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Excess Baggage Paperback – March 7, 2008

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About the Author

Tracy Lea Carnes has written features for her hometown magazine, SB Magazine, and her satire has appeared nationally in The Huffington Post. She was also a finalist in the Chris Moore Challenge during the first season of HBO's Project Greenlight with a 60 second comedy spoof she wrote and produced.

Her debut novel, EXCESS BAGGAGE,is a humorous yet inspiring glimpse of Kelly, a careerless thirty year, who moves back home to her ostensibly dependent mother after the death of her overbearing father in order to rediscover herself.

Ms. Carnes lives in Shreveport, Louisiana with her beloved cat, Spot and her adorable rescue dog, Sadie.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Inc. (March 7, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595477445
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595477449
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,704,584 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tracy Lea Carnes has written features for her hometown magazine, SB Magazine, and her satire has appeared nationally in The Huffington Post. She was also a finalist in the Chris Moore Challenge during the first season of HBO's Project Greenlight with a 60 second comedy spoof she wrote and produced. Her debut novel, EXCESS BAGGAGE,is a humorous yet inspiring glimpse of Kelly, a careerless thirty year, who moves back home to her ostensibly dependent mother after the death of her overbearing father in order to rediscover herself. Ms. Carnes lives in Shreveport, Louisiana with her beloved cat, Spot and her adorable rescue dog, Sadie.

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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Liberal Christian on August 18, 2009
Format: Paperback
The advent of self-publishing and cooperative publishing have done much to enable young writers a break in the industry. On the whole, this has been a major improvement for literature. Taken individually, however, it's an obvious mixed bag. As a result, anyone with a word processor, and apparently the right life-changing physical condition, can publish a novel.

I picked this book up in an effort to support a local author, as I try to do so with anyone operating within the arts in my hometown. I cannot comment about the severity of the author's medical problems - though she clearly puts them out there for all of us to enjoy. But the style and substance of this work are simply not up to par yet. They say that most first novels are somewhat autobiographical. This is clearly the case for this author. In the end, though it is clear that the heroine has suffered greatly, we are unable to feel sympathetic as the author is not versed enough in an ability to separate herself from the protagonist. She clearly wants us to regard her and not the girl in the story. This is the mark of an author not yet mature enough in her art to reach a large audience. Instead what we are left with reads more like a high school creative writing project.

Hopefully the next attempt will be less a veiled attempt to portray herself as a heroine and more character-driven and mature.
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By Mike Young on June 16, 2014
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I stumbled across this book and found it to be an extremely entertaining "read". I found the story to be well plotted, witty, and informative. Since I had never heard of ulcerative colitis, I had no idea of the difficulty or the perils of trying to live a normal life and cope with this disease. While providing insight to this decease, the author mixes humor as well as everyday life perspective into the story. I recommend this book for every adult.
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By briley on September 3, 2012
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I really enjoyed this book. It was a cue, light hearted book about a very serious not so great situation.
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Kelly Carmichael is a woman who just can't seem to get the whole "adulthood" thing right. While she has been to college, it is what comes after that keeps defeating her. She spins constantly around in her thoughts like a stuck washing machine. Should I get a "real" job, continue law school, etc. Her father does support her in the manner to which she is accustomed, which grates on her mother, who holds secrets. The price for support comes with constant nagging about pharmacy school, which her father thinks is the answer to everything. Her boyfriend Walt appears to love her only when she does what he wants. Kelly takes a chance on moving to Memphis when she decides one day to ditch law school. She knows just enough about contracts to be dangerous, and to her surprise, the golden apple seems finally to be in reach via a transfer to Phoenix. But you don't grow from success. It is failure and life's hammering from the unexpected that tempers steel and makes the blade sharp. Kelly is about to land on the "path less taken", both physically and emotionally. For the reader, it is a satisfying journey with a woman who is not perfect, and not even necessarily likeable, but simply human. Whose heart hasn't ached when forced to stare unflinchingly at the messiness of one's life, and realize that one has created, and is responsible, for it all.

From the introduction about how to apply an ostomy bag, this book shines in dialogue and voice (I have to say Kelly's crusty grandma is my favorite). This story can also be transformed into a powerful monologue (ala Spalding Gray) or a play. I hope the author considers it, for she would be doing a great service for those facing the challenge of ulcerative colitis.

MGP
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