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GIVEAWAY & REVIEW: Another Bad Dog Book by Joni B. Cole

 Description

In this collection of twenty-eight "riotously funny and outrageously honest" true-life tales, author Joni B. Cole manage to mingle low moments with high comedy; and social awkwardness with social observation.

The title essay was inspired when the author went to the bookstore and noticed all the bestsellers about adorably naughty dogs. At first resentful of these other writers' successes ("Unfortunately, my own career as an author had not been going so well these past couple years, not since I'd discovered the 'Watch Instantly' option on Netflix"), Cole eventually realized she had her own bad-dog story to exploit--hers in the form of her adorable "Chihuahua Bat," who won't be contained by invisible fencing and won't let anyone pet the family cat in peace. Yet from this huffish beginning evolved a tale as heartwarming as it is hilarious.

Self-aware, edgy, and masterfully crafted, this charismatic collection (including some heartbreakers) is for anyone who has ever felt over-attached to a pet, stalked her high school crush, said long goodbyes to loved ones, or tried to talk (and talk and talk) her way through the ups and downs of life. A wonderful new addition to a genre best described as humor that matters.

About the Author

Joni B.Cole is the recipient of a 2011 Pushcart Prize nomination for material in her collection of personal essays, Another Bad-Dog Book: Tales of Life, Love, and Neurotic Human Behavior. She is also the author of Toxic Feedback: Helping Writers Survive and Thrive ("I can't imagine a better guide to [writing's] rewards and perils than this fine book," American Book Review). Cole is the creator of the three-volume This Day series, including Water Cooler Diaries: Women across America Share Their Day at Work ("both fascinating and eye-opening," Publisher's Weekly). Co-founder of the Writer's Center of White River Junction, Vermont, she is a frequent presenter at writing conferences around the country, and is a contributor to The Writer magazine, ThirdAge.com, and other publications.

Details

  • Paperback: 214 pages
  • Publisher: PublishingWorks (October 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935557165
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935557166
SOURCE:  AUTHOR

MY THOUGHTS
LOVED IT

Joni B. Cole is the person you want to be sitting next to whispering snarky comments and witty observations about the people around you.  In this collect of essays about adopting the perfect dog and coming to grips with the whole aging thing, she discovers that she is not quite perfect and therefore needs a dog that will match her uniqueness - oh, and maybe get a book out of the deal.  She find her match in Eli (aka E Pie Pie), an adorable misfit  of a breed called a Chihuahua Bat.  Cole was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and I have found that the parties responsible for this one, completely understand my wants and needs from a literary award.  I have never been disappointed with any of their selections.




Yes, there are quite a few bad dog tales in this one, but seriously, her spray tan debacle should come with a warning label.  Do not drink while reading this book since it will come out your nose while you laugh.  There are also some very wonderful stories about fitting in, the pain and agony of getting older and the grieving process.  Ok, the grieving process in the essay is about her foot pain, but still, it makes a lot of sense once you are at a certain age.  Overall this is a book to hide in your bathroom, so you can pick it up if you ever need an escape.  If you enjoy Celia Rivenbark, Dave Barry and Jen Lancaster, you will adore this one as well!


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Contest ends on 9.14.11 Winner will be chosen by Random.org on 9.15.11
Winner will have 48 hours to respond to email or a new winner will be chosen.
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52 comments:

  1. I went to the author's blog, but there was no way to follow there.

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  2. +1 for tweeting:

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  3. The premise, title and info about the first essay sound great! It's true, why won't anyone pay me to write about my dog's life? Just how much trouble would she have to get into before it would be worth publication?! Thanks so much!
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  4. @Darlene
    I sent the author a note about the RSS feed. If you are using Firefox, you can subscribe by adding the feed button to your tool bar. I think IE is already set up for that, so you just click on the button and it adds to your GFC reader.

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  5. Hey all, thanks for writing about Mary's post and your interest in Another Bad Dog Book. I didn't know following my blog would be a problem--am working on it now, so please try again in a day or so. I'll be posting a new blog early next week, with lots more to come. Happy reading! And many thanks to Mary for the warm thoughtful bool review(s)!

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  8. I have one good dog and one bad dog and I'd love to read this book!
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  11. We will never run out of bad dog stories. Dogs are always doing something funny.

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  19. I would love to win this book! You know how much I love dogs!

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  23. Daily comment. I so want to win!

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  28. Hey all, for those of you who were trying to follow my blog on my website, guess what? I think you can now. On the right-hand sidebar of all the pages (except the blog page, for some bizarre reason) I've added a "subscribe" button. So I hope you will, well, "subscribe". I'll be posting a new blog entry early next week! And any and all help in spreading the word about the book (the pub date is fast approaching!) will make you my new best friend from now until you decide to dump me as a BFF because, in real life I'm actually quite boring. Cheers!

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  29. @Joni--you'll never be boring with stories like this to tell!

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  30. oh YAY Joni! All of my dog people thank you!

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