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Product Details

  • Paperback: 166 pages
  • Publisher: All Things That Matter Press (January 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984259473
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984259472
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,592,931 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Salvatore Buttaci is a retired English teacher who has been writing since childhood. His first published work, an essay entitled "Presidential Timber," appeared in the Sunday New York News when he was sixteen. Since then his poems, letters, short stories, and articles have been widely published in The New York Times, Newsday, U.S.A. Today, The Writer, Cats Magazine, and elsewhere in America and overseas. In 2001, Pudding House Publications included his work in the Greatest Hits Series with his chapbook, Greatest Hits: 1970-2000. He was also the 2007 recipient of the $500.00 Cyber-wit Poetry Award. His recent chapbook published by Big Table Company is called Boy on a Swing and other poems. His recent book, A Family of Sicilians..., is available at http://stores.lulu.com/ButtaciPublishing2008 Visit the author's site at http://salvatorebuttaci.wordpress.com Buttaci lives in West Virginia with his wife Sharon.

More About the Author

The poems, letters, and stories of Salvatore Buttaci have been published in The New York Times, Newsday, U.S.A. Today, The Writer, Cats Magazine, and widely elsewhere in America and overseas. A retired teacher and professor, he was the recipient of the $500 Cyber-wit Poetry Award in 2007. Buttaci has lectured on Sicilian American pride and conducted poetry workshops and readings.

His collection of 164 short-fiction stories, Flashing My Shorts, is available from Amazon.com at http://www.amazon.com/Flashing-My-Shorts-Salvatore-Buttaci/dp/0984259473

His new chapbook Boy on a Swing and other poems is available from http://www.bigtablepublishing.com/chaptitles.html

A Family of Sicilians: Stories and Poems is available from
http://stores.lulu.com/ButtaciPublishing2008

His new collection of flash fiction, 200 Shorts, has just been released by All Things That Matter Press, and is also available from Amazon.com at http://www.amazon.com/200-Shorts-Salvatore-Buttaci/dp/0984639241/ref=sr_1_12?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1304168865&sr=1-12

He lives with his wife Sharon in West Virginia.

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Flashing My Shorts is a collection of micro-fiction by Salvatore Buttaci.
Tovli
I highly recommend this book, because I am certain that it will exceed all your expectations.
Wanda Woody
I am amazed that with so few words, Sal has created stories with emotion.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J. Knox on February 1, 2010
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Salvatore Buttaci masters the short form in his new collection Flashing My Shorts. The stories here are spare but powerful, and each is injected with Buttaci's quick wit, sharp insight, and the sort of emotional depth that causes a reader to pause, for just a moment, before reading on, wanting more.
Buttaci has a delicate touch with his pen and he's fantastic at telling stories, stories with wide range and the commonality of insight, humor and strong resolution. Buy the book for yourself, buy a copy for a friend and get ready to enjoy what a strong short story collection can offer: utter entertainment in bite-sized bits. I like to think of these stories the way I think of those portion-controlled, pre-packaged desserts: when I'm done with one, why not another?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth A. Weene on February 1, 2010
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Drawing on his dry sense of humor and a deep sense of irony, Salvatore Buttaci has delivered a book of sparkling gems. These quick stories make us laugh, think, and at times cry. They take us to the core of reality and at other times to the wonders of fantasy. This is a book that I would highly recommend to the reader who enjoys the art of flash fiction and to the reader who likes a quick laugh. (Kenneth Weene author of Widow's Walk)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Anna Psarianos on April 30, 2010
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Flashing My Shorts is a brilliant collection of short stories that will leave you yearning to read more. Sal Buttacci is an enormously talented and passionate writer taking his readers through an emotional journey in life. I felt an unbelievable connection to the stories, and Sal's humor and wittiness is a delight. I look forward to his next work of art!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Susan Babin on April 18, 2010
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I've always believed that good things come in small packages. Sal Buttaci's book "Flashing My Shorts" is proof. Each story is an exquisitely polished gem, honed to perfection. I've read many stories twice, even thrice, to ensure that I haven't missed a word. As a former colleague, I knew Sal was a talented teacher, but I didn't realize he was such a brilliant storyteller. His little morsels are like rich pieces of chocolate, satisfying, but you always want more.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Wanda Woody on April 18, 2010
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Flash fiction has now been redefined, with the unveiling of "Flashing My Shorts" by Salvatore Buttaci. It is a collection of short stories that go above and beyond the definition of flash fiction. Each page, though short in words, is powerful in depth, meaning, perception and emotion. Each story rouses our intellect, tugs at our heart strings and revives our morals and ethics. I journeyed through a wealth of feelings and insights as I devoured each page. Stories packed with humor and wit, yet refreshingly sensitive to important issues such as patriotism, discipline, respect, