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181. You Stink! I Love You
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182. The Dog of My Nightmares: Stories
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183. The Song of Suburbia
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185. To Insanity and Beyond: A Mom's
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187. Do I Look Like a Daddy to You?
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181. You Stink! I Love You
by Stuart Hample
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Asin: 0761126376
Catlog: Book (2002-04-08)
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company
Sales Rank: 477193
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Siblings live in their own special place, a place of joy and bickering, devotion and rivalry, a place whose only currency is Truth. No euphemisms, no equivocations, no beating around the bush. Celebrating this unique relationship is You Stink! I Love You, a warm and wise book for brothers and sisters of all ages, and their often bewildered parents.

Stuart Hample, who's proven his gift for getting kids to open up in Children's Letters to God and other books, eavesdrops on siblings to discover the universal condition of being a brother or a sister. A compilation of short letters from kids ages 7-13, illustrated throughout with the author's irrepressible drawings, You Stink! I Love You presents brothers and sisters telling it just the way it is.

Here are honest appraisals: My sister Jenny thinks she's God. Boy is she wrong!-Alison.

Hard-won caveats: Sometimes if I'm alone I kneel down and say: "God, I would love to have a sister I could share lots of things and lots of secrets with." Unfortunately, I have a brother.-Ellie.

Proud tributes: I have a sister named Gisell. I guess she's okay but I'm not sure because she can't talk yet.-Luis.

Pithy observations: Jonathan A. is a psycho.-Moira A.

And the pure paradox that makes the sibling relationship different from any other: My sister does everything with me, so sometimes I get sick of her and we fight a lot. But since we do everything together, it wouldn't be the same without her.-Millie.

What sibling doesn't know exactly what she means?
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182. The Dog of My Nightmares: Stories by Texas Columnist Dave Lieber
by Dave Lieber
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Asin: 0970853033
Catlog: Book (2003-10-01)
Publisher: Yankee Cowboy Press
Sales Rank: 907966
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Dave's humorist writing touches on family, politics, and every day life.Laugh! Cry! Get Angry! ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Fan of Dave Lieber Celebrates His First Book of Stories
As a longtime reader of Fort Worth Star-Telegram columnist Dave Lieber's work, I was privileged to purchase an advance copy of his book off his new Internet web site before the actual publication date. It's thrilling to see his best stories from the past decade collected in one attractive volume. Dave writes laughers that remind me of Dave Barry at his best. He also writes stories about people that, well, you better darn well have a box of Kleenex nearby. The one about how Dave brought former Dallas Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith to the classroom of a teacher who was dying of cancer (true story; it was her dying wish) is unbelievable! The book has almost 90 stories, each of them short and easy to read. They cover every conceivable subject -- from family, kids, love, education (Dave calls it 'Texas Edukation'), nutty politicians, quirky Texans, Sept. 11, a writer's life, becoming a cowboy, etc. There are probably about 50 photographs in the 288-page book, too. I guess what I like about this book is that it's full of surprises. You never know what is going to be on the next page. There's a story about Dave's relationship with a convicted murderer and then what happened when the guy got released from prison. It's surprising as heck. There's a story about Dave's first meeting with the Texas governor and the strange comment made by Gov. Perry. But the signature story of the book is about Dave's beloved Psycho Dog. Dave loved the dog, but the dog hated Dave. This opening chapter is a real tear jerker, reminiscient of My Dog Skip. I think it's wonderful that Dave is giving a portion of the proceeds of this book to the Humane Society in honor of his late dog. I promise you'll love this book. I'm already on my second reading. - M.W. ... Read more

