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141. Where the Dust Never Settles: Mostly Truthful Tales of Hectic Family Life
by Tim Herrera
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Where The Dust Never Settles is a warm, witty and funny look at the craziness of family that will help parents appreciate the hectic home life of a busy household.

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142. The CEO of the Sofa
by P. J. O'Rourke
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Catlog: Book (2001-09-02)
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New York Times best-selling author P. J. O'Rourke has toured the fighting in Bosnia, visited the West Bank disguised as P.J. of Arabia, lobbed one-liners on the battlefields of the Gulf War, and traded quips with Communist rebels in the jungles of the Philippines. Now, in The CEO of the Sofa, he embarks on a mission to the most frightening place of all -- his own home. Ensconced on the domestic boardroom's throne (although not supposed to put his feet on its cushions), he faces a three-year-old who wants a cell phone, a free-lance career devoted to writing articles like "Chewing-Mouth Dogs Bring Hope to People with Eating Disorders," and neighbors who smell like Democrats ("That is, using smell as a transitive verb. When I light a cigar they wave their hands in front of their faces and pretend to cough"). Undaunted -- with the help of martinis -- by middle age, P.J. holds forth on everything from getting toddlers to sleep ("Advice to parents whose kids love the story of the dinosaurs: Don't give away the surprise ending") to why Hillary Clinton's election victory was a good thing ("We Republicans were almost out of people to hate in the Senate. Teddy Kennedy is just too old and fat to pick on"). And P.J. leaps (well, groans and pushes himself up) from the couch to pursue assignments such as a high-speed drive across the ugliest part of India at the hottest time of the year, a blind (drunk) wine tasting with Christopher Buckley, and a sojourn at the U.N. Millennial Summit, where he runs the risk of perishing from boredom and puts readers in peril of laughing themselves to death. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars PJ O'Rourke's latest
As any conservative or Libertarian can tell you, we needed a sense of humor to survive the last few years of the Clinton Administration and luckily, a few brave humorists like PJ O'Rourke were there to provide it. O'Rourke's latest book, the CEO of the Sofa, is a collection essays covering the end of 2000 and the first few months of 2001. O'Rourke presents them in a slightly new format that will probably catch his fans off guard. In an hommage to Oliver Wendell Holmes' The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table, O'Rourke's essays are worked into a fictional narrative that details the opinions and reactions of O'Rourke's skeptical wife, his children, his generation Xish (or is that Yish) assistant, the Democrats next door, the Political Nut who Lives Around Here, and others. Through these asides, O'Rourke paints himself as a somewhat befuddled, middle-aged ex-Hippie trying to make his way through a world that's started to move past him. Personally, I enjoyed these experiments though I know that several other O'Rourke regulars did not. It's a matter of taste, really. It does somewhat lessen the sting of some of O'Rourke's barbs to then read about his inability to use the internet and I don't think it would be wise for him to continue this format as I really don't see what else he can do with it. Still, as a one-time experiment, it makes for an interesting read and it doesn't change the fact that his critique of modern American politics and politicians remains as hilarious and sharp as ever. Highlights include his analysis of the United Nations, his recap of the impeachment trial, fairy tales rewritten for Democrats, and his examination of whether or not Hillary Clinton is actually secretly very stupid. Other highlights include a wine tasting excursion with Christopher Buckley and an essay on celebrities O'Rourke has never heard of. As always, O'Rourke's barbs will warm the heart of anyone who could bring themselves to believe that Bill Clinton was actually the leader of the Free World. As others have stated, the book's experimental nature probably makes it prohibitive to people who are new to O'Rourke's style of writing and humor but if you're a fan of PJ O'Rourke's, you'll find much to enjoy in this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars O'Rourke Gets Better With Age
I resisted this title for months, thinking I'd have no interest in a parenting tome, but don't repeat my mistake by judging this book by its cover!

I've been a PJ fan since his NatLamp days in the 70s. Even when my politics were much different from his, I've always appreciated his brilliant wit.

This book is actually a collection of some of PJs recent magazine articles (none of which I had previously seen) and some unpublished bits, glued together with a faux-family-and-hired-help-narrative thread, which actually works quite well.

Here we get hilarious advice on how to choose vehicles for minimum winter utility, wry glimpses of the bureaucratic chaos at the UN, raw bludgeoning of Bill Clinton, and a surprising amount of digs at PJ's own conservative compatriots.

PJ, maybe the top satirist of our age, draws much humor from his own love of drink, and it continues to amaze and amuse, as in his Blind [Drunk] Wine Tasting chapter.

As with most of PJ's work, there's a gut-buster on nearly every page. Leave your prejudices behind, and embrace his for a few hours, and your sides will ache, guaranteed!

