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Product Details

  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Galaxias Productions (January 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983563195
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983563198
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,675,794 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I was never expecting the amount of awesomeness in this short little book...A laugh riot of epic proportions..." - Darien Moya, Pants Off Reviews

"Wooten's knack at mastering comedy through extraordinary situations is unsurpassed. If you loved his 'fruit series' you're going to relish what's inside his 'shorts'!" - Gregory G. Allen, author of Well With My Soul

"Wooten's writing is honest, funny, moving...these may be 'shorts' but they made a big impression on me." - Clayton Littlewood, author of Goodbye To Soho and DWB: Tales Of Soho

"This is the gay Bridget Jones diary!"- ASD Publishing

"Writing comedy is not easy and writing intelligent comedy is even more difficult. It is a quality that I've always believed is inherent and not learned and Mr. Wooten possesses this innate talent in spades." - Indigene, The Indie Reviewer

About the Author

ARTHUR WOOTEN is the author of the critically acclaimed novels Dizzy, Leftovers, Birthday Pie, On Picking Fruit and Fruit Cocktail. He's also penned the children's picture book Wise Bear William: A New Beginning and the collection of short stories, Arthur Wooten's Shorts. A playwright, his works include the award winning Birthday Pie, which had its world premiere at the Waterfront Playhouse, Key West, FL. His one act plays, Lily and The Lunch, have been produced in New York City and most recently in Te Anau, New Zealand. For two years he was the humorist for the London based magazine, reFRESH. Arthur grew up in Andover, MA and now resides in New York City.

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ARTHUR WOOTEN
is the author of the critically acclaimed books Dizzy, Leftovers, Birthday Pie, On Picking Fruit and Fruit Cocktail. He's also penned the children's picture book Wise Bear William: A New Beginning and the collection of short stories, Arthur Wooten's Shorts. A playwright, his works include the award winning Birthday Pie, which had its world premiere at the Waterfront Playhouse, Key West, FL. His one act plays, Lily and The Lunch, have been produced in New York and most recently in Te Anau, New Zealand. For two years he was the humorist for the London based magazine, reFRESH. Arthur grew up in Andover, MA, and now resides in New York City.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Carey Parrish on January 29, 2012
Format: Paperback
Arthur Wooten, the bestselling author of "Birthday Pie," "On Picking Fruit" and "Fruit Cocktail," has produced yet another instant classic. "Arthur Wooten's Shorts" is a delightful book that includes a short story, "Stroke of Luck," and the famous "Dear Henry Letters" from his tenure with London based reFRESH magazine. Arthur is one of those writers whose next release I always await with zeal, so when he asked me to give this new gem a pre-release read, I couldn't contain my enthusiasm.

"Stroke of Luck" is the tale of celebrity chef Chip Lowell. Chip is utterly confident with himself, not to mention sought after because of his looks as well as his talent. He's on the brink of unveiling a new TV cooking show when a life changing event causes him to do some introspective work... which includes giving scrutiny to every detail in his life, and every person therein as well.

The "Dear Henry Letters" are the culmination of Arthur's two year writing stint for reFRESH. Inside their text you will find a delightful mixture of emotions and side splitting humor as he writes to a fictional lover, Henry, about just why they need to part company. And while parting may be such sweet sorrow, you won't want this one to end.

Arthur Wooten's Shorts, inside and out, is a dynamic entry in this multi talented scribe's bibliography of hits. An immediate success, readers won't be disappointed in the least and Mr. Wooten's ever growing fan base is in for a treat. It's that good.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David G. Hallman on March 12, 2012
Format: Paperback
Arthur Wooten has a finely honed ear and very skilled pen.

Wooten utilizes the subtle nuances of language to capture both the dramatic and the mundane in his characters' lives and to tell their stories in ways that give us alternating giggles and lumps in our throats.

His newest book entitled "Arthur Wooten's Shorts" is an imaginative compilation of a short story and a series of columns that he had written while he was the humorist for the London magazine reFRESH.

It is not easy to write humor well. Wooten knows how. There is raucousness to many of his scenes yet the idiosyncratic behavior of his characters doesn't slide off into slapstick. Rather, his comedy acts as a light veneer over a poignancy from which I always take away some deeply-felt and finely-crafted lesson for life.

Having enjoyed "Arthur Wooten's Shorts", it now rests on my bookshelves along side an impressive and growing collection of the published works that I have appreciated by author Arthur. Keep them coming, Mr. Wooten.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gregory G. Allen on January 30, 2012
Format: Paperback
How Arthur Wooten has not been swept up by Hollywood to write for them is beyond me. His twisted brain can come up with the most hilarious situations and literally takes `gay wit' to a new level. I've read all of what Wooten has written and if you haven't, you will be buying up all of his books after reading Shorts. Wooten calls them "shorts" - I call them "appetizers" leaving me wanting more in this delicious meal! The man's skill & style as a storyteller pulls the reader in instantly - never letting go as his deftly crafted tales make these shorts feel as if we've known the characters forever. Arthur Wooten's Shorts (like the clothing it recalls) covers just enough to let your mind wander, but reveals much in very few masterfully written pages! Click on "buy book now" ... you know you want to see what's inside those shorts!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nancy of Utah on October 20, 2013
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The book "Shorts" tells the story of "Stroke of Luck" and also fantastically funny "Dear Henry Letters." In "Stroke of Luck" Chip Lowell is 51 years old, an avid chef finally with his own tv cooking show. 'City Cooking, Country Boy' is the name of his show as Chip grew up on a New England farm and now lives in New York City. Chip enjoys 22-year old Billy as a sexual partner, but Billy is never allowed to spend the night as Chip is too devoted to his career and doesn't need all night distractions. Billy really appears to idolize Chip, but that quickly changes. Chip always felt he was physically fit as he always visits the gym first thing in the morning. On this one morning after gym, he is at the Chelsea Market where his television show is being broadcast live. Trying to hold back a loud, obnoxious sneeze, he is instantly struck with a stroke and rushed to a hospital. Tests reflect a blood clot is blocking a blood vessel in his brain causing speech and movement problems. Billy visits him once in the hospital, then never again. His show manager, Paul, visits him a couple times, and disappears. No one else visits which causes him very deep depression. However, there is one man who has a way of lifting his spirits with a wicked sense of humor. He is 53 years old Allie who is a physical therapist. It is amazing when two kindred souls find each other ... hopefully for eternity. A very tender, moving story.

On to the "Dear Henry Letters" which Author Arthur Wooten published in a London Magazine as an advice columnist addressing courtship challenges in the 21st century. His letters address gay sex, love, and dating, with a humorous twist. Each letter is hilarious and I found myself laughing out loud as I read them.
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