Buffi Neal – Wonderfully Dysfunctional! Book Tour!

The true story of… A woman who laughs at funerals. A gypsy mother who refuses to wear a bra and a father who refuses to leave his first wife. A brother who sleeps under the coffee table and a sister who was kidnapped. A cheating minister, a missing uncle and a feisty, red-headed grandmother who was longing to leave it all.

Buffi always knew her family was unusual, but she was lucky enough to escape that gene. Or was she? Joined by her siblings at the bedside of their dying grandmother, Buffi begins on a journey of self discovery as they recall stories of their youth including juicy family secrets, inappropriate practical jokes, abuse and betrayal. She is on a quest to find Normal but finds herself instead.

It Must be Genetic is about an American family of no particular importance, descendants of the once wealthy and revered Perry clan, but stripped of their family wealth during the Great Depression. It’s full of quirky characters like grandmother Mopsie; a sexy divorced mother of two in the 1950’s who would turn the heads of her conservative neighbors when hosting the best poker parties in town, but who can now be found sleeping her days away in the bed of a nursing home. The story climaxes when Mopsie accidentally reveals a secret that sends her family frantically searching through old documents to find the son she gave up for adoption half a century ago.

It Must be Genetic is about acceptance, forgiveness and the great capacity to love. The story is written from the perspective of a third generation divorced mother, Buffi, who realizes that the very traits that make her family dysfunctional may be the same traits that make it so wonderful. At 64,000 words, it’s paced for a quick-and-easy read.

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My Thoughts

It is so awesome to know I am not alone in having a dysfunctional family! Buffi Neals account is clear and honest storytelling at it’s best. As she shares the connections that made her who she is today, I found myself acknowledging the many ways (both sad and happy) that made me who I am today. I was captivated by her stories of life within her family sphere, and Mopsie… well you need to read about her yourself. We are born into this world to experience and learn, but no matter how the history mixes, we will become a unique person with growth and understanding of those who came before us. The author has a wonderful style and made it intriguing to follow her story. Each page brought new expectations and realizations.


About The Author

Buffi Lynn Neal is a free-spirited mother of two currently living in a small town in Central New Jersey. She earned her Masters of Computer Science from Lehigh University. She also holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in both Mathematics and Physics. Although Buffi spent twenty years working in the field of Computer Science she longed for the day that she could use her passion for writing to tell the unusual stories of her life.

Who am I? I’m a forgetful, kind-hearted, forty-plus year old mother of two who has great logic skills but spells worse than a fourth grader. I’m afraid of the dark and never shut my eyes in the shower. I bite my nails and peel my sunburn. Actually, I will peel anyone’s sunburn. I would rather stick hot burning embers in my eyes than take out the garbage and I would rather be comfortable than look good. Like my mother and grandmother, I love the beach. I am much more than I can write and I can write much more than I am.

Buffi is currently working on the second memoir in her “Wonderfully Dysfunctional” series.


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Books to come…..

Wonderfully DysfunctionalTM – Breaking the Silence

At the age of nine I met my grandfather for the first time. It had been over twenty five years since my mother saw him. He arrived completely by surprise, bringing gifts for all, and was ready to be a part of our lives. I was the lucky one chosen to take a month trip to Florida with him. During the day it was ice cream, new clothes, and Disney World, and during the night it was something very unnatural. What my family did not know, was Grandpa Jack was a pedophile.

“Breaking the Silence” is part of the “Wonderfully Dysfunctional” Memoir series. It’s the journey of a young girl who loved her grandpa so much that it would take thirty years, four deaths, two lawsuits, many lawyers and doctors before she would Break the Silence and tell her story of love and abuse through the eyes of a child.


buffi neals booksWonderfully DysfunctionalTM – 1982 Out Past Curfew 

It was 1982. I was only fourteen, and it was the year I learned about sex, drugs, love, and friendship. It was the year I became a woman and my mother became a person. It was the year of firsts for many of us; our first real kiss, first drink, first smoke, and first ride in the back of a police car.

We were a poor family living in a middle class neighborhood. The world was exciting and everything was new. I was a sponge soaking up all the good and the bad life had to offer. I learned that the child of an alcoholic has an unmistakable talent for holding their liquor, a teenager has the power to drive their parents to insanity, and if you turn your back on a friend you have turned your back on yourself.

“1982 Out Past Curfew” is part of the “Wonderfully Dysfunctional” Memoir series. It’s about the coming of age, the struggle to understand your sexuality and accept your past. It’s about finding lifelong love and friendship from the most unexpected people. Many life lessons happened after curfew in 1982.

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I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.

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25 Responses to Buffi Neal – Wonderfully Dysfunctional! Book Tour!

  1. I’m so pleased you enjoyed the read, thank you for sharing your review today x
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  2. Love the cover and the concepr
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  3. Tracie says:

    This book sounds really interesting! My curiosity is piqued for sure. I want to read the second one, too.
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  4. brett says:

    thank you for including the second book. i like to get things in sets
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  5. Jennifer B says:

    This books sounds like a great read! I have a very dysfunctional family myself!
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  6. This book sounds quite interesting. Not in my usual genre that I usually read; But quite interesting none-the-less. I may be tempted to branch out and try it.
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  7. Dawn Lopez says:

    Thanks for sharing, I love finding new books to read. I’ll have to check this out!
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  8. Heather M says:

    This sounds like an interesting book!
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  9. Pam says:

    I hadn’t heard of these books before, but they sound interesting!
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  10. I think I would love to read about Buffi’s story!
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  11. Shauna says:

    This sounds amazing… I too come from a very dysfunctional family so this totally hits home. Will have to check this book out.

  12. Acceptance and forgiveness are definitely topics to build a great book around. I need some reading time with a great cup of coffee!
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  13. kathy balman says:

    sounds like an awesome book! I love these types of books, thanks for a great review!
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  14. Tina says:

    I find time to read in the summer, and this sounds like it would be right up my alley. But then I’ve always thought every family has ghosts in the closet or some-such other history that would be very very interesting indeed.
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  15. Debbie says:

    Awesome book ~ I wish I had more time to read. Snow storms are great reading days

  16. Wonderfully Dysfunctional book series sounds like my kind of books. I love to read about family dynamics. I love functionally dysfunctional families, normal is way over rated.
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  17. It’s so nice to know there’s dysfunction everywhere. United in dysfunction we shall be (and read). I’ll have to look into this series.
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  18. Thanks so much for sharing information about this book. I am always looking for new books to read.
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  19. The title of this book gets the attention right away. I think everyone in a dysfunctional situation wants to find something wonderful in it to celebrate.
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  20. Petro Neagu says:

    That reminds me I need to set aside some reading time. Beautiful review, thank you 🙂

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  21. Vonnie says:

    Sounds like a very interesting storyline! Reading about dysfunctional family makes me thankful for my family during our ups-and-downs adventures. 🙂

  22. I adore books . . . not sure this one is for me. But I love hearing what everyone else thinks about the books they’ve read.

  23. I used to love book tours so much!
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  24. Shanna says:

    I love to read! I haven’t had time much lately, but this book sounds interesting. I will add it to my TBR list.
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  25. Kristyn says:

    sounds like this would be a very interesting read
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