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Family Member [Kindle Edition]

Albert Goodman
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Book Description

If our dogs could only talk to us! That's what makes six year old Darlene Stempler's relationship with her nine year old black Labrador, Cookies, so special. Darlene believes with all her heart that she and Cookies communicate through ESP. Cookies is her best and most trusted friend. So when Cookies limps home one afternoon with a bad leg, she's worried about the outcome. Her father, Ron, has lost his job in the Great Recession, and though he's willing to do all he can to restore Cookie's to health, she's not sure time or the family's dwindling bank account is on her side.

The not so great Great Recession. Christmas. An out of work father. And an injured, aging family pet requiring costly ACL surgery. Ron Stempler fully intended to have their nine year old Labrador medically fixed up until everyone suggested an unthinkable alternative. Everyone except his wife and his daughter Darlene who claimed to have an unbreakable ESP connection with her beloved black lab. While trying to decide what to do with the animal they consider a "family member", it is Ron himself - disenfranchised, self doubting, but loving father - whose hard choices allow him to rediscover his valued place as a "family member".

FAMILY MEMBER / COMEDY/ DRAMA / FICTION ©2012

ALBERT GOODMAN has one wife, three sons, and two dogs - but who's counting? "Family Member" is the novelization of his 2003 screenplay of the same name. Albert has written twelve unproduced screenplays. Apparently, he's counting.

Albert dedicates "Family Member" to his wife.
Buy a copy so she can finally have people over.

FAMILY MEMBER / COMEDY/ DRAMA / FICTION ©2012


Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Albert Goodman is a writer by birth and photographer by trade. He has worked in advertising, television, film, shoe stores and kitchens. He is a simple man with rampaging obligations who considers himself quietly "filthy rich in email addresses". He believes in cosmic coincidences but places no credence in them. He is married and has three sons. He is thankful the new digital world affords everyone an opportunity to find an audience for their truths - whether their work be mainstream or marginal, mediocre or magnificent or all of the above at any given moment- and delighted he has lived long enough to contribute to the mess.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1567 KB
  • Print Length: 123 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 147765674X
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0087IQF3I
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,438,701 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really touched me August 25, 2012
By Richard
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This short story is a touching tale that I really related to, having had similar circumstances happen to me.
We have three (4) legged family members in our house, one of whom required surgery last year with a price tag we couldn't afford. He's sitting on my lap right now.

This story is great for adults, and kids alike, to experience the feeling of how valuable our "extended" families are to us.

Thanks Mr. Goodman
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for a Disney movie!! September 7, 2012
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"Family Member" arrived and I began reading it at 1:00 a.m. Funny, crisp and tightly written from the first line. It's very funny and cinematic -- it would be perfect for a Disney or other film that kids would enjoy while adults appreciate it on another level. Is there any hope of this at all? It seems ridiculous to "waste" this perfect family story!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Children know best July 26, 2012
By LRBMW
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Wonderful touching story, told in a very gentle way. Albert makes it very readable for all. With a magical ending you can not predict. Adults , especially with kids, slow down for a few minutes and read this. It touched my heart.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Hilarious July 2, 2012
By JoJo
Format:Kindle Edition
"Family Member" is a great read, and will keep you smiling! As usual, Mr. Goodman creates characters you can actually see and hear, and places them in unpredictable and vivid scenes. With lots of chaotic new twists on Nurse Ratched (if you know what I mean), The New Neighbors, crazy city employees, troubled foreigners, and precocious children, this one will certainly have you laughing! Carefully written by a superb storyteller and writer, you'll enjoy this one more than once!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hater October 4, 2012
Format:Paperback
As someone who can sometimes hate their own pointless dog, I sympathized with Ron's dilemma. Hilarious!!!!!
Great jod Mr. Goodman
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More About the Author

Albert Goodman is a writer by birth and photographer by trade. He has worked in advertising, television, film, shoe stores and kitchens. He is a simple man with rampaging obligations who considers himself quietly "filthy rich in email addresses". He believes in cosmic coincidences but places no credence in them. He is married and has three sons. He is thankful the new digital world affords everyone an opportunity to find an audience for their truths - whether their work be mainstream or marginal, mediocre or magnificent or all of the above at any given moment- and delighted he has lived long enough to contribute to the melange.

Photo credits: 2014 Kimberly Teichrow, 2014 Carl Caylor, 2014 Margie Hoeffner

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