Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers....the place you've come to know as a one stop bookishly delicious shop in your online day. Today, we take a step into less familiar territories with a blog tour ready to explore the world of non fiction....as in real life. This particular book is from an author once featured on the site with another of their titles....It Came From the 80s...but this time around, she draws more from life experience than from the silver screen. Ready to read all about it? Courtesy of Virtual Author Book Tours, today's book of choice is....
Laughing Through Life
From the email pitch....
...a book of funny essays and observations that critics have called "Erma-Bombeck-meets-David-Sedaris," with hilarious results. You'll find yourself nodding your head in recognition of many of the situations that a young mother, teacher and business-owner encountered while raising 2 children born 19 years apart (PTA membership from 1973 to 2010!). Connie's adventures while covering the 2004 and 2008 presidential campaigns with press passes also will amuse---especially if you thought "W" was a bonehead. (If you are not a progressive, you might not laugh quite as heartily. Be warned.) Smile. Enjoy! Laugh through life with Ava & Elise Wilson, the author's 2-year-old twin granddaughters, who provide a never-ending supply of funny anecdotes, (just when she thought it was safe to go back in the water.)
Okay, admittedly when I was first approached by the author and then the book tour group on this one, I was intrigued. It looked potentially hilarious....but alas, for me the journey was not to be so chuckle filled, something I may have gleaned from the get go if I had paid more attention to the description (how I missed the glaringly bright signal fires, I'll never know). Why the not-so-glowing experience? Let's just say I'm not a huge fan of politics and about half the book deals with her experiences and feelings regarding those that assist in running our country. I mean, I get it; she isn't a fan of the Bush clan, let it go. Also there was a tendency to over share happening in a few places, particularly the whole story called "The End"....which um, happens around the end of the book but that limited answer is also describing just what the story centers on. You guessed it....its a trip to the proctologist and though routine, I really didn't need to read about what the doctor with the gloved hands proceeded to do. O-O
Now that that is out of my system....no pun intended, it did have some redeeming qualities and moments of mirth worth noting. For instance, the injects thoughts of her granddaughter add a little spark of home to the story because really, there's a reason there is/was a show called "Kids Say the Darnedest Things". Also, I did enjoy the story about her daughter and the cell phone company. Too true and too funny! Let's not forget the mock interview story where a student in class chose a particular restaurant establishment that generally maintains employees wearing low cut shirts, and tiny shorts, as her "test interview". It lead to a most uncomfortable situation for the interviewer to the point that even the interviewee realized things weren't going so well. Definitely smile worthy there.
So you see, in short....it didn't reach laugh-inducing levels of hilarity but there were some good for a smile. It wasn't quite my cup of tea if hard pressed, but to each their own. I'm sure given the proper audience, it will be all over in no time flat. Special thanks to author Connie Wilson for the review copy as well as Teddy at Virtual Author Book Tours for the chance to participate in the tour. (THANKS!) For more information about said author or said tour, feel free to click a link found within this post for easy access.
Now, just because it didn't work for me, doesn't mean it won't for you.....that's why I'm happy to present you with a chance to win! Here's the scoop.....
(1) printed copy OR ebook copy of Laughing Through Life by Connie Wilson
(prize version received depends upon winners location)
How to enter...
Simply leave a comment below for your chance to win. Be sure to include your email address so I can contact you should you win.
This contest is open to one and all...as in INTERNATIONAL. If the winner chosen is the from the US of A, you will receive a printed copy of the book. If you are an international winner, an ebook copy will be granted to you. Remember, the ebook copy is limited to NOOK and Kindle versions.
Entries will be accepted from Wednesday, November 30th, 2011 through midnight CST on Saturday, December 10th, 2011. REMEMBER: If you do not include an email address in your entry, you will be disqualified.
Winner will be contacted within 48 hours after the contest closes and will have 48 hours to respond back to my email request for mailing information.
So, that's it.
The end of another tour and another month here on the site. Don't forget to check out the rest of the tour including tomorrow's stop over at She Treads Softly.
Good luck to one and all!
Good luck to one and all!
Until next time...happy reading!