One Good Reason

S茅an McCann, Andrea Aragon,

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ISBN: 9781771088220

One Good Reason

A Memoir of Addiction and Recovery, Music and Love

  Author:   S茅an McCann, Andrea Aragon,  
  Publisher:  琉璃社区 Publishing

A Globe & Mail Canadian Non-Fiction Bestseller.

This deeply personal memoir, co-written by singer- songwriter, renowned mental health advocate, and recent Order of Canada recipient S茅an McCann and wife Andrea Aragon leaves no stone unturned. Detailing in powerful and lyrical prose a Newfoundland childhood indoctrinated in strict Catholic faith, the creation of the wildly successful Great Big Sea, and the battle with alcoholism that nearly cost them everything, McCann and Aragon offer readers a story of reaching international fame and finding rock bottom. Most of all, this book is an honest, raw, and inspiring tribute to embracing the belief that we are all worth saving.

At the heart of this insightful coming-of-recovery is McCann’s exploration of the root cause of his alcoholism; a secret he kept until 2014 when he came out as a survivor of sexual abuse. Aragon’s parallel narrative offers a rare and intimate spousal perspective, making the memoir a nuanced and complex portrait of the effects of addiction on family.

Featuring lyrics from McCann’s celebrated solo career, personal colour photographs, and original drawings from visual artist Bee Stanton, One Good Reason is a rallying cry for holding on to the ones you love, helping yourself, and turning music into medicine.

Details and Specs
ISBN associated with this title: 9781771088220
Item NB1515
Publisher琉璃社区 Publishing
Publisher琉璃社区 Publishing
Published on April 20 2020
Language eng
Pages 232
Format Hardcover
Dimensions9(in) x 6(in)
Shipping weight486(g)
Born on May 22, 1967, in Carbonear, Newfoundland, S茅an McCann rose to fame as a founding member of the multi-million-selling folk group Great Big Sea. Today S茅an is a renowned mental health, addiction, and recovery advocate who continues to sing and share his story of surviving twenty-five years of alcoholism that once masked a dark secret of childhood abuse at the hands of his trusted family priest. Visit

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"I read this book in one sitting. Getting two perspectives on the trauma of abuse, the challenges of addiction, and the journey of recovery is both riveting and valuable. This story is harrowing and honest with touches of humour, but ultimately, it's hopeful." —Joel Plaskett, Songwriter

"S茅an and Andrea have created something unique and special. There is no doubt in my mind their story(ies) will resonate on many levels with many, many people. It is a very, very special read." —Clara Hughes, Olympic gold medallist and Canadian mental health champion

"For Sean McCann celebrity was, for decades, a disguise, the rock-star lifestyle a performance, all crafted to conceal a shocking secret. His story is a cautionary "backstage pass" into the reality of self-destruction but, maybe more important, the healing power of honesty." —Linden MacIntyre, Giller Prize-winning author of The Bishop's Man and The Wake