Aug 122015


No Poverty Between the Sheets by Pauline Kiely

Category: Adult non-fiction, 258 pages
Genre: Memoir
Publisher: A Passionate Pen
Published: March 2012
Available in: Print and e-book (mobi for Kindle), PDF
Content Rating: PG-13 Mature

This book documents the strong ties that bind generations together. When the author poses the question to her Irish Granny, “If you were so poor why did you have ten children?” Says she, “To be certain, there was no poverty between the sheets!” This sassy saga of a large family that is half Irish and half French Canadian captures hilarious voices and comical antics of a vibrant family that is cloaked in love. A horse theme and song lyrics are neatly knitted throughout the layers of generations.


It took me a while to get interested in this book. It might have been because I’d heard such good thoughts about it and heard that it was hilarious, and maybe I just built it up in my mind too much. It could have just been the mood I was in.

But then the book got funny. Some of it was LOL funny and some of it was just snicker funny. It was also just a bit too corny at times.

What I liked about the book was that the family was super close and really loved and enjoyed each other’s company. I liked reading how they interacted and all the crazy things they did, and I liked learning a bit about where the lived. And I liked the photos. They add to the story and make you feel part of it.

All in all I liked the book, but I know many other people who loved it. Read it and see what you think.


Pauline Kiely author pic

Meet the Author:

Pauline Kiely has been an avid student of Creative Writing her entire life. This author has consistently taken various courses and workshops offered at University of Toronto and Trent Universities. A year long memoir course with Susan Reynolds brought out this witty honest voice that shoots straight from the hip aiming for the heart.

Connect with the author:   Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook

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  6 Responses to “No Poverty Between the Sheets by Pauline Kiely”

  1. I like books that center on family 🙂 This one has the advantage of being funny too. I’ll check it out!

  2. This book interests me greatly since the author is Canadian, as am I, although I reside in the U.S. permanently now, but I lived in Montreal and Ontario and know the lifestyle and people. The reality of this story draws me into it greatly. Thanks for this great giveaway.

  3. Sounds like an interesting book. Thanks for stopping by today. 🙂

  4. I’m glad you explained the title because I was certainly curious what it meant! I like family memoirs like this and it is interesting to see how other families operate and love in spite of (or because of) the difficulties in life. Though–it is always a bit disappointing when a book is overly hyped!

  5. This book sounds really interesting.

  6. “No poverty between the sheets” had me howling! This sounds like it would offer different perspectives, as obviously there would be different viewpoints between generations. I have so many books on my to-read list though that I think I will not enter the giveaway.

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