183. The Song of Suburbia
by David Bouchier
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Asin: 096524752X
Catlog: Book (2002-02-01)
Publisher: Mid Atlantic Productions
Sales Rank: 714334
Average Customer Review: 4.25 out of 5 stars
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Award-winning humorist and radio personality David Bouchier has been called "The H.L.Mencken of the subdivisions." He applies his satirical wit, wisdom, and a touch of philosophy to the everyday dramas of suburban life. In this second collection of essays, originally broadcast on National Public Radio stations WSHU andWSUF in Long Island and Connecticut, he explores and explains such quintessentially suburban themes as: the trauma of an empty driveway; romance in the catering hall; a visit from the exterminator; the metaphysics of golf; and the lament of the suburban commuter. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Song of Suburbia
An award-winning author, radio essayist for National Public Radio, scholar (in the true sense of the word), retired professor, and humorist, David Bouchier has written yet another delightful book that offers the astute reader a rare gift. With his inimitable brand of dry wit and keen insight, Bouchier skillfully satirizes all things suburban. He takes a seemingly trivial topic and turns it into a hilarious "read." What's more, he makes us look at each topic or situation in a way we never have before.

In The Song of Suburbia, the author deftly handles topics as diverse as the cacophony of lawn machines in spring, the cornucopia of vegetables in summer, and the home-alone panic without a car. Like all outstanding humorists, Bouchier does not hesitate to satirize self, and in so doing, puts himself in the same seat as the reader. Song of Suburbia is a happy melody that resonates, a suburban world that entices, an anthology that delights. Its songs will echo long after the book is closed.

5-0 out of 5 stars What I like about the book
Other than the author's obvious traits: wry observations, wit and wisdom, and injection of humors here and there, I enjoy reading the book because of the fact that the author often speaks for many of us (for example, what he says about the mission statement - Mission Impossible) and his words made me think (for example, when he talks about how those glossy "Country" magazines seem to take it for granted that ordinary Americans dwell in antique-filled, historic houses on hundred acre estates, in the depths of the country - Suburban Life.) This book not only brings me smiles but also helps me shape my own thoughts.

5-0 out of 5 stars Song of Suburbia Sparkles
Bouchier's short essays on suburban life hit just the right note. The topics are ones with which we are all familiar - sights encountered while we walk, American holidays, garage sales, sports, vacations and lawn care - to name a few. What keeps us reading is the author's fresh obsverations on cultural events and routines that suburbanites take for granted. Bouchier's writing resonates with dry humor. These well-tuned pieces are entertaining and insightful.

2-0 out of 5 stars Dull Songs
Once again in an effort to be humourous about the foibles of America, an author has dragged out the tired and predictable. It's not that this work isn't occasionaly amusing, it's simply that the writing is stale and formulaic. Perhaps it's a function of his radio persona, writing to fill a certain time slot, but each essay has precisely the same rhythm and pace. It's like repetitively humming the same tune; it's tiresome at best. As for substance, Bill Bryson and many others got there first in contemporary times, and Mr. Bouchier is certainly no H.L. Mencken. The former is a pale imitation of the latter with respect to incisive observation and is vastly Mencken's inferior regarding the bon mot. I'd borrow this and other works of the author's from the library; I certainly don't recommend owning them. ... Read more

184. Maternity The Musical : Funny Songs About Cravings, Sonograms, and Everything Else an Expectant Mom
by Alan Katz, Caissie St Onge
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Asin: 0740738437
Catlog: Book (2004-05)
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
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If motherhood is a sorority, then pregnancy is its nine-month hazing ritual. Weight gain, mood swings, unfashionable clothes: You need a good sense of humor to get through it all, even if you are the dad! Now there's a great book to help you laugh-and sing-about all the embarrassing inconveniences leading up to the blessed event.Maternity the Musical! is a hilarious songbook of parody lyrics to favorite tunes, all about the true sighs and highs of pregnancy. Experienced mothers and mothers-to-be will be rolling on the floor with laughter and recognition at lyrics like these, sung to the tune of "The Hokey Pokey":You take a short breath in,You let a short breath out,Because your lungs are squished,And you're stuffy in your snout.You eat because you're starving,And then you feel too full,You can't get comfortable!Maternity the Musical! covers all of the ups and downs of pregnancy, from weird cravings and Lamaze class to the plethora of pregnancy advice and impossible-to-assemble baby equipment.Best of all, in addition to the illustrated lyrics pages, the book includes a sing-along CD with 10 songs with piano and voice accompaniment to guarantee audience participation. Maternity the Musical! is a riotous pregnancy sing-along sure to induce laughs (if not labor!) and be the hit of any baby shower.