4-0 out of 5 stars O'Rourke mocks at - just about everything
In this book O'Rourke is his usual savagely funny self as he gives his views on politics, welfare, medicare, republicans, democrats, the Clintons, Monica Lewinsky and life in general. He is particulalry funny when demolishing Hillary Clinton's book 'It Takes a Village' and another bizarre book, apparently a handbook of politically correct language (this book sounded so totally weird, I wasn't sure that he didn't invent it as a joke). His piece about India is particlarly good, nobody else writes about foreign parts as well as O'Rourke. Occasionaly I found myself getting irritated, as when he gets all Michael Moore-ish about women, going on about how intelligent, efficient, competent, and generally more adult and better than men they are. I hate this. Not being at all efficient, competent and adult myself, I find myself deeply loathing Mrs O'Rourke and all thoise other smartallick women who are so different from me. He's at it again later in the book when he's on about women being wonderful with children etc. Crikey, all these female paragons he seems to know make me tired. And it startles me a bit to find that he doesn't believe that Elian's father had any right to have his son returned to him, as a father himself I would have expected him to be more sympathetic to father's rights. However, in general this is a very funny book (his comparisons between Venice, Italy, and Venice, Las Vegas, had me in stitches, likewise his experiments with wine-tasting).His most profound comment in the book is "the difference between having one child and having two, is like the difference between keeping a dog and running a zoo" That is SO true. And his wife is probably not as tiresome in real life as she seems to be in this book. Very funny.

1-0 out of 5 stars A big boring read!
An friend recommended I read anything by P.J. O'Rourke, so I purchased CEO of the Sofa, since it sounded like a fun title.

Boy was I wrong!

This guy O'Rourke is just plain boring, whiny, and unfunny! Save your money and rent Caddy Shack instead.

4-0 out of 5 stars Right-wing satire of the highest order
"The CEO of the Sofa" is structured into 12 monthly instalments - sort of stream of (un)consciousness essays - from the world according to P J O'Rourke. You may have come across O'Rourke before......he's a one-off, the world's only funny Republican ! And this book is, often if not consistently, very funny.

We get his trademark satire and cynicism on a huge range of topics. And if it is true that much humour is about probing for and exploiting frailty, O'Rourke is a comic master. He claims "I just make fun of things". This is an uncharacteristic understatement - he is pathologically unsympathetic, and relentless in his pursuit of what he perceives to be weakness or pretence.

And that includes a lot. As he confesses, "everything is bugging me, I'm at that stage of life" and, he should add, apparently rather enjoying it too ! India, religion, talentless 15-minute-of-famers, wine-tasting, for example, all come under his scornful gaze. Neither is he averse to turning the sights on himself. Indeed, he is unapologetically lazy, witness a driving lesson for his godson in the depth of winter, which consists merely of a catalogue of excuses to stay in - that's the real key to good bad-weather driving !

But it's when he enters the realm of politics that O'Rourke starts to really let rip. Often, this is through his alter ego, The Political Nut, who, coincidentally, calls round the moment Democrats (or alcohol) appear on the scene. Although he is "a Cro-Magnon republican of long standing", in truth his party is that of the extreme libertarians. He is against intereference in any shape or form, reserving his most savage blows for the UN and Democrats - Hillary Clinton, especially, would clearly get a 'warm welcome' at the O'Rourke household.

He abhors also both the bleeding hearts and those people who put themselves in positions where hearts bleed for them. How selfish these people are, being so feeble as to cause the government to levy taxes from the likes of him to support their weakness ! Some of his most hilarious moments are reserved for what he would consider to be forced correctness in any form. Ever heard of the Task Force of Bias-Free Language for the Association of American University Presses ? Imagine how they get both barrels !

In the end, he refuses to be tied down by any recognised -isms which impinge on his freedom. In fact, he doesn't believe in the political world at all - I guess Republicanism is just the closest he can find to a non-political party. "The Founding Fathers, in their wisdom, devised a method by which our republic can take 100 of its most prominent numbskulls and keep them out of the private sector where they might do actual harm". He does have some basic tenets - "there is no human liberty without property own you, your efforts, what you do" - but, beyond that, everything is fuel for his indignation.

Despite having little sympathy with his espoused values, I still found the book an extremely entertaining and provocative commentary of the early 21st century (US-centric) world. Despite the constant onslaught, there is a strong sense of tongue-in-cheek and self-deprecation which makes O'Rourke very appealing rather than very arrogant. For example, despite all the bluster, he is completely in awe of his wife and small children, accepting that they are the ones who really get things done - he's just the guy watching TV and scribbling notes in the corner.

