteen: Tally Ho
Chapter Twenty: Superman
The Curse Of Emigration
About the Author