That's That: A Memoir

That's That: A Memoir

How can we know who we are if we do not understand where we came from?   Colin Broderick grew up in Northern Ireland during the period of heightened tension and violence known as the Troubles. Broderick's Catholic family lived in County Tyrone --the heart of rebel country. In That?s That, he brings us into this world and delivers a deeply personal account of what it was like How can we know who we are if we do not understand where we came from?   Colin Broderick grew up in Northern Ir...

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Title:That's That: A Memoir
Author:Colin Broderick
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:0307716333
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:368 pages pages

That's That: A Memoir Reviews

  • John
    Feb 16, 2016
    I don?t have a clue how to write a review for this book. I liked it. I don?t know how to say that I liked it. To be a little creative, I suppose I?m just going to talk to the author: Dear Mr. Broderick, I think this seems like a good way to start a review of your book, thou...
  • Marcy
    Mar 01, 2013
    I received an ARC of this book through the GoodReads First Reads giveaway program. "That's That" is a book by a man who grew up in Northern Ireland during The Troubles -- a time of tension and violence between Catholics and Protestants, Irish and British. Colin Broderick is one of s...
  • Lynn
    Aug 07, 2014
    Compulsively readable story about a man recalling his childhood during "the Troubles". Northern Ireland in the 60s,70s, and 80s. Colin Broderick opens with the Irish Catholic side of British takeover and rule and then delves into the troubles in his childhood and life as a young man. F...
  • Bonni
    May 28, 2013
    I didn't even get through a third of the book before realizing it's not a book for me. I wanted to know more about the Troubles--not about a boy becoming a man. Maybe I will find another book that is more tastefully written. ...
  • Barbara
    Dec 07, 2013
    I really enjoyed this book - loved the author's voice although it petered out at the end. However his reminiscences of growing up in N. Ireland reminded me of McCourt's "Angela's Ashe's" and I appreciated the window into that very different world. ...
  • Sarah
    May 18, 2013
    I?ve said it before and I?ll say it again: I have a very hard time reviewing memoirs. It goes against everything I believe in to play the role of critic in relation to someone else?s cathartic process. What a person experiences in their life is their own? I have no right to jud...
  • Laura
    Jan 03, 2016
    This memoir of Colin Broderick's childhood, spent in Ulster during the Troubles brought unique insight into a fascinating period of history, simply because it was told from the perspective of a child. I've read several memoirs written about the author's childhood and in most instances ...
  • Charlotte Best
    Jul 09, 2013
    A good book if you are interested and want to know a true story about a young boy growing up in Northern Ireland during the time when the IRA fought the British for an independent Ireland, in both the North and the South. It is hard to believe that amidst the chaos of war in Northern I...
  • Nancy Kennedy
    Mar 17, 2013
    Colin Broderick grew up Catholic in Northern Ireland during the Troubles. This memoir about his childhood leads inexorably to that fork in the road: Will he join the fight or will he walk away? After you read Mr. Broderick's memoir, you will see what a courageous choice he has made....
  • Jessica Furtado
    Mar 03, 2013
    I received this book as part of the Goodreads First Reads program. Before picking up "That's That,"I never knew that I wanted to know about the history of Ireland, but this book inspires a curiosity and genuine interest in the reader that will make you hungry to learn more about the co...
  • Kate
    Jan 24, 2014
    I truly enjoyed this "on-the ground" peek into Northern Ireland. Colin writes with honesty of his perception and doesn't leave out the flaws, awkwardness, and missteps. After reading his account I'ld be interested in finding a book with more detailed information on that time in Ireland...
  • Leslie
    Apr 19, 2016
    Great memoir of growing up in Northern Ireland during The Troubles. I've always been interested in that era and it was fascinating to read about someone the same age as I am and his experiences as a child. ...
  • Megan Edge
    Nov 13, 2016
    Colin Broderick writes with total clarity and raw emotion. I'm giving it five starts because there was nothing I'd add or change. Such a heartbreaking and insightful tale of growing up in Northern Ireland. ...
  • Karen
    Mar 08, 2013
