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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Totally Skewed Productions (November 9, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979970806
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979970801
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,389,124 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Driving on the Wrong Side of the Road by Diana Estill is a sparkling collection of humorous vignettes that range from the anecdotal to the philosophical--and almost everything in between.

Drawing mainly from her own experiences, from youth right through to Grandma-hood, and with her tongue lodged firmly in her cheek, Diana Estill provides guidance and advice on such wide-ranging topics as wedding anniversary gifts, handling jalapeno peppers, and football terminology for dummies. Interspersed with such ruminations are hilarious anecdotes such as the Christmas Monopoly game that did not become a 'family tradition,' and the testosterone-fuelled Texas Chain Saw Adventure. Refreshingly, political correctness is thrown out of the window. The foibles and peculiarities particular to the male and female varieties of our species are brilliantly portrayed. As a man, I heartily endorse her theories on the problems of mall navigation for men, and the ingenious solution of a male drop-off zone complete with vibrating chairs, televised sports, and attendant grannies missing their grown-up sons. Brilliant.

Unlike many humor writers, Estill does not usually laugh at other people. By and large, she pokes fun at herself, her husband, and her family, in an affectionate way that is very appealing. Occasionally, the tone becomes more reflective and serious, with a couple of particularly lyrical and touching accounts of her relationship with her father.

At a fundamental level, this is an account of ordinary incidents in the everyday lives of normal people, and this is what makes it so accessible. Painting such events in her whimsical and quirky manner, Diana Estill infuses them with a sense of outrageous craziness that helps one to chuckle at the annoyances of life. After a tiring, stressful day this is a great book to pick up.

Armchair Interviews says: This book is a reminder that laughter is indeed the best medicine.

-- This text refers to the paperback edition. --Armchairinterviews.com

Author Diana Estill writes as if we are heading off on an adventure, beginning with a drive on Grand Cayman Island. The idea grew from a humor column published in "Road and Travel Magazine," amusing Americans who have either contemplated or actually experienced driving a British car. Diana issues a reminder to fasten seat belts and hold on, for otherwise, you may get thrown into a serious state--and that is rarely a fun place to be.

The published humor columnist hails from Texas, so many of the experiences she writes about take place or have something to do with life as it is in Texas. For example, you will laugh and cry upon reading about seeding and cleaning jalapeno peppers for the salsa used so often in Tex-Mex cuisine. And I did not know the Blue Lacy, named for its gun metal color coat, is the official state dog breed of Texas until I read the chapter called "Designer Dogs." Diane's grandchildren have a Blue Lacy by the name of Tex who buries anything he cannot eat and brushes his own teeth.

Diana is a successful journalist and humor columnist, and this is quite evident after spending some time perusing her book. I predict you too will be tickled by some of Diana's work. Such common items as a digital camera, smoke alarms, and lost luggage will have you smiling. The sections on green lawn obsession, stretching a dollar, loudly snoring husbands, getting prepared for a possible disaster, and toilet repairs (better known at the Estill home as the Institute of Toiletology) will leave you with high spirits. I was particularly amused with the "Gender Benders" section and found myself laughing out loud when Diana described a trip she and her husband took to receive a full body massage, a gift given to them by their daughter. Diana and Jim now claim to suffer from Chronic Massage Phobia. It is hilarious!

I recommend "Driving on the Wrong Side of the Road" to any adult needing a quick pick-me-up or a good laugh, and that would include just about all of us at one time or another. Diane Estill's writing style reminds me of Erma Bombeck, for she finds something humorous in the most mundane of activities. What a talent!

-- This text refers to the paperback edition. --Readerviews.com

From the Author

Buy this book and tell at least ten of your friends about it or else you will gain five pounds within the next two weeks. Hey, don't say I didn't try to warn you. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

More About the Author

Diana Estill is the author of four humor books, one novel, and a collection of short stories. Two of her books have been ForeWord Book of the Year finalists. Her second book, Deedee Divine's Totally Skewed Guide to Life, won the International Book Awards, humor category. Diana grew up in Texas, where she worked previously as a failed Dairy Queen waitress, disgruntled corporate secretary, and starving humor columnist.





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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Interviews on March 3, 2007
Format: Paperback
Driving on the Wrong Side of the Road by Diana Estill is a sparkling collection of humorous vignettes that range from the anecdotal to the philosophical--and almost everything in between.

