Read Where I Belong Online Free - From the lead singer of the band Great Big Sea comes a lyrical and captivating musical memoir about growing up in the tiny fishing village of Petty Harbour, Newfoundland, and then taking to the world stage.
Singer-songwriter and front man of the great Canadian band Great Big Sea, Alan Doyle is also a lyrical storyteller and a creative force. In Where I Belong, Alan paints a vivid, raucous and heartwarming portrait of a curious young lad born into the small coastal fishing community of Petty Harbour, Newfoundland, and destined to become a renowned musician who carried the musical tradition of generations before him and brought his signature sound to the world. He tells of a childhood surrounded by larger-than-life characters who made an indelible impression on his music and work; of his first job on the wharf cutting out cod tongues for fishermen; of growing up in a family of five in a two-bedroom house with a beef-bucket as a toilet, yet lacking nothing; of learning at his father's knee how to sing the story of a song and learning from his mother how to simply "be good"; and finally, of how everything he ever learned as a kid prepared him for that pivotal moment when he became part of Great Big Sea and sailed away on what would be the greatest musical adventure of his life.
Filled with the lore and traditions of the East Coast and told in a voice that is at once captivating and refreshingly candid, this is a narrative journey about small-town life, curiosity and creative fulfillment, and finally, about leaving everything you know behind only to learn that no matter where you go, home will always be with you.
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November 27, 2016
This is one of the best books I read so far written by a Newfoundlander. The stories are interesting. Funny and witty. Alan shows that he indeed can write a good story.
Things I like about the book
1. There is map of Petty Harbour and a glossary of terms for the mainlanders.
2. The chapters are f...
September 27, 2014
Where I Belong
5 Stars - A wonderful tale of growing up, learning to 'be good' and question the world around you. Showing how much money in your pockets does not shape a man, but how the people and places around him do. About a boy with a lot of questions and a good heart, going from a small town...
August 04, 2014
I had the pleasure of getting to sit down with Alan, his editor and a sales rep from Random House to hear a bit about the process of putting this book together. As a fan of Doyle's band (Great Big Sea), I was, at first, a bit nervous to meet him. But his down to earth manner and friendly disposit...
October 28, 2014
THIS BOOK SHOULD COME WITH A DISCLAIMER: DO NOT READ IN PUBLIC FOR FEAR OF LOOKING LIKE A CRAZY PERSON!!!
I have a habit of taking the book I am currently reading where ever I go; you just never know when you're going to need it. Sure enough, waiting for a friend to show up for a coffee date, I ge...
January 15, 2015
I don't often give 5 star reviews, but I would give this a 10 if I could. It's one of those books you just want to keep reading, soak in every word as quickly as possible, but at the same time, you don't want it to end. I laughed out loud, sometimes until I had tears in my eyes. The book will str...
September 24, 2014
A GoodReads Giveaway
Mostly this autobiography is Alan Doyle’s account of his boyhood in Petty Harbour, Newfoundland. His childhood was not unlike that of many other bay-boys, except that he was part of a musical family — the Doyles from Petty Harbour. Not all bay-boys were.
This scribbler’s bay-b...
November 08, 2014
This book is the perfect antidote to the whole Jian Ghomeshi nonsense. Not all Canadian celebrities are dicks. It is impossible not to love Alan Doyle - God knows I do - and this book shows him to be as humble, lovely and kind as he seems to be. It captures that "Newfie" voice perfectly and featu...
July 28, 2016
I loved this book…for so many reasons. For one, Alan Doyle, whom I’ve seen perform many times, but never met, seems to be such a great person. His childhood in the seventies in rural Newfoundland is not so different from mine in the eighties (although there were thankfully no cod tongues present...
June 13, 2017
I loved this book! We are planning a trip to Newfoundland this summer and we are actually staying in Petty Harbour, so it was great reading a book written by one of my favourite performers who was born and raised there. Alan Doyle is a member of the band Great Big Sea, but he's still Alan Doyle f...
May 05, 2015
Whether you know who Alan Doyle is or not, this book is a hilarious string of stories about growing up in a fishing town in Newfoundland. I was trying to pick a "best part" but there are too many: that it was written in his newfie accent so I could imagine exactly how he told each story, his comm...