All in all, highly recommended. Incidentally, the 12 month period covered by "The CEO of the Sofa" runs to August 2001 - I wonder what chapter 13 might have looked like ? Now read "Stupid White Men" for the alternative worldview...... ... Read more

143. You Just Don't Duct Tape a Baby : True Tales and Sensible Suggestions from aVeteran Pediatrician
by Alison Pohn, Norman Weinberger
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Catlog: Book (1999-03-01)
Publisher: Warner Books
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Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Oddly enough, it's a page turner
I read this book with great anticipation as I had just enlisted Dr. Weinberger to be my first child's pediatrician. It's not another "How to Change a Diaper" book, but really his observations as he went about setting up what is now a very busy practice and raising his own kids. It addresses larger philosophical points through real life stories without espousing a rigorous child rearing regimen. It's a a light, easy read (I read it in pieces on the train while commuting to and from NYC) and I found it to be both humorous and enjoyable, as I have my subsequent relationship with Dr. Weinberger and my two children.

5-0 out of 5 stars I have never laughed so hard
This is a very funny, insightful book. I recommend it to anyone even thinking about having kids.

4-0 out of 5 stars Delightful reading
Though I had a hard time getting through the first couple chapters, once I got into this book--it was excellent. Dr. Weinberger's advice is so gently couched in delightful anecdotes that you hardly even realize your reading advice until you find yourself saying, "ah, good idea." Had he given the advise directly, rather than in an illustration, it wouldn't have hit home the same way. Its not a textbook, but is for the parent who has a grasp on the basics and is looking for something a little deeper, and something inspiring.

4-0 out of 5 stars a delightful & inspiring accessory for parenting bookshelves
A great book to read for humorous & enlightening case stories regarding parenting & children. Bottom line: reminds parents to widen their scope of vision when problem-solving and to understand there are different ways for them to approach problems. As with all advice books, there is a good selection of tips (derived on your own from reading the stories) from which parents can choose what works for them. Format provides for easy reading and several chuckles.

1-0 out of 5 stars Ego-driven tale of tedious stories, no practical value
This book was beyond worthless. Advertised as a compendium of useful tips for caring for a baby, I was instead transported into a whirlwind tale of hyper-accomplishment and self-praise. Nowhere are there any useful indices organized around such "trivial" areas such as health issues, doctor visits, age-appropriate behavior, safety tips, and others. An index? heavens, no, that would make the book too useful and take away from Weinberger's god-complex, which drips from these pages all too readily. One simply must trudge through the whole tedius tome, putting up with inane stories for pages and pages, only to find scattered odd bits of useful information laced in between.

So spare yourself the $25.00, and use it to buy a useful book (like "Caring for Your Baby and Young Child" by the American Academy of Pediatrics) that will provide the information you need. If you had the unfortunate luck of receiving this book as a gift, consider instead using it as tinder for the family fireplace, where it will create more genuine warmth than contained within the book's pages. ... Read more

144. "My Teenage Son's Goal In Life Is To Make Me Feel 3,500 Years Old" and Other Thoughts On Parenting From Dave Barry
by Dave Barry
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Asin: 0740715267
Catlog: Book (2001-03-15)
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Sales Rank: 530228
Average Customer Review: 2 out of 5 stars
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Dave Barry isn't just funny.His hilarious syndicated newspaper column and numerous best-selling books have sparked the kid of adulation that's often reserved for rock stars or world leaders.His wit cuts right to the core of life's absurdities.In "My Teenage Son's Goal In Life Is To Make Me Feel 3,500 Years Old" and Other Thoughts On Parenting From Dave Barry, Dave shares his hopes, fears, and insights about his own stint as a father. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Dave Barry is getting lazy
Unlike his first dozen or so books, this offering is so meager as to be insulting to his fans. I loved the guy from the first newspaper column I stumbled across. Now I think he should quit being so lazy, or quit writing.

3-0 out of 5 stars My Teenage Son's Goal In Life Is..." the review.
In this book, author Steve Barry talks about raising his son and other parenting. There are some very funny segements in this book, however it is repetitive and they are Extremly short lines. The way the book is, it stands at about four inches and has a very short paragraph on each page. So, really, you are getting over a hundred Short onl-liners. The entire book could be read by everyone, he does not curse in this book. If a slow reader, you could read it in under 30 minutes, but it will not really seem time consuming being that it {the book itself} is quite humorus. Not the best I have read, but for a little pick-me-up in the morning, it sure did the job for me.

Have a good one.


1-0 out of 5 stars not what I expected
I have several of Mr. Barry's books, and this one is a huge disappointment. Instead of consisting of columns he has published in newspapers, this book simply contains one to four sentences per page! What a rip off.

3-0 out of 5 stars Some Mildly Amusing Complaints about the Generation Gap
Every generation complains about the next generation. In this book, syndicated humorist Dave Barry levels his pen at his son, Rob, during the time from when Rob was 11 through senior year in high school. "Parenthood is not unlike the Space Mountain ride at Disney World . . . ." It has its ups and downs and its unexpected moments. The book continues in that vein.