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185. To Insanity and Beyond: A Mom's Journey
by Lia Lenders Matthews
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Asin: 0972075305
Catlog: Book (2002-05-17)
Publisher: Crest Publishing
Sales Rank: 1157008
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Despite its spacey title, To Insanity and Beyond, A Mom's Journey is a collection of very down to earth stories.

A modern day Erma Bombeck, Lia claims she not only loses socks to dryer heaven, but has no idea where her e-mail attachments disappear to after they are downloaded.

Her stories are whimsical and touching as she takes you on a journey every mom has traveled through time. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A pearl
I believe all readers will undoubtedly enjoy this book but "mothers" will feel totally identified.
Reading "To Insanity and Beyond: A Mom's Journey", took me from laughter to tears ...and back to laughter again.
Let's hope she delights us with another one soon.

5-0 out of 5 stars Mom in Monterey
I loved it! I had read some of her articles and was so excited to find she had written a book. I laughed, I cried, and while I read it made me feel I was reading about ME! Thanks Lia, you did it again. ... Read more

186. Mother Knows Best
by Dean Buckhorn, Scott Gardiner
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Asin: 0740741632
Catlog: Book (2004-03-01)
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Let's hear it for Mom. She washes your clothes; she cooks your favorite meals; she keeps a happy, well-run home, and she does it all with a smile. She must enjoy picking up your dirty socks, right? Not so fast. As Mother Knows Best shows, Mom has other ideas about motherhood, even if you never hear her complain.At first glance, Mother Knows Best appears to be a homey collection of happy sentiments voiced by contented mothers of a bygone era. Look closer, though, and literally read between the lines to find out what Mom really thinks about cooking, cleaning, and motherhood in general. Only Mom could deliver these funny lines with such a serene smile: MOTHERdoes all the work but Father still thinks heKNOWS BEST.OH BOY, I GET TO slave over a hot oven because no one else knows how toCOOK DINNER!EVERY DAY IS a never-ending list of chores that earns you "oh boy!" a box of candy on MOTHER'S DAY.Hilarious photos of smiling moms enhance the combination of the grumbling reality of motherhood sandwiched between the saccharine sweet ideal. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A great gift for any Mom!!
Young or old, any mother will love this humorous book! It's funny. It's insightful. And it gives Mom just what she needs after a long day. A laugh! ... Read more

187. Do I Look Like a Daddy to You? : A Survival Guide for First-Time Fathers
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Asin: 0440509149
Catlog: Book (2001-06-05)
Publisher: Dell
Sales Rank: 71094
Average Customer Review: 3.83 out of 5 stars
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It takes a baby to turn a guy into a man.

Hard-won lessons of a first-time father — the good, the bad, and the big-time changes.

"When I used to see a father holding a baby, I thought he was either a poor sap or else an übermensch possessed with talents and levels of forbearance that I would never attain. Now I live on the other side. I'm someone's daddy, and it's the best thing that ever happened to me."

From pregnancy and childbirth through the whirlwind first year of fatherhood, Quinton Skinner shares the adventure of a lifetime: becoming a daddy — and loving it. Nobody said it would be easy. But if imminent fatherhood made Quinton sit up and take notice, baby Natasha's arrival was the making of the man.

Here, with the infinite wisdom of hindsight, is his survival guide for first-time fathers everywhere, filled with hilarious anecdotes and practical advice on how to negotiate that critical first year of your baby's wonderful life.

After a year of on-the-job training, Skinner explores:

• Dealing with the pride — and panic — of your wife's pregnancy (see page 7)
• To be or not to be (in birthing class) (see page 57)
• The moment of truth in the delivery room (see page 77)
• Finding romance after parenthood (see page 102)
• Being the perfect dad while spacing out in front of the TV (see page 112)
• The joys of sleep deprivation (see page 192)
• Becoming a baby chef (see page 177)
• Avoiding the poorhouse (see page 39)
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5-0 out of 5 stars I liked this book
The book is well written and funny. Mr Skinner illustrates the joys and struggles of fatherhood in an interesting book. I particulary enjoyed his description of "King Baby" in how adults themselves can be "babies" and need to pass the baton on to the infant when he/she comes along.

