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Author: Sarah Jo Burke Narrator: Sarah Jo Burke Publisher: Sarah Jo Burke Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2017 ISBN: 9781538431245
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Back in the 1960s, the Burke Family Singers were America’s answer to Austria’s von Trapp Family. Throughout that tumultuous decade, the fabric of the nation’s life was torn by the war in Vietnam and the impassioned drive of the civil rights movement. It was against this churning backdrop that a large Rhode Island family—mother, father, and ten children—set out on the first of what would prove a long series of coast-to-coast tours whose only purpose was to bring the glorious sound of their music to audiences everywhere. They performed in major cities and remote small towns. Among their memorable TV Christmas specials was one with Maria von Trapp and family, and one on TV’s Ed Sullivan Show. Sarah Jo Burke, the youngest of the five daughters, has written a book that celebrates American values in the best sense and, if nothing else, proves that the family that sings together stays together.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Written in a way that opens the floodgates of memory for anyone who was alive from the Sputnik era to the Vietnam War.”

    Mary K. Feeney, former critic, Hartford Courant

  • “What Sarah Jo Burke has accomplished in this autobiographical account is original as well as delightfully forthright.”

    Ernestine Gilbreth-Carey, author of Cheaper by the Dozen

  • “[Burke is] following in the footsteps of the great Irish storytellers and with this story, she really nailed it.”

    Paddy Maloney, The Chieftains

  • “Author Sarah Jo Burke lovingly takes us on her family’s journey from rags to riches.”

    The Harvard Coop (Cambridge, MA)

  • “Exuberant! Charming and quintessentially American, Sarah Jo Burke’s Don’t Think It Hasn’t Been Fun is among the rare memoires that celebrate a happy childhood.”

    Christina Schwarz, author of All is Vanity

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About the Author

Sarah Jo Burke, born in Peace Dale, Rhode Island, is the youngest daughter in the Burke family. In the 1960s, Sarah and her family toured the United States and Canada as the Burke Family Singers. She currently lives in Woodstock, Connecticut.