The gags are highly concentrated into Rob's difficulties with getting out of bed in the morning, loud music (that's the title reference), driving, vacations, ski trips, projects, science fair preparations, help with school work, becoming interested in girls, toys, video games, television, sneakers, clothes, and expenses. Rather than being grouped in some logical order, they just sort of show up randomly. To me, much of the humor depends on being Dave Barry, being there, or seeing an image of the situation. Cartoons would have helped. As it was, I found the book light, but never really did start to laugh.

Rob comes across as a normal, healthy young man making fine progress in growing up. Most would take delight in having such a son.

I think the humor would have been improved if it had been aimed more powerfully at Mr. Barry. He does point out his own limitations (with school work, in skiing down slopes, and in keeping up with the newest trends), but the put-downs are mostly aimed at Rob. As such, I often found them to sound like whining rather than humor. For example, the reason that adults have sexual relations not very often is because children discover they need help with projects after 11:00 at night. Okay, that may have happened once in a while . . . but I think that the point would have been funnier if it focused on the way that some teachers now assign homework projects that can only be done by having the student and two parents work for hours. There are often funny things that happen in those projects that could have provided humor.

The other direction Mr. Barry could have gone in would have required Rodney Dangerfield style one-liners. Mr. Barry's style lends itself to that approach, but his writing isn't quite terse enough to pull it off.

If you are frustrated with your son, this book can do you some good by helping you realize that what's going on is normal. If you are looking for a good humor book, I'd look elsewhere.

In the meantime, you can have a few laughs if you think about how your father would have described you when you were a teenager (using humorous concepts). That perspective may help you be more understanding with your teenager.

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145. Surviving Suburbia: The Best of the Guy Chronicles
by Chris Erskine
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Catlog: Book (2003-05)
Publisher: Los Angeles Times Books
Sales Rank: 610181
Average Customer Review: 1 out of 5 stars
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1-0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your time
What made the LA Times want to publish this guys columns. First of all, this book get a B for B-O-R-I-N-G.
It will put you to sleep. This Erskine guy is best left to his 10 or so inches that he gets in the Times. He's out of touch with contemporary culture. ... Read more

146. Family Man
by Calvin Trillin
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Catlog: Book (1999-06-30)
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Average Customer Review: 3.57 out of 5 stars
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Calvin Trillin begins his wise and charming ruminations on family by stating the sum total of his child-rearing advice: "Try to get one that doesn't spit up. Otherwise, you're on your own." Suspicious of any child-rearing theories beyond "Your children are either the center of your life or they're not," Trillin has clearly reveled in the role of family man. Acknowledging the special perils to the privacy of people living with a writer who occasionally remarks, "I hope you're not under the impression that what you just said was off the record," Trillin deals with the subject of family in a way that is loving, honest, and wildly funny.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Aptly Titled Book charms.
Calvin Trillin has always been one of my favorite observational humorists. His short commentaries have graced many a newspaper and brightened up many a day. This book, FAMILY MAN, is unique in that it has a cohesive theme, his family life. And although it is not chronological or compounding, the stories support each other and create a family environment. This is a wonderful book but it does not have the brief 2 or 3 page chapters that make it quick bathroom reading.

4-0 out of 5 stars Poignant and relevant to a mom with two NY teenagers
This a light and wonderful read - especially if you have experienced any significant part of the world about which Trillin writes - be it the mysteries, nuances, surprises and joys of being a connected parent - or the delightful pleasures of real New York City neighborhood living - and, even if you have missed those things, Trillin wings you lightly along on his entertaining personal flight - great literature, no - highly enjoyable, yes.

4-0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable humor; relaxing entertainmnet
I really enjoyed this book at lot. Lots of amusing stories about family life, New York life, ex-Midwestern life.

Living 60 miles from Trillum's Kansas City home town related to some of his Midwest episodes. The "Chigger" secton was very funny, even though I was scratching my own bites while reading.

I especially liked the stories about the Halloween parades, and taking the kid to the local community musical productions.

Lots of funny lines; I kept reading aloud from it to my wife -- she ended up reading the book to.

2-0 out of 5 stars Family Man was like a 180 page Christmas letter
A letdown. I've enjoyed Calvin Trillin's writing over the years and looked forward to reading his latest book. Unfortunately, Family Man reminded me of one of those multi-page Christmas letters that we receive, with a cringe, from our better relatives. This series of anecdotes comes across as one long euphemism for family life. The writing is unrevealing and self-amused, containing the kind of witty, but shallow, stories you might expect to hear at a light social gathering. His wife, Alice, comes across as a dour, controlling presence; his children are anonymous to the point of being interchangeable. I have a tremendous respect for Trillin as a writer, but this book seemed empty, as if Trillin were unable or unwilling to really share meaningful revelations about his family life.