    What an incredibly insightful and heartbreaking book. I cannot imagine living in Ireland and facing the daily grind of a Catholic in Northern Ireland. This is a poignant and moving coming-of-age story told with brutal honesty. I was interested in how his life turned out after he came t...
  • Dy-an
    Mar 20, 2014
    The author's perspective makes the situation in Northern Ireland interesting, frustrating and depressing all at the same time. The number of black outs experienced is off set by the accent. I heart the accent. Gotta love audiobooks. ...
  • Rand
    Mar 01, 2013
    Within the past six months I have received three memoirs from the First Reads giveaways program. This one was the last I read and, by far, the best. Not that I spent much thought-time comparing this with those other two memoirs?narratively speaking, this one could hardly be more diff...
  • Mary
    Mar 03, 2013
    "That's that", "that's final" these are quotes I heard often growing up, so the title was the first thing interested me and what is between the covers is what really touched me. Colin's experience during the troubles made me think about what my grandfather and his brothers may have gon...
  • Kim Vandeweghe
    Aug 29, 2013
    Thoroughly enjoyed the author's telling of his experiences growing up Catholic in Northern Ireland in the 1980s. It was eye-opening to hear a firsthand account of the time referred to as the Troubles. I liked the humor and wit. I admire his spirit and determination. I want to read more...
  • Meg
    Jul 28, 2013
    Reminded me of Frank McCourt's Angela's Ashes. Great read. ...
  • Sean
    Feb 27, 2013
    A memoir of growing up catholic in Northern Ireland during the 70's and 80's, right in the middle of the Troubles. The author was an angry, violent kid with an overprotective mother and strong family ties to the IRA. It was interesting, but didn't knock my socks off. ...
  • Natalie
    Oct 05, 2016
    A wonderful history of 1970s Northern Ireland from the point of view of a young man trying to make his way through it. Colin tells of his personal struggles with the British, the IRA, and alcohol while telling a broader history of The Troubles. ...
  • Donna
    May 12, 2015
    5 stars because I would read this again. During the last 6 months, I?ve read more autobiographies than I ever have before. I?ve enjoyed almost every one of them. I enjoyed this one too. This one, however, has got to be one of the best written autobiographies/memoirs that I have ...
  • Matt Connolly
    May 24, 2013
    Growing up is tough, but doing it in Northern Ireland in the middle of "The Troubles" of the 1970's and '80's is even tougher. Broderick paints a compelling picture about coming-of-age in a small village under the rule of both the British and his old-school mother, both of which seem t...
  • Molly Ewing
    Mar 05, 2014
    Broderick's memoir is an unflinching look at how growing up Catholic (and all that implies) in the war zone that was Northern Ireland affected his heart soul dreams and values. ...
  • Mike
    May 30, 2013
    Not much is known about what Northern Ireland in the 70's and 80's, during the height of "The Troubles," was like. As Broderick himself points out, that narrative of what life was really like for Catholics was tightly woven into the tight nest of British rule. The experience of being u...
  • Wendy Henning
    Jul 17, 2017
    Wow. Amazing prose about a fascinating time and place. The harsh realities of Northern Ireland are difficult to read about, but seeing as it's where my grandparents came from, I feel both obligated and honored to learn about it. ...
  • Shelly Hammond
    Apr 15, 2013
    I was lucky enough to win this book in a Goodreads giveaway which landed me a really cool uncorrected proof copy (which is the greatest thing ever in and of itself because I am a true nerd and appreciate such things!). Aside from being quite happy just for that reason alone, I was also...
  • Judeanne
    May 20, 2013
    That's That was on my radar after hearing an NPR interview with Colin Broderick. Winning a copy from Goodreads was icing on the cake. As a second-generation Irish American the Troubles were no secret to me but, thoroughly understanding them from the vantage point of a peer brought ...
  • Allan
    Dec 16, 2014
    Having already read Orangutan, I was aware of Broderick's personality, which I have to admit I didn't particularly like, though I did admire the honesty he showed in that memoir. This book, his second memoir, telling of his years growing up in Co Tyrone, charts his formative years befo...
  • Montse
    Jan 09, 2016
    Memories of a childhood teenage years and early twenties in Northern Ireland. Great narrative style, with humour and relections on life events and on contemporary events. Growing up in County Tyrone in the 70s and 80s must not have been easy and yet this narrative makes you feel you ca...