4-0 out of 5 stars A blend of useful information and sophmoric humor
This book should probably be subtitled "Arrested Adolesence Contemplates Impending Fatherhood". The book is really a memoir of two years of Skinner's life (9 months prior to and one year after the birth of his daughter) that also contains useful parenting tips. If you're like me then you'll gloss over parts in which he assumes that the reader is as flippant and irreverant as he is. Useful information that he presents includes:

What to pack for your stay at the hospital
Recipes for your solid-food eating infant
Medicines to have on hand for Junior
Daycare selection criteria

Yes, yes, yes, other books contain this as well, but wouldn't it be irresponsible for Skinner to leave this out?

Here are the drawbacks that come to mind:

Trite humor
No recommendations for other books

I was happy to read that Skinner at least raises the possibility of a husband not being present with his wife during the delivery. The presence of the husband during delivery is not a rule, but a choice to be made by the couple. Contrary to what a previous reviewer wrote, Skinner's absence was not the result of a last-minute decision. Skinner and his wife decided it well in advance of the birth. Skinner's description does give much food for thought (some of it not very complimentary), but it's clear that he and his wife made the correct decision for themselves.

To sum up, I found this book to be a good read. It's not without its flaws, and most certainly is not the only book a father-to-be should read, but the information is sound and the writing solid.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very funny approach to fatherhood
I bought this book for my husband and I laughed throughout the book. It is a very realistic approach to Fatherhood for the corporate jet setter.

1-0 out of 5 stars You look like a [flop] to me...
I'm sorry, but what this guy is selling is just one blinding flash of the obvious after another. As a first-time expectant father, I thought I'd get some useful information from this book, especially since my wife's cousin (also new parents) recommended it to me. Quinton Skinner comes across as a very immature, self-centered man whose answer to everything is to stick his head in the sand like an ostrich. As was the case with another reviewer, I only made it halfway through the book before his whining drivel got the best of me. Avoid this book at all costs if you want to learn anything about being a real dad who participates in- and helps with his wife's pregnancy and labor and in raising a happy and healthy child.

5-0 out of 5 stars A warm and funny book
I wasn't planning on writing a review for this book, but when I saw the last two bad reviews, I had to chime in! Those reviewers must have completely missed the author's wonderful sense of humor, which was what made this book a pleasure to read. The book is honest about some of the rough spots, but it never struck me as negative--I thought the author's obvious love of fatherhood was clear throughout. The tone struck me as fact, I have to confess that I developed an innocent crush on the author based on this book! ... Read more

188. A Handful of Prisms
by Helene O'Shea
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Catlog: Book (2004-06)
Publisher: Bedside Books
Sales Rank: 566549
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Odell Moss isn’t sure if growing up in the middle of a large family is good or not. Her siblings are both her best friends and cleverest foes, and Odell’s life on the family farm is full of mischief and mayhem, laughter and tears. From the anguish of classroom valentines to the delight of keeping a secret pony, from the comforting cycles of farm life to the tensions of a polio epidemic, the Moss children somehow stay one step ahead of unsuspecting parents, strict nuns, and even the police. This collection of hilarious escapades documents Odell’s journey through childhood and her triumphant entrance into young adulthood. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Hillarious, touching, beautiful...
I know it sounds clichŽ, but I couldn't put this book down!
The author looks at very familiar situations with an imaginative, fresh point-of-view.
This book should be required reading for anyone who comes from a large family...NO, ANY FAMILY! ... Read more

189. I'm Counting to 10: Hope and Humor for Frazzled Parents
by Jahnna Beecham, Malcolm Hillgartner
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Asin: 1893732258
Catlog: Book (2001-02-01)
Publisher: Sorin Books
Sales Rank: 993118
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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All parents of young children have a secret, something they find amusing that other adults consider disgusting. Accidentally swallowing the cup of water your daughter used to brush her teeth, pointing out road kill to stop the kids from fighting in the car, letting the neighbor boy -- who can’t find a Kleenex -- blow his nose on your skirt.