4-0 out of 5 stars Familiar Material, But Still Among The Best Writers Around
I have long thought that Calvin Trillin was one of the best, and most verstile, writers around. Here, he is in the gentle but comic territory of Travels With Alice. Some of us wish that he would take on weightier stuff, as he did early on in An Education In Georgia and more recently in Remembering Denny. Nevertheless, a very good read, particularly for those of us with kids. ... Read more

147. Finnie Walsh
by Steven Galloway
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Catlog: Book (2001-02-01)
Publisher: Laurel Glen
Sales Rank: 364336
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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2001 in Canada First Novel Award Shortlist: As a hockey player, young Paul Woodward is a few steps behind his best pal, Finnie Walsh. Both boys, however, have hockey coursing through their veins. Finnie, the son of the local mill owner, and Paul, the son of a mill worker, forge a fast friendship through endless hours of shooting, stickhandling, and passing. It is hockey that holds them together as they grow into young men. Along the way, they must deal with Paul's eccentric father, his withdrawn sister, and the uncomfortable disparity in their socioeconomic status. As a sports novel, Steven Galloway's first effort leaves a bit to be desired, since it doesn't capture the frantic intensity of the game. As a tale of friendship, however, Finnie Walsh is sweetly endearing and filled with charming quirks and unexpected twists. --S. Duda ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A good canadian book! Finally!
Finnie Walsh. A book not only fun, but informative as well. This book, written by Steven Galloway is an awesome, book. Unlike the usual canadian books, it just great... If you like Hockey you'll love this book. If you don't like hockey you'll love this book. The book has relationships, between family, friends, and beaus. A wonderful, outstanding read.

5-0 out of 5 stars Finnie Walsh is Amazing!
Finnie Walsh in my opinion was an eye opening experience it is by far the best book I have ever read and everything about it made me feel more interested. There is not a single bad thing I could say about it! The characters alone made the book, how you understood how they felt at diferent times, how they were perfectly described! This book made me laugh, cry and made me feel emotions that have never occured before in my mind! I couldn't put it down and I will continue to read it over and over again because everytime I am sure that I will recieve more and more happiness sadness and information from the text! I am getting it for everyone for Christmas and I hope that everyone will enjoy this story as much as I did!

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Story!
I picked up this book mainly because of my job working with high school teachers and students and ended up reading parts of it out loud to my own kids during a car trip. My 12 year old son was hooked, he read the book, then I finished it. It was amazing to have that 'secret book conversation' with my son. I/we both loved the book.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Spanky Read!
Are you looking for a spanky good read? Look no further than this sly little Canadian book about a couple of kids living in the middle of the province of British Columbia who play hockey. This book is a swift, delicious thing that has a devilish way of not letting you free of it. You'll want to read it until you arrive at the last page--it is, in the classical sense of the hyphenated word, a "page-turner". I loved it. It was touching, heartfelt, and uncommon. A novel with an elegant plot, developed synchronously with its characters' motivations. Galloway is a secret talent ready to explode on the scene.

5-0 out of 5 stars Finally, a good read from Canada!
I read this novel in two days, I couldn't put it down. A week later I went out and bought ten copies as Christmas gifts! The reports back after Christmas were all the same -- people were reading it in one or two sittings! Wives passed it on to their husbands and the husbands loved it, too! Book groups started ordering it. People fell in love with the characters. One friend said she had forgotten how much fun it could be to read a novel -- she'd been reading so much heavy, dark stuff. Don't be put off by the hockey content -- this really is a book for everyone. Galloway handles plot and characters with skill and precision, creates a vivid and engaging world and characters that are funny and quirky and live in your mind, even after you close the book. If I had to compare Galloway to another writer, I'd say he's the Canadian John Irving. ... Read more

148. My Life As a Bystander: For Better or Worse And Everything in Between
by Jeff Allen, Martha Bolton
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Asin: 0805431667
Catlog: Book (2005-05-01)
Publisher: Broadman & Holman Publishers
Sales Rank: 848840
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Jeff Allen says, "Some days all we want to do is butter our waffle. But life doesn’t always cooperate." My Life as a Bystander is about these kind of days. Jeff also adds, "It’s also about trying to decode the secret code of women. It’s about grandparents who buy your three-year-old a BB gun. And it’s about arguments over cheese." Sound familiar?

