Cape Cod journalist and lecturer Tom O’Connell,
author of The O’Connell Boy: Educating “The Wolf
Child,” is publisher of Sanctuary Unlimited books
and www.sanctuary777.com. Listed in Who’s Who
in the East, he was selected in Cape Cod Life
magazine’s 25th Anniversary Issue as one of the
“Top 100 Influential” people on Cape Cod.
He was president, American Medical Writers
Association, New England Chapter and national
correspondent, The U.S. Journal of Drug & Alcohol Dependence. A Cape Cod
Writers’ Center member, he teaches writing at Cape Cod Community College.
Comments About Tom's Books & Lectures.
“Tom O’Connell connects with readers soul to soul...inspires.” --Jordan Rich, WBZ News Radio 1030, Boston
“It’s the finest example of anyone writing on this subject.” --Don LaTulippe, WPLM Radio, Plymouth
“Your talk was warm and funny...You are a natural storyteller.” --Shirley Eastman, Friends of the Cotuit Library
“A page turner...mind boggling...a stunning view.” --Melora North, Cape Cod
“O’Connell writes compellingly.” --Melanie Lauwers, Cape Cod Times
“Thank you for your delightful presentation.” --Justine Bowen, Irish AmericanClub of Cape Cod
“Very vivid...A fascinating read.” --Bob Silverberg, Books & The World TV
“Thank you for your delightful presentation...warmly received.” --Kathie Glynn, Falmouth Public Library
“Earthy dialogue sprinkled with wit, candor and affection.” --Dedham Times
Comments on “Bugging Out”
“Bug out: 1. To leave or quit, usually in a hurry 2. To avoid a
responsibility or duty.”
Bugging Out: An Army Memoir (1954) tells how the author dropped
out of Boston College to marry, then volunteered for the Army draft to
qualify for the G.I. Bill of Rights on his return to college.
Demoralized by cruel superiors during infantry basic training, and
lonely for his pregnant wife, he is caught between duty and self-preservation.
Reluctantly, he turns to “bugging out.”
With wit and irony, O’Connell uses candid dialogue and vivid descriptions
to relate how he dealt with the military assaults on his independent
The author’s “battle of wits” shows one young man coping with the
Army’s challenges to his sanity, and offers scenes refl ecting outrage, despair,
“Tom O’Connell’s years as an arrested free spirit in Mrs. White’s
group foster home prepared him to be a ‘volunteer draftee’ in the U.S. Army.
He survived both periods of emotional torture to write another fascinating
and gripping memoir.”
—Dr. Finbarr Corr, author & educator
Comments on “The
O’Connell Boy: Educating ‘The Wolf Child’”
read the manuscript in one day. I couldn’t put it down. It
brought back old memories, some of which I cried and some
I laughed. I felt like I was still in the time period of
1932-1950. Your talent for writing is beyond anything I have read
and I read 3 to 5 books a week. Congratulations to you, Sir, for
I certainly enjoyed it. Thank you.”
--Ethel Mace Thompson, Dedham, Massachusetts
“It’s like a stroll down
memory lane and the memories are of a simpler and quieter time we
were so lucky to be able to share. I really enjoyed the book. In
fact, I'm reading it over.”
--Jean Barry, Norwood, Massachusetts
O’Connell connects with readers soul to soul.
He writes of personal challenges and achievements in a way that
inspires readers.” “Thanks for a terrific interview the other night.
I had no idea of your background or writing accomplishments until we
agreed to talk on my show. I am most impressed.
Best of luck with this memoir.”
--Jordan Rich, WBZ News Radio 1030, Boston, Massachusetts
“He provides lively
impressions of his ‘wolf child’ life in homes run by Irish
immigrants...experiences in a Catholic Charities group foster
home in Norwood and with his grandmother in East Dedham are
vividly highlighted...memories are provided in earthy
dialogue sprinkled with wit, candor and affection.”
--The Dedham Times
“To put it mildly, former Norwood and
Dedham resident Tom O’Connell didn’t live a typical
childhood....experienced more trauma than most.
The memoir is meant to touch on an orphan’s feelings, quest for
freedom, and struggle to find a place in the world through
both the Great Depression and world War II.”
--Brian Falla, Daily News Transcript, Needham, Massachusetts
Comment found at Amazon.com on “The Monadnock Revelations”
spiritual memoir...I am the daughter of Eleanor Moore. She would
have enjoyed reading this book. Tom has written his experiences in a
very enjoyable and easy to understand way. This is truly a true
account of that time in Tom’s life and those that read this book will
come away uplifted.”
--just_joyce008, Los Angeles
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