Drawing mainly from her own experiences, from youth right through to Grandma-hood, and with her tongue lodged firmly in her cheek, Diana Estill provides guidance and advice on such wide-ranging topics as wedding anniversary gifts, handling jalapeno peppers, and football terminology for dummies. Interspersed with such ruminations are hilarious anecdotes such as the Christmas Monopoly game that did not become a 'family tradition,' and the testosterone-fuelled Texas Chain Saw Adventure.

Refreshingly, political correctness is thrown out of the window. The foibles and peculiarities particular to the male and female varieties of our species are brilliantly portrayed. As a man, I heartily endorse her theories on the problems of mall navigation for men, and the ingenious solution of a male drop-off zone complete with vibrating chairs, televised sports, and attendant grannies missing their grown-up sons. Brilliant.

Unlike many humor writers, Estill does not usually laugh at other people. By and large, she pokes fun at herself, her husband, and her family, in an affectionate way that is very appealing. Occasionally, the tone becomes more reflective and serious, with a couple of particularly lyrical and touching accounts of her relationship with her father.

At a fundamental level, this is an account of ordinary incidents in the everyday lives of normal people, and this is what makes it so accessible. Painting such events in her whimsical and quirky manner, Diana Estill infuses them with a sense of outrageous craziness that helps one to chuckle at the annoyances of life. After a tiring, stressful day this is a great book to pick up.

Armchair Interviews says: This book is a reminder that laughter is indeed the best medicine.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie Neely on November 3, 2006
Format: Paperback
Driving On The Wrong Side of the Road by Diana Estill will keep you chuckling and sometimes laughing uncontrollably, as I was while sitting in the airport reading it. The book is a compilation of some of Estill's very popular humor columns, which are featured in numerous publications. She was a finalist in the 2005 America's Funniest Humor Contest. Treat yourself and your friends to this delightful book. There are so many and varied situations about which she pokes fun, you'll relate to many and have great fun reading these aloud to people of all ages. Terrific Christmas gift for others or for yourself!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Michele B on June 13, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is just the kind of book I like to carry with me when I travel and/or hang out at the beach or pool. Made me laugh out loud, then read out loud to my husband. Hubby loved it too, and that's saying alot!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cindy V on April 21, 2012
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This is a collection of essays that take their inspiration from the authors every day life. As I understand it, these were written as entries for a humor column in a newspaper. While there are certainly funny pieces in this collection, a lot of the essays are quite ordinary. The author writes fairly well, and although I did not find the book totally boring, it did not keep me wanting to move onto the next piece either. It's a good book to read when you have short chunks of time, on the beach or in the car, as each essay stands on its own, and all are quite short.

I would not begin to compare the author to Erma Bombeck as one reviewer did. The book is nicely formatted for Kindle, and is well edited.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Josi jo on January 26, 2008
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Mundane stories of mundane topics. This CD reminded me of similar style books I read in the 1980's, which I DID enjoy back then. Nothing much new or exciting here particularly if you're a fan of this sort of genre. IF it's new to you then you may find the humor here and enjoy it. For me it was "old hat".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By coachwriter on September 20, 2007
Format: Paperback
I love to laugh and seeing as there's not that tickles my funnybone in the news, I make sure that I get my daily dose by reading some humor each morning. Estill's book fit the bill. Her brief essays sometimes brought a gaffaw and sometimes brought me to the point of tears. (That's a good thing.) It's her imagery that does it. A lot of the stories in themselves are not so funny. It's her take on them, her willingness to make herself look bad and of course her pithy phrasing, that make this book well worth picking up. If you enjoy reading about someone who's life probably mirrors your own, but someone who is able to laugh instead of cry about the many frustrations you face, buy this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SuzyW on July 26, 2006
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Diana Estill made me laugh over and over again with her tales of domestic trials and tribulations. Though I'd read some of her columns previously, an entire book of essays is great fun! She hilariously tackles topics near and dear to all of us, like traveling, aging, parenting, shopping, and more. And while making you laugh, Diana shares a part of herself that will make you feel like you've just heard a story from a good friend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. H. Iovino on June 21, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
This book is laugh out loud funny. Just use caution around food and beverages while reading... snarfing coffee out of your nose / choking on your snack are real possibilities. Don't ask me how I know...
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