As one who has been married for over two decades and has raised sons, Jeff feels he has something to say on the subject. As a comedian, it’s usually something funny. And it is always interesting, maybe even a little profound. ... Read more

149. Growing Old Disgracefully : How to Upset and Perplex Your Children with Erratic and Unreasonable Behavior
by Rohan Candappa
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Where's the fun in growing old gracefully? Humorist Rohan Candappa believes it's "far better to put your name down for a course of bad behavior, irresponsibility, and questionable fashion choices. And anything that winds your kids up must be worth having a crack at."Embarrassing and exasperating your kids doesn't have to stop when they become adults and move out of the house. Rohan points out that "If life begins at forty, then a sixty-year-old is not yet twenty-one. And think how much mayhem still lay ahead of you at that age. Act accordingly."Growing Old Disgracefully offers hundreds of pointers for making your sunset years seem like the dawn of your existence. Here are just a few:* Advice on dressing well: Lycra is always a good bet. Fluorescent Lycra, ideally.* Looking younger: Forget dieting, exercise, and plastic surgery. Instead, tell people you're fifteen years older than you are.* Confusing young 'uns: On a crowded bus or train, offer your seat to someone obviously much younger than you.* The best anti-aging cream: Ice cream! What other food makes you feel like you're eight years old again?* Making grandchildren your allies: Buy them presents that their parents have (sensibly) refused to buy them.Growing Old Disgracefully serves up plenty of irreverent fun for everyone (except your children). ... Read more

150. Life al Dente: Laughter and Love in an Italian-American Family
by Gina Cascone
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Asin: 074345328X
Catlog: Book (2003-07-22)
Publisher: Atria
Sales Rank: 58946
Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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Gina Cascone's Life al Dente: Laughter and Love in an Italian-American Family is an enjoyable, emotional roller coaster of a memoir. With the kind of sensitivity you get only from someone who's lived the experiences, Cascone's story is laugh-out-loud funny, heart-wrenchingly sad, and everything in between. The first-born in a tightly knit Italian Catholic family cursed with only girls, Cascone (the author of Pagan Babies) shares sweet memories of hilarious hiccups she experienced growing up, first in an overcrowded semi-detached house in a heavily Italian enclave in New Jersey, and then as the only ethnic variation in the suburbia of the "American Dream." You don't have to have been the only anything growing up to relate--as Cascone wisely acknowledges, we've all felt that way. Teenage angst is universal, as are the growing pains we experience from birth to death. So what sets Cascone's story apart is her intelligent sense of humor and the passionate love she feels for her family. She recognizes their quirks, and treasures every one of them. And just like in life, it's easier to laugh at just about anything in retrospect. An easy read that's impossible to put down, Life al Dente is the kind of memoir that makes us all wish we were taking notes growing up. --Leora Y. Bloom ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Remembering Home
Don't think you need to be a member of the family to enjoy this warm, loving and quite funny look at childhood. You can feel the warmth this author has for her zany family in every nook and cranny.The feelings are universal; love, loss, despair at your parent's behavior and the laughter that only family can share. Curl up with this book and remember what it was like to be a child.

5-0 out of 5 stars Love and laughter, Italian style
Ah, to have the relatives, the wit, and the warm memories of a flawed but sincerely loving, close-knit Italian family such as Gina Cascone's. But even with the same material, few could render the experience of growing up Italian and female in suburbia as well as Cascone has done in this, her 2nd book. The eels! Omigod, the eels for Christmas dinner, first writhing in the bathtub, then writhing around your arm, then writhing on the chopping block, and STILL writhing as, cut into cross-sections, they were tossed into the saute pan! Now, that's a memory few can share. Funny, sad, sentimental, tolerant, it's everything you could want from a short little book. But the overwhelming feeling that comes through is Cascone's love and gratitude for her family.
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5-0 out of 5 stars warm and fuzzy
I really enjoyed this book! As an Iranian, I loved getting a behind the scenes look at an Italian family and was struck by the universality of the experiences. This book, however, should come with a warning--the description of foods leaves the reader hankering for an Italian meal! Thank you Gina, for sharing your family and childhood with the rest of us.

5-0 out of 5 stars You don't have to be Italian to love this
This is a warm and very funny memoir with a serious point -- that the child's take on the American dream may be quite different from the parent's. Part "Sopranos" (without the violence) and part "My Big Fat Italian Wedding (with recipes), it's the story of a spirited Italian girl's journey out of "the neighborhood" and into the heart of WASP culture. Unfortunately, it ends too soon; I hope Ms. Cascone gives us a sequel. ... Read more

151. For the Mother of the Groom
by Mary Martin
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Asin: 1401072577
Catlog: Book (2002-10-01)
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Sales Rank: 321795
Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars For the Mother of the Groom
I loved this book!!!!!! It is fun, thoughtful and real. Easy reading. Anyone who doesn't like it, is taking everything far tooooo seriously. I buy one for every Mother of the Groom. It really is the only thing that is just for her! I saw the author do an interview on WFMZ in Allentown.PA. The interviewer was a bride to be and highly recommended the book as well and said she understood her own soon to be Mother of the Groom because she read the book. My good friend has three duaughters and said that she will be a better Mother of the Bride because she read the book. Thanks for writing it!
Soon to be the Mother of the Groom or as we are called MOG, Camden, NJ

5-0 out of 5 stars A Must-Read for every mother of boys!
It's a funny take on the world of the groom's mother! They don't get to run the show, as they would if they were the bride's mother, but they CAN be FABULOUS! Enjoy the humor!

