18 February 2009 ~ 6 Comments

(Book) That Went Well:Adventures in Caring for My Sister by Terrell Harris Dougan


When someone offered to let me read this book, I nearly turned it down. The reviews I saw said it didn’t have enough about the sister and some said that it didn’t show the author’s feelings enough… but I decided “what the heck” and decided to give it a read…

I was shocked by how much I enjoyed this book! The author has a very sarcastic voice and I loved that – it was a nice change of pace from some books I’ve read like this one where the spend so much time feeling sorry for themselves. And yes, she admits to being very frustrated with her sister and with the world around here. I liked her honesty, I liked her moxie. I liked that she talked about HERSELF – it was, after all, HER memoir, not her sister’s memoir! Too often, I read a memoir and it ends up being about someone other than the author.

The last 20 pages or so of this book make it all worth it. The small stories that end in these sarcastic, funny… oh, it’s just fabulous!

Ultimately, this story is about sisterly love. I have 2 sisters of my own and even though Irene has some issues, you can tell that the author dearly loves her. I like that while everyone acknowledges that Irene has problems, they do the best they can for her and themselves. At the end of the day, that’s all any of us can do. An amazing story, a touching life. Read it.


“Irene is a very special lady who makes others feel better about lots of things.”
—Kim Peek, the original model for Rain Man

Meet Terrell Dougan’s sister, Irene: a woman in her sixties who still believes in Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny—but who also enjoys playing those characters for the children at the local hospital; whose favorite outfit, which she’ll sneak into whenever Terrell’s back is turned, consists of Mickey Mouse kneesocks and shorts; who wins over the neighborhood kids by hosting two fire trucks at her lemonade stand; whose fridge bears a magnet: NORMAL PEOPLE WORRY ME.

When Irene was born, her parents were advised to institutionalize her. They refused and instead became trailblazers in advocating for the rights of people with mental disabilities. The entire family benefited, with a life rich in stress, sorrows, hilarity, joy, and overwhelming kindness from strangers. Terrell has found that the only way to get through the difficult moments is to laugh—even in the most trying of times. In her moving, funny, and unforgettable memoir about life with Irene, Terrell Dougan shows that love, humor, and compassion are enough to heal us, every single day.


6 Responses to “(Book) That Went Well:Adventures in Caring for My Sister by Terrell Harris Dougan”

  1. Wendy 19 February 2009 at 2:45 pm Permalink

    Sounds like a great book!

    Please enter me 🙂

    wendyhines (at) hotmail (dot) com

  2. gautami tripathy 19 February 2009 at 4:13 pm Permalink

    Count me in too!


  3. Marta 20 February 2009 at 5:36 am Permalink

    This book sounds great! Please enter me for a chance to win 😉

    tbbycatt @ gmail.com


  4. Kristi 21 February 2009 at 6:02 am Permalink

    I also have 2 sisters and have been told that I am a little sarcastic – so would love to read this book!

    kherbrand at comcast dot net

  5. Bev 21 February 2009 at 5:46 pm Permalink

    Sounds like a wonderful book. Count me in too.

    Merry Weather

  6. scottsgal 23 February 2009 at 4:46 am Permalink

    I have a sister and I’m very sarcastic – sounds good

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