THE IRISH HUNGARIAN GUIDE TO THE DOMESTIC ARTS
Erin O'Brien, author of The Irish Hungarian Guide to the Domestic Arts will be at Mac's on Saturday, March 24th at 7 p.m.
The Irish Hungarian Guide is a gonzo housewife's guide to appliances, recipes, marriage, sex and cleaning products. You will have to choose your own favorite chapter. For me it's between eviscerating a lobster and the one about Clamato juice.
The Irish Hungarian Guide to the Domestic Arts proves that the Rust Belt is the perfect backdrop for a whirlwind romance, that shopping at the discount grocery is really performance art, and that a half-acre lot in the middle of America is all you need to accommodate a field of dreams.
This book is also a food memoir for the rest of us, wherein a dozen ears of sweet corn turn a humble bowl of chowder into a divine creation, the Hamburger Helper glove dukes it out with a scrappy bowl of slumgullion, and banishing the blues is as easy as lunch with Holly Golightly at the local farmers' market.
A misfit Irish-but-not-Catholic girl from Cleveland's west side, O'Brien is funny and sophisticated, projecting triumph through the lens of the domicile without blinking when sorrow fills the screen. The right measure of quirk and earthy sex separate this book from the Erma Bombeck set, while O'Brien's dry Midwest humor ties it all together.
Erin is the also the author of a novel, Harvey and Eck and wrote the popular Rainy Day Woman column in The Cleveland Free Times. Those essays and current writings can be found at The Erin O'Brien Owner's Manual for Human Beings blog---- http://erin-obrien.blogspot.com/