1-0 out of 5 stars failing to see the humor
I purchased this book awhile back at a bridal show. After i read it, I was immediately sorry that I had spent my money on such an uninformative,poorly written book. It seems that some readers felt the same way I did upon reading this book.I don't agree with the readers who found this book "funny", it isn't written that way, it actually comes across quite maliciously. Nor do I recall needing to "lighten up" about my son's wedding. This book leads the reader to believe that the marriage of your son is a "loss" , and that it is appropriate to feel resentful toward the bride and her family. That simply isn't true. I would advise that the mother of the groom spend her money on something other than this book because the price and the time you'll spend reading this are just not worth it.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Read For The Mother Of The Groom
I'm glad I purchased this book for my mother. She enjoyed the humor and helped her lighten-up and enjoy my brothers wedding

5-0 out of 5 stars A fun book
This book is meant to be tongue in cheek. It is for the Mother of the Groom with a sense of humor. It is for the Mother who raised Husband worthy sons. It is funny, sweet and sad. It was reveiwed on very favorably on WFMZ-TV. Planning weddings should be a happy productive time. But sometimes feeling get hurt, this is a helpful fun guide. ... Read more

152. SWAG: Southern Women Aging Gracefully
by Melinda Rainey Thompson
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Asin: 1588180727
Catlog: Book (2004-04-01)
Publisher: Hill Street Press
Sales Rank: 815621
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Move over Sweet Potato Queens and Ya-Ya's-this book shows how the SWAGs (Southern Women Aging Gracefully) have taken over the front porch. With a large dose of Southern humor, timely wisdom is offered about such topics as things never to say to a new mother ("Did you plan this baby?"), things not to say to workmen ("Just take my credit card"), Thanksgiving ("Remember that JELL-O is not a recognized food group on the FDA's food pyramid"), and rules for burying a SWAG ("Do not use plastic flowers. For anything. Under any circumstances. No matter what"). Translations are provided for SWAG-speak, such as, "She is really unusual" means "She's a nutcase" and "I am going to kill that man" translates to "He may never have sex again." ... Read more

153. Carpool Tunnel Syndrome: Motherhood As Shuttle Diplomacy
by Judy Gruen
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Asin: 1891400312
Catlog: Book (2002-04-01)
Publisher: Champion Press (Mi)
Sales Rank: 434902
Average Customer Review: 4.69 out of 5 stars
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Everyone has heard of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, that painful malady from too much repetitive motion. But how many have heard of its poor cousin, CARPOOL TUNNEL SYNDROME?

The only known cure for parents driven to distraction by all their parenting duties is to read this wonderfully funny new book by Judy Gruen, a mother of four who knows there are no atheists driving over potholes when short passengers are dangling body parts out the rear window.

Carpool Tunnel Syndrome takes a clever look at life with kids: the culinary creativity needed to satisfy "discriminating" palates; the politics of carpool; and the author's attempt to provide her kids with low-maintenance pet fish, only to discover the small aquatic creatures have the average life span of a souffle.

Carpool Tunnel Syndrome may not absolve parents from 3:15 carpool duty, but it will make the drive a lot more fun. Take our advice: read two chapters and call us in the morning. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A light-hearted, poignant look at motherhood
Judy Gruen is a modern Erma Bombeck. She turns everyday family situations into humorous and truth-filled observations. I found myself simultaneously laughing at the absurdity of the scenarios, yet nodding in all too familiar recognition. Carpool Tunnel Syndrome is a well-written, witty book appropriate for parents of all ages.

5-0 out of 5 stars The humorous side of motherhood
When you are a parent you can be sure that there will be many important, serious, life-changing situations as you and your child grow together. On the other hand, if you can laugh at your own foibles, there are even more humorous events that occur on an almost daily basis. Changing your perspective so you can see the humor in everyday life is the forte of author Judy Gruen. In her book "Carpool Tunnel Syndrome" she demonstrates the ability to see humor in life with children and with deftly turns words and phrases on their ear to provide a truly funny look at motherhood. Any mother is sure to immediately recognize the situations she is addressing as she discusses things like "Why your sons play Cain and Abel while your daughters play house", "Travel turbulence", and stretch marks. A book that is hard to put down without picking it up again only minutes later, it is a highly recommended title for any mother looking to have a good laugh at life.

5-0 out of 5 stars Book was so funny!
Being a parent also, I found myself rolling on the floor from laughing so much. A book that's humor is so real in the life of a family. Looking forward to her next book if she does one.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Ride!
Judy Gruen "knows best." Carpool Tunnel Syndrome is filled with wry observations and vignettes about motherhood and family life that run the gamut from humorous to poignant and strike home. Every few minutes I found myself laughing out loud and saying, "Yes!" If you want a great read, go along for the ride.