I’m Counting to 10 . . . , by parents Jahnna Beecham and Malcolm Hillgartner, chronicles the lives of a slightly offbeat couple and their two young kids with 45 humorous anecdotes. Not for the faint of heart, or for those in pre-parent years (they may choose not to have children after reading this book). Parents in the trenches, however, driving minivans filled with Happy Meal containers, discarded clothing and melted crayons, will find inspiration and understanding in I’m Counting to 10 . . .

To show their firsthand understanding of the subject, Beecham and Hillgartner confess their own parenting shortcomings ("There are times when I’ve served the kids cereal in bowls that I’m not quite sure have been cleaned or just licked clean by the dogs.") and share their reassuring discoveries ("At first we worried everything would kill him. Then we realized almost nothing could.").

I’m Counting to 10 . . . also offers clever tips from toilet training (pour blue cake decorating sprinkles in the toilet and dare your child to turn them green) to home improvement (let your kids make a game out of tearing off old wallpaper) to finding the perfect baby sitter (only hire sitters who have majored in nursing and child psychology, and minored in physical education and art ... and expect to pay them more than you earn).

Beecham and Hillgartner’s stories help parents delight in their responsibilities through laughter and reflection. Perhaps you no longer pamper yourself or share candlelight dinners with your spouse, but you love the cute things your kids say and seeing them snuggled up comfortably after they’re tucked in for the night.

I’m Counting to 10 . . . celebrates the messy art of parenting, helping adults who fear losing their mind, their dignity, and their hearing because of their kids. Beecham and Hillgartner uncover the universal truth that there is no right way to parent, and parenting experts don’t need a Ph.D. Their only necessary titles are "Mom" and "Dad". Consider I’m Counting to 10 . . . the textbook, the owner’s manual, for parents struggling to navigate the perils and appreciate the pleasures of raising children -- and that, of course, includes all of us. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Soul restoring reading for any stressed out parent
In I'm Counting To 10...: Hope And Humor For Frazzled Parents, Jahnna Beecham and Malcolm Hillgartner effectively collaborate to present forty-five stories chronicling a year in the life of a slightly eccentric couple and their two children. Told in the voice of Jahnna, the mom, the stories ring as true as they are laced throughout with recognizable humor. I'm Counting To 10... is very highly recommended reading and soul restoring reading for any stressed out parent who has ever had their kid erupt with embarrassing behavior in church, at a restaurant, on a plane, in front of grandparents, friends, or strangers passing by. ... Read more

190. Life In The Fast-Food Lane (An Adam Collection)
by Brian Basset
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Catlog: Book (1991-01-01)
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
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191. Who Put The Cat In The Fridge: Serving Up Hope And Hilarity Family Style
by Rhonda Rhea
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Catlog: Book (2005-03-01)
Publisher: Life Journey
Sales Rank: 1135884
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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For all those who are rolling their eyes over the mega-challenges of family life, or for those who would just like a good, endorphin-inducing chuckle connected to a spiritual charge, this book will provide just that. Each chapter begins with a humorous situation then pulls the reader to a truth about one of the eight section topics:

