Vodka on My Wheaties

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One might wonder why the life of a free-spirited woman might be such an interesting read. Widowed at the age of twenty-two, after a fairytale marriage, Ann Lloyd inherited one million dollars - not considered much now a days - but then, sixty years ago, had the buying power of more than eight million. The beginning chapters reveal that Ann was programmed from birth to march to the beat of a different drum. From her sudden dramatic exposure to a life of opulent wealth, world travels, she and her second husband ...

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Overview

One might wonder why the life of a free-spirited woman might be such an interesting read. Widowed at the age of twenty-two, after a fairytale marriage, Ann Lloyd inherited one million dollars - not considered much now a days - but then, sixty years ago, had the buying power of more than eight million. The beginning chapters reveal that Ann was programmed from birth to march to the beat of a different drum. From her sudden dramatic exposure to a life of opulent wealth, world travels, she and her second husband settled down to build an exclusive out-island scuba diving resort in the Bahamas. As a self-appointed liberated female the adventures do not stop there. Join in Ann's kaleidoscopic journey down one of life's most unusual paths and her ability to "make things happen."

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Lloyd's unconventional memoir is told with gusto and packed with honest, entertaining episodes. Raised by "intense and neurotic" parents, the quirky narrator with a "mind and a will of own" endures a lonely childhood and tumbles through her colorful life. Tying the knot with her handsome boyfriend results in a dangerous marriage that threatens her life. Her second marriage leads the author to support her new husband's many "failed business enterprises" and then maintain a resort in the Bahamas. Her brief third marriage leads to substance abuse, as she starts "drowning her depression in vodka." Eventually Lloyd discovers a 12-step program to maintain sobriety, filling the "empty void left by the removal of alcohol" with the "fruits of spirituality." But the onset of an autoimmune disease changes everything and forces Lloyd to remake her life yet again. The author's constant digressions, excessive detail, and meandering narrative hinder this account of her adventures, but her voice remains determined and fearless nevertheless. Unapologetic name-dropping is made more convenient—and slightly more ridiculous—by the inclusion of a "Celebrity Index."
Midwest Book Review
No one's life is anything that resembles normal. "Vodka On My Wheaties" is a memoir of Ann Lloyd, as she expresses her own journey through eight decades of life, finding that nothing about her is normal, and she shares her story well and leaves readers with humor and a strong message. "Vodka On My Wheaties" is an excellent read, a fine addition to any memoir collection.
Blue Ink Review
Lloyd rose from the ashes of her own fires - gives her story its undeniable flair - filled with a blizzard of bizarrely entertaining events and many, many dropped names. There's a convenient list of celebrities and the pages on which they are mentioned at the front of the book.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781929882571
  • Publisher: Biographical Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 11/1/2010
  • Pages: 361
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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