1-0 out of 5 stars Not funny at all
Basically Mrs. Gruen has written a collection of essays for stay-at-home mothers about the trials and tribulations of being a stay-at-home mom. It shows life in a family where the kids are ill behaved and in charge of the house. The mother in the book (the author herself) seems to hate being at home and being a mom.

The essays aren't long. But they just don't flow well. It's as if she's trying too hard to be funny.

I can't identify with her.

Now I will admit that the last few chapters did start making me smile. I don't know if the author had learned to write by then, I was used to her style, or I realized I was almost done.

(previous posted on epinions) ... Read more

154. Four of a Kind: A Suburban Field Guide : A Treasury of Works by America's Best-Loved Humorist
by Erma Bombeck
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Catlog: Book (1996-10-01)
Publisher: BBS Publishing Corporation
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Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Vintage Erma as her best
There is a reason an entire generation of young mothers now refer to her as "Saint Erma." She made "real life" cool. She taught us to laugh at ourselves while embracing the wonderful ordinariness of everday living and loving. This collection is among the best of the "Erma works" and anyone who is a fan, or soon to be, will enjoy this valuable collection of Bombeck wit.

4-0 out of 5 stars If you love Erma, you'll want to read it all
Younger Erma fans may have missed these older books by our most prolific female humorist, and this is a great way to get them all.

5-0 out of 5 stars Four of A Kind Funny
Ms. Bombeck hits home with her housewife humor. From the legality of family vacations to stepmother's with bad PR, Bombeck keeps her readers laughing through tears and every emotion in between. A great book to include in any true Bombeck fans library. Ms. Bombeck will be dearly missed in her absence. ... Read more

155. How to Cope When You Are Surrounded by Idiots... Or If You Are One
by Wayne Allred
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Asin: 1885027036
Catlog: Book (1994-11-01)
Publisher: Apricot Press
Sales Rank: 164658
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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A course designed to give remedial training to idiots so that they can function in society.Includes test to determine who is an idiot and train-ing on 101 things you should absolutely never do. Also other unique methods of coping with idiots. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars ITS FUNNY!
As the other reviewer said, it is a complete joke, BUT ITS HELLA FUNNY! I am a person who reads nonsense anyway and why would you buy a book titled "How to cope when youre surrounded by idiots or if you are one" if you didnt expect it to be a bunch of bull? Anywho, my point is that this book is extremely funny although it is pointless. I truthfully loved the book. If you have a lot of time on your hands and don't mind reading useless information, then it is the perfect book for ya.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not What You Think
When I first read the description of this book, it sounded interesting to a cynic like myself. I was expecting a witty but generally serious book with a real point, and this wasn't. It was mainly just a joke, and not a very good one at that. ... Read more

156. Harried With Children
by Karen Scalf Linamen
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Catlog: Book (2004-06-01)
Publisher: Spire
Sales Rank: 234684
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157. Old Town Books
by C. L. Bergh
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Catlog: Book (2005-03)
Publisher: Lulu Press
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Who says old folks are boring? Not Kat. She spends every summer with her grandmother at Old Town Books. Grandma's bookstore, located on the ground floor of her grand Victorian, plays host to the town's gossipy residents. Grandma is always ready with her own brand of wit and freely voices her opinion even if it is not always polite. Between Tuesday Bingo Night and Sunday lunch at Luby's Grandma keeps Kat's summers busy and full of excitment. Grandma falls in love with her bookstore rival, someone dies and a conspiracy brews. Watch as Kat and Grandma discover the truth along with all of Old Town. ... Read more

158. You Know You're an Empty Nester When...: A Hilarious Look at Life After Kids
by Dianne, Ph.D. Sundby
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Catlog: Book (2005-02-01)
Publisher: S.P.I. Books
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159. Retirement Is Twice As Much Husband on Half As Much Money
by Sylvy
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Asin: 1932077510
Catlog: Book (2003-11-01)
Publisher: Athena Press Pub
Sales Rank: 126440
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Humor and laughter - the best antidotes for life's troubles - lead to better health and happiness.

Sylvia's book is a fun book with a fun title. The growing younger syndrome is topical, now and forever, through all millenniums, with mass appeal.

Original content, concise, humorous narrative, and hilarious anecdotes. Much pleasure and laughter will leave the reader wanting more. ... Read more

160. Lunch Box Laughs (Growing Kids in God's Light)
by Tony Nappa, Mike Nappa
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Asin: 0784710643
Catlog: Book (2000-01-01)
Publisher: Standard Publishing Company
Sales Rank: 369868
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Lunch Box Stuffer
Love these clean jokes for my sons lunch boxes. The jokes are clean and easy to understand for the kids. My son and his friends always look forward to cold lunch days.... ... Read more

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