Relying on Christ in the Adventure of ParenthoodDealing with the Busyness of LifeDepending on the Lord of the Rings (marriage related)Disciplining and InstructingLearning to Let GoBuilding FaithServing and Teaching the Family to ServeLoving Wholeheartedly ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Sense of humor to the max!
Loved it! Rhonda Rhea definitely knows how to "serve up hope and hilarity in family style" as the second title says. Rhonda has a wonderful way with words and gives hope while poking us in the funny bone. You may be laughing but you won't miss the message that families need.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Wonderfully Wacky World of Rhonda Rhea
Who Put the Cat in the Fridge? is not a hair-raising "who dunnit?" but a hilarious how-to-do-it---how to be serious about living life on the light side, living life with a sense of playfulness and humor. This doesn't mean that Rhonda is remiss in tackling the hard issues in life, like divorce, for instance. But she serves up generous doses of humor as a way to help readers bear the tough times with God's abiding joy and resilient hope. Chapter by cheerful chapter, and always undergirded with Scriptural insights, Rhea gives her zaney take on everything from marriage to raising five children to personal and home organization to what to do if you find a cat in your fridge. But if you want me to let the cat out of the bag and tell you who put the cat in the fridge, then you'll just have to read this wonderfully wacky book yourself. I wouldn't dream of depriving you of the pleasure!
-Lynn D. Morrissey, author of Love Letters to God and AWSA/CLASS speaker
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192. 500 Great Things About Being A Dad
by Steve Delsohn
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Catlog: Book (2001-05-03)
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193. I'm the Other Man in My Own Marriage : A Frustrating and Funny Look at Family Living
by Howard Noel
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Asin: 059515459X
Catlog: Book (2000-12-01)
Publisher: Writers Club Press
Sales Rank: 1291732
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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This is a hilarious look at daily living. Syndicated columnist and humorist Howard Noel has captured the essence of our lives in a wildly entertaining and useful book. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Grass is never greener on the other side of the fence
A truly insightful book the captures the trails and tribulations of everyday family life. Howard Noel lets us laugh at ourselves as we relive the most precious and humerous moments that everyone experiances while raising a family. I found myself laughing at loud saying, "Been there done that". Ihighly recommend this book knowing that you'll enjoy it as much as I did. Well done!...

5-0 out of 5 stars From Giggles to Chuckles; A Look at Family Life
The book is captivating!! My reactions ranged from mild giggles to major belly laughs. Noel takes a fresh and refreshing look at family life. His perspectives are insightful, original, and always upbeat.Time after time I experience situations in my family that elicit emotional responses:I find myself choosing between cursing and chuckling. Noel's book captures those situations in a humorous light and brings the chuckles to the forefront. ... Read more

194. Just Humor Me: The Hilarious Side of Family Life
by Howard Noel
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Catlog: Book (2003-08)
Publisher: iUniverse
Sales Rank: 1300535
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If you have ever lived with Uncle Merle, you are probably laughing out loud, right now. If you havenÂ’t lived with him, thatÂ’s too bad. Howard Noel, the author of Just Humor Me brought to these pages a hilarious look at the funny side of family life. And at his side is Uncle Merle.

Uncle Merle is wise. He is “steely strong” and opinionated. He is experienced and stubborn. He listens to everyone. He just doesn’t pay attention. He understands the world around him, and is quick to let you know it. Uncle Merle can make sense of the most complex issues and problems. He will reduce his intellectual competitor to tears of frustration, and his audience to tears of laughter. For after it all…Uncle Merle is a hilarious representation of the conventional wisdom of this day.

Just Humor Me is a collection of the best of the syndicated column The Front Porch. It is from that porch that family, neighborhood and community problems are discussed and solved every week.

This collection of lively essays gives us an intimate look into the world of the author, his family, his neighbors, and of course, the venerable Uncle Merle.

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195. Beer Is Not A Food Group: Motherly Meals On Meager Means
by Lori Powell Gordon
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Catlog: Book (2004-03)
Publisher: Adventure Publications
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196. At Home With Daddy's Stories
by Kathryn Tucker Windham
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Catlog: Book (2002-09-01)
Publisher: August House Publishers
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197. Thundering Sneakers (Southwestern Writers Collection Series)
by Prudence MacKintosh
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Asin: 0292752695
Catlog: Book (2002-11-01)
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Sales Rank: 357138
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Thundering Sneakers begins the story of the Mackintosh boys. In these essays, Prudence Mackintosh describes the delights and terrors of living with little boys who are determined to be boys, despite the carefully nonsexist childrearing practices of the 1970s. With telling vignettes of boyish disasters that drive her to despair, as well as the rare quiet moments of hugs and confidences that make it all worthwhile, she perfectly captures the early years when a young mother still looks for "the real mother" to come and bail her out. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Thundering Sneakers
Prudence Mcintosh is just about my favorite author of all time and this book is the best. She is a real role model for young moms.You will love this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars The consummate book on "mothering boys" by one of the best
In Thundering Sneakers, Prudence Mackintosh has anecdotally shared her life as the mother of 3 boys in a Texas town with humor and frankness. Mothers of boys anywhere will recognize her stories and grandmothers who have raised their sons will laugh as they remember those moments when they longed for a little girl to dress up. In the days of career women, Mackintosh has made her career writing about what it's like to be a stay-at-home mom, and life with her three boys and her lawyer husband will bring laughter to your heart and tears to your eyes. This is a must read for any woman whose life is made richer, and rowdier, by sons. {Retreads is the sequel -- and just as good! ... Read more

198. Help! There's a Tigress in the House: When a Husband Retires and Other Diversions
by Helen Glissmeyer
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Asin: 1888106581
Catlog: Book (2003-01-02)
Publisher: Agreka Books
Sales Rank: 1096404
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When the retirement gun sounded, my husband barked his last order and left his executive desk silhouetted in the sunset.He stalked into my home territory, there to stay, to rule my domain. In a flash, I turned into a fierce Tigress, defending my lair. A collection of light-hearted vignettes for retirees by an award-winning writer.Helen Glissmeyer is a freelance journalist who has published a few hundred articles in local and national newspapers and magazines. After receiving numerous awards for her writing over the years, she was named Writer of the Year by the League of Utah Writers in 2002. She resides in Holladay, Utah, with her retired husband, and has two sons, two daughters and 13 grandchildren. I've read that a tigress will protect her own territory with all her striped might. She will not let another animal trespass her lair without a fight. And if provoked, the cat will bellow a roar that can be heard for two miles.

Such a tigress once lived at my house. When her territory was invaded, she fought for her rights, and she roared a terrible roar.

I was that tigress. I turned into a defensive, unpleasant beast when my husband retired.

Before that event, I had been the epitome of a happy homemaker. I had overcome the depression of seeing all my little birdies fly from the nest, and at last enjoyed the freedom of quiet solitude. I reveled in sleep-late mornings, low-cal lunches and hobby-laden afternoons. I was an idol of independence and a queen of my palace.

In the meantime, high on the 18th floor of a downtown tower, my husband ruled his own white-collar kingdom. He cracked the whip over a herd of accountants and secretaries.

Each morning my husband awoke ready to take command of his office empire. At the same time, he let me blindly believe I was in control of my home space. ... Read more

199. The Syrup Void: Humorous and Thought-Provoking Commentary, Ideas and Observations about the Life of a Man and His Mop, Riding the Roll
by Rob Nance
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Asin: 1413712967
Catlog: Book (2004-04)
Publisher: PublishAmerica
Sales Rank: 1208607
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Life's Little Odd Spots
A witty look at living that will make you chuckle, laugh out loud, tear up and say "yes, that's true". It is obvious the author has an exceptional relationship with his wife and children and what a pleasure getting to know them through this short little book. It ended too soon for me.

5-0 out of 5 stars PLEASE DONT BUY THIS BOOK!
I have known this author for over 30 years, and if I am sure of one thing it is Mr. Nance's prolific nature.
He has warehouses full of his wanderings.
He has been saving them for a time such as know.

People, if we encourage him, there will be more stories of how someone who could be called the oddest man from BSU has grown to have the sweetest family I've had the pleasure to meet.

If you want to read someone who has the ability to make you cry over a story about General Foods International Coffee someday--go ahead. Read and enjoy the wanderings of a certified AquaMan disciple.
Remember, you have been warned.

Now Rob, you owe me $5.00

5-0 out of 5 stars Laughed out loud, then said "how true"
This is one of those rare books that made me laugh out loud. I would then think,"I never thought of it that way, but how true". Besides being lots of fun, the book makes you realize that you should appreciate all the small things in life. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to feel better about life. The world is always better when we can laugh! ... Read more

200. The Button Box
by Barbara McBride-Smith
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Asin: 0874837626
Catlog: Book (2005-04-30)
Publisher: August House Publishers
Sales Rank: 1188304
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