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"From the first page to the last, Cole Alpaugh had my attention. His zany and colorful characters and style of writing put me in mind of one of my favorite authors, John Irving. I suspect that I have found my next new favorite author."

--Michelle Hessling, Publisher, The Wayne Independent

"Pick up The Bear in a Muddy Tutu if you enjoy taking a literary journey that is twisted, peopled by characters who are social misfits, caught up in events that range from bizarrely tragic to merely sad. Reminded me in a way of A Confederacy of Dunces."

--Molly Rodgers, Library Director, Wayne County Public Library

"Reading The Bear in a Muddy Tutu is like running away with the circus. You won't regret the emotional ride or the fantastic people you meet, but you might regret not getting to stay longer."

--Regan Leigh, writer/blogger

"A deftly written story driven by raw and vivid characters and rich with evocative language and colorful descriptions. With every page another layer is peeled back as this fascinating, magical tale unfolds--sad or humorous, but always thoughtful. Alpaugh's writing does not rely on cheap tricks or predictable plot points, but slowly pulls you in and compels you to stick around for a while. Rest assured, in The Bear in a Muddy Tutu, you will constantly be surprised by what happens next."

--Rhiannon Ellis, author of Bonded In Brazil

About the Author

Cole Alpaugh's newspaper career began in the early 80s, starting with small daily papers in Maryland and Massachusetts, where his stories won national awards. His most recent job was at a large daily in Central New Jersey, where his "true life" essays included award-winning pieces on a traveling rodeo and an in-depth story on an emergency room doctor that was nominated by Gannett News Service for a 1991 Pulitzer Prize. Cole also did work for two Manhattan-based news agencies, covering conflicts in Haiti, Panama, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Thailand and Cambodia. His work has appeared in dozens of magazines, as well as most newspapers in America. Cole is currently a freelance photographer and writer living in Northeast Pennsylvania, where he also coaches his daughter's soccer kick-arounds.

Product Details

  • File Size: 621 KB
  • Print Length: 281 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1603818251
  • Publisher: Camel Press (February 16, 2011)
  • Publication Date: February 16, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004O6MUKY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #746,725 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Cole Alpaugh's newspaper career began in the early 80s, starting with small daily papers in Maryland and Massachusetts, where his stories won national awards. His most recent job was at a large daily in Central New Jersey, where his "true life" essays included award-winning pieces on a traveling rodeo and an in-depth story on an emergency room doctor that was nominated by Gannett News Service for a 1991 Pulitzer Prize. Cole also did work for two Manhattan-based news agencies, covering conflicts in Haiti, Panama, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Thailand and Cambodia. His work has appeared in dozens of magazines, as well as most newspapers in America. Cole is currently a freelance photographer and writer living in Northeast Pennsylvania, where he spends his afternoons watching his daughter hit fuzzy yellow balls and ski through slalom gates. You can find Cole online at ColeAlpaugh.com.

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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Shannon L. Yarbrough VINE VOICE on April 10, 2011
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Cole Alpaugh's book, The Bear in a Muddy Tutu, immediately had my full attention as it began with the story of Buddy Wayne Hooduk, an odd character of sorts who has just abandoned his needy mother and is intent on convincing people that he is God. With stolen guidebook in hand, How To Become a Cult Leader in 50 Easy Steps, Buddy sets out to find his flock. Odd circumstances cause Buddy to take charge of a run-down traveling circus where an oddball loser like Buddy doesn't seem so out of place.

It is here in the book that the reader is introduced to a variety of characters and you quickly learn that this book just isn't about Buddy. In fact, pretty soon Buddy is out of the center circus ring and we find ourselves following the story lines of several other more interesting characters from a drunken ranger obsessed with killing bugs to a lonely reporter who has lost his daughter thanks to his ex-wife running away with the little girl.

And since you are following a circus, there's all sorts of Midway characters and Side Show freaks coming and going from the storyline that, while not the center of the plot, are just as alluring. A sexy contortionist, a man who has survived lightning strikes a dozen times, the flat man, and the human cannonball to name a few.

My favorite character had to be Gracie the Dancing Bear - an old toothless bear in a pink tutu who becomes separated from the circus during a bizarre accident. Alpaugh treats Gracie's point of view no differently than when he is writing about the other characters. It's as if this is a story he's engagingly told out loud for years possibly to his children.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Catherine A. Davis on September 6, 2013
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First I've read from this author-will surely read more! From the first moment characters were introduced, they were captivating in the most endearing manner-especially the bear!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By candace on April 9, 2013
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The Bear in the Muddy Tutu is a great book. It's absurd and very entertaining.
If you like Carl Hiaasen, you might enjoy this book (although this has less murder mystery)
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By AmberL on November 30, 2011
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I bought this book for my kindle, because it came up as a recommendation, when I was looking at books by John Irving, one of my favorite authors. Like another reviewer, I was struck by the similarities in 'voice' between the two authors, but Cole Alpaugh definitely has his own very distinctive style nonetheless, and I enjoyed this book from start to finish. I thought of it often during the day and could not wait to pick it up again in the evening, until I finished it, thinking of all the quirky characters he brought to life. I will definitely be watching for more from this author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Yvonne B on July 15, 2013
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A great read that takes you all over the place and deceives you about the real centre of the story. An easy, if slightly puzzling read with a film of grime covering much of the tale a book for people who love meandering tales full of strange wonderful unlikeable and fascinating characters.
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The author has some talent; parts of this book are amazing. He clearly rushed the ending, muddling the story with a rather sloppy and maudlin bow rather than taking his time and creating a better-written ending.

The novel has contains some fascinating dialogue and a few novel characters; comparisons to "A Confederacy of Dunces," however, are embarrassing and absurd to the point of being similar to the ravings of a Nickerson Garden dusthead.
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By SLR on March 27, 2014
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The book looked interesting and I did finish it. The author is not on my list to watch for in the future. I got the hidden meaning about the bear but I don't think it was a book I'd recommend to a friend.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Regan on February 19, 2011
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I actually reviewed Cole's book early on for my blog.
(Disclaimer: I am his writing partner and friend, so yes I may be biased. Then again, I would only want the best for a writing partner.)

Here are some of the comments I made on my blog. The entire review is too long to paste here.

- I loved Cole's writing voice from day one and I knew immediately that he'd be published. And soon. Just ask him. I was annoyingly optimistic and pushy.

- Reading The Bear in a Muddy Tutu is like running away with the circus. You won't regret the emotional ride or the fantastic people you meet, but you might regret not getting to stay longer. (This comment was used by his publishing house.)

- There is an undertone of sadness during the happy scenes and a sense of joy even beneath the most tear-jerking parts of the book. I don't mean to say his writing is contradictory. It's layered. And it's beautiful.

- He's very sensory in his descriptions. This is great for someone like myself who is extremely visual.

- The Bear in a Muddy Tutu has a realistic edge, with magical elements and raw descriptions. Nothing is held back and trust is established immediately.

So basically... I loved it. It won't disappoint. ;)
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