DRESSING 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)
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