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Crooked Little Birdhouse: Random Thoughts on Being Human [Kindle Edition]

Patrick Caneday
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Book Description

Whether the subject is a bruised knee or a bruised ego, the death of a loved one or the death of a goldfish, his challenged faith, delusions of grandeur or addiction to grilled meat, Patrick Caneday finds a way to make the mundane and ordinary meaningful. In "Crooked Little Birdhouse," Caneday brings together a collection of the most popular pieces from his weekly newspaper column and adds a series of new essays. The result is a life story weaved through random insights on the world, people and a birdhouse. With trademark wit and poignant observation, he's not afraid to offer himself as proof of our shared suffering, humanity and survival, in a book that is more memoir than compilation. While others tell us what's wrong with the world, Caneday shows us what's right.

"I love Patrick Caneday's work. He seeks out the humanity in us and writes about it in the kind of seamless prose that any author would envy, in a style that only a few can achieve. I have always looked forward to reading his columns and now I have them at hand to consider them in pleasure. Thanks, Patrick, for the immensity of the gift you have given us and continue to give." ~Al Martinez, author and Pulitzer Prize winning columnist

“Patrick Caneday writes from the heart. His stories, carefully and gracefully revealed, are about the things that ground and unite us all: family, tradition, place, community. This is a collection you’ll reach for again and again.” ~Steve Lopez, Los Angeles Times columnist and author of “The Soloist”

"How a grown man can be right and funny at the same time is beyond me… but Patrick Caneday does just that. I already "warned" my husband he's getting this book for Father's Day." ~Karen J. Rinehart, syndicated columnist, author, speaker and VP of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists

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About the Author

Patrick Caneday is the writer of the Small Wonders column appearing in several Southern California newspapers each week. He was raised in Glendale, California, and now lives in neighboring Burbank. He worked in the entertainment industry as a post-production supervisor and executive before taking his sabbatical year to be a writer and house-dad. He now focuses most of his time on family, his column and other writing projects.

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  • File Size: 449 KB
  • Print Length: 202 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0070PV9P8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,939,774 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting in small bits or taken whole July 6, 2011
By Grant
This book of essays reveals a great observer and interpreter of the small, but meaningful, worlds around us. The author captures the
day to day realities of being human in a town near Los Angeles. His perspective on work, home, family, the natural wonders, and his
internal dialogue brings easy smiles and knowing tears. Perfect vacation book - read a few essays between snorkeling and lunch or
read the whole thing on a rainy beach day. It's been my pleasure.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Verdugos Viewpoint Charming July 19, 2012
A thematic collection of his columns, Crooked Little Birdhouse cover many topics. His literal perspective is on the Verdugos, where he went to school, and where he shops, works, and lives.

From Glenoaks Elementary to the Burbank Pavillions on Alameda, Caneday writes as if the reader is traveling with him, honestly discussing his work, writing, family, friends, religion and more. Although the title essay is a metaphor for the imperfect structures we build, Caneday writes directly through it to explore connections, discover grace, and create hope.

I enjoyed this book particularly because of its local perspective, but its appeal isn't limited to this region. His columns and this book are deserving of a broad audience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A FUN READ March 13, 2014
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I like Mr. Caneday's humor. His stories about being a dad, a husband, a son, a neighbor - a human being - make for very enjoyable reading. They keep me turning the pages and, like most good books, I don't want it to end.
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