She's All Eyes: Memoirs of an Irish-American Daughter
by Maura Conlon-McIvor
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Young Maura, voted the Most Quiet Girl in Catholic school, notices everything. Outside her suburban home near Disneyland, the Cold War and Vietnam are fomenting unrest. Inside, FBI Special Agent Joe Conlon, his wife, Mary, and their five children are still bound by tradition -- baseball games, Sunday dinners of roast beef and mashed potatoes, and watching the Sunday night TV show, The FBI. And there’s the most unshakable tradition of all: Joe Conlon says little, hardly speaking at all. Eager to penetrate his roaring silence, Maura transforms herself into a sleuth, a childhood spy in the home, spinning fantasies in her head, with her younger brother, who has Down syndrome, at her side. Revealing the secret life of one highly imaginative girl, She’s All Eyes is a passionate homage to family bonds, the trials that test them, and the triumphs that make them -- and us -- stronger.
Maura Conlon-McIvor grew up in the Los Angeles suburbs surrounded by priests, nuns and visiting East Coast relatives who spoke with beguiling, Irish brogues. She fell in love with the sound of words early on, and too shy to speak in person, began whispering poetry into her secret tape recorder. Maura graduated with a degree in Communication Studies from the University of Iowa. She holds a M.A. degree in Literature from Wake Forest University, where she wrote on the Irish poets. She has worked as an editor, producer, occasional public radio commentator, public speaker, and freelance journalist on both coasts. Maura holds a doctorate in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute, and lives with her family in Portland, Oregon and New York.
Published by Warner Books
paperback / 320 pages