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DRESSING A TIGER: A memoir ~Maggie San Miguel

dressing-a-tigerDRESSING A TIGER is not a plain Ol’ memoir with a bit of spicing up, this is about a very interesting and sometimes disturbing life story mixed with a heavy dose of humor and a very spunky child who remembers so much.  Maggie is the youngest child in her family – much younger; her brother is 18 and her sister 16 when she arrives onto the scene.  Mom is fairly unstable and inconsistent and has almost no time for her youngest and Dad is a very busy man as the top negotiator for the Teamsters Union.  Maggie is not allowed to play in the front yard of their Connecticut home but the huge backyard with lake and below ground tree fort commands her attention.  Maggie loves to row her boat out to her private island and seize the day.

“Maggie San Miguel is a Past Life Regression Therapist, a Mediation Instructor and a Psychic Medium, appearing on the paranormal television show, STRANGE TOWN.  She has assisted law enforcement with a murder investigation in Texas.  She also makes pottery, paints and can cook a mean meatball.” (Cover)

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The book is quite interesting and includes geishas’ in Maggie’s rowboat, and mob hit men taking a 4 year old to the dentist.  Because of their reclusive lifestyle, Maggie dotes on the “friends” of her father who come to the house to plot, drink and eat.  Jack Dahlstrom, her father, though of a Scandinavian heritage, learns to speak Italian and interact with the Italian families involved in controlling the East Coast.  His friends are folks he connected with during his time serving in World War II.  His wife a great redheaded beauty grew up in poverty and led a very tough life. When the stress levels were too high, she disappeared into alcohol and bed, including strange behaviors especially trying to kill squirrels.

“A father serving the Mob, hit men moonlighting as babysitters, an uncle in the Secret Service, famous politicians amongst family friends, a mother in need of shock therapy, and a kid who eavesdrops and remember it all. “  What a unique childhood!

“Her father’s prior knowledge of the Kennedy assassination and his unique friendships with Jack Ruby, John Connally, Henry Wade and infamous Mafia bosses Carlo Bambino, Sam Giancana and Paul Castellano is a story untold until now.” “…Dahlstrom collected an impressive array of friends and Mafia secrets that were never meant to see the light of day.  Maggie San Miguel has just opened the blinds.” (Cover)

I enjoyed this book from beginning to end and think it will make a wonderful book to share.  I highly recommend it and am grateful that Meryl Zegarek Public Relations, Inc.  sent me an advanced copy for review.

This book will be published October 26, 2016

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7 Responses to “DRESSING A TIGER: A memoir ~Maggie San Miguel”

  1. Maggie San Miguel Says:

    oh, thank you so much for this lovely review. You’ve completely brightened my day! Blessings, Maggie San Miguel

    patricia Reply:

    Maggie San Miguel
    I have to say this book came as a surprise in the mail and I wasn’t sure about getting it onto the review schedule – but I did enjoy it very much and I learned so many things with your interesting life.

    Good storytelling – hope you are doing well.

    Maggie San Miguel Reply:

    Thank you so very much! I’m thrilled you enjoyed it!
    Best,
    Maggie

  2. Laurie Buchanan Says:

    Patricia — I’m particularly intrigued by, “…heavy dose of humor and a very spunky child who remembers so much.”
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    patricia Reply:

    A very interesting read Laurie and indeed a spunky child – I found it fascinating and funny

  3. Hilary Melton-Butcher Says:

    Hi Patricia … this looks to be a particularly interesting book … I see it will be published later this month. Fascinating to read about – an area I know nothing about, while the period is just one of those … so much going on.

    I hope you’re well … I’ve sort of lost track – but that’s life sometimes … cheers Hilary
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    patricia Reply:

    Hilary
    I have been falling behind these days – getting the new roof just took over our lives for 6 weeks, but now as a typhoon approaches tonight – I am so happy we stopped nearly everything to get a dry working roof over our heads. Thinking of you and I will get over your way soon…