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Product Details

  • Paperback: 172 pages
  • Publisher: Story Street Press (July 16, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0989495809
  • ISBN-13: 978-0989495806
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,332,403 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Poet Molly Fisk writes weekly essays for community radio stations in California, Colorado, Illinois and Wisconsin. She’s the author of the poetry collections, The More Difficult Beauty, Listening to Winter, and Salt Water Poems, and the audio recordings of commentary, Blow-Drying a Chicken and Using Your Turn Signal Promotes World Peace. Fisk has been awarded grants by the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Arts Council, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. She’s the owner of Poetry Boot Camp (poetrybootcamp.com) and can be reached at mollyfisk.com.

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Made me laugh & cry!!!
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One of those books that you can pick up and read over and over again.
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Ms. Fisk has a voice that is both warm and precise.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Susan Nance on August 5, 2013
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This is a must read book! You will be torn between wanting to sit down and read the entire book in one sitting, or reading each chapter slowly as you mull over the complexity and beauty of her words. I can tell already that this is a book I will be able to read over and over, and I will learn something new each time I do. I'm already buying copies for Christmas presents!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By max on August 15, 2013
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This book is hilarious, heart-provoking, fun, wonderful. Can't recommend it highly enough. My sweetheart was reading it at the hot springs this past weekend and laughing out loud and interrupting me in my reading every few minutes to read me lines from it (despite the fact that I've read it!). It's also, quite honestly, a super great gift book to give to someone else.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Insight -. Suzanne Daggett on August 3, 2013
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Molly has words that must be read! She can make you laugh outloud, think, ponder, wonder and be happy - a true writers gift, and all in a few thoughtful words. I just started the book, and am savoring the tenderness or not so tender moments Molly relates. Fabulous! Suzie Daggett
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Molly Spencer on August 15, 2013
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I just finished reading my copy of Blow-Drying a Chicken and I LOVE this book. In these smart, funny, precise, and attentive essays, Molly Fisk has patiently, lovingly sat on the toilet seat lid and blown-dry the chicken that is this world. It's a book to go back to -- I see myself pulling it off my shelf in years to come, murmuring... "Didn't Molly Fisk have something to say about that....?" I want this book to be in every waiting room in the whole wide world. At your bedside wouldn't be a bad place for it, either.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Grace K. Bell on July 28, 2013
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from my facebook page:

"Just opened the package I picked up yesterday. Blow-Drying a Chicken is written by Molly Fisk, one of the many facebook friends I have yet to meet in flesh. Years ago, when I lived in Nevada City, I was bowled over with delight by her radio essays on KVMR. I have been reading this wonderful, newly published book of essays for only a few minutes and already have teared up and belly-laughed. Can be found at Amazon."

These essays are both wise and foolish: offering insightful, fresh perspective on many topics and well-spiced with self effacing hilarity.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Windus on August 17, 2013
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This collection will give you the opportunity to laugh, cry, escape, remember...a fantastic journey. Composed candidly from the depths and the shallows. Consume all at once or a few pages at a time. Enjoy it you will.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John S. Pollock on August 30, 2013
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Delightfully deep and insightfully lighthearted, Blow-Drying a Chicken is one of those books that is doubly enjoyable to read both for the pure poetry of the words in your mouth and the ideas that percolate in your mind. I find myself constantly daydreaming as I read, and that is the highest compliment one can give a writer! I fall in, over and over and over again, with each new essay. Where will I end up next? What fun!
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Ann Lamott fans will enjoy Molly Fisk's high-spirited and vividly observed essay collection. These kindred writers both show appealing qualities of humane soul-keeping and laughter-rich appreciation for the ordinary dailiness of lives well-lived and thoughtfully documented. For instance, we watch in delight as Molly Fisk waltzes to Jefferson Airplane, bowls two strikes with her favorite burgundy ball, and almost successfully "mans up" to a local potluck by contributing an un-frosted angel food cake from Safeway.

Structured to fit the cycle of an ordinary year, in this book the four seasons become for Fisk a journey of extraordinary living where we accompany her on mind-opening journeys in her green Toyota throughout northern California ( and beyond). For her, even a visit to the local Nevada County coffee shop becomes a field trip rich in lessons about human nature and the responsibilities of community.

"All that I hope to say in books, all that I ever hope to say is that I love the world," E.B. White memorably tells us. Molly Fisk holds similar views. Read *Blow Drying a Chicken: Observations of a Working Poet* to deepen your beliefs that in our degenerate world of broken social contracts and heart-wrenching wars where social justice often fails to carry the day even for the lucky and brave, love and a decent and inclusive vision of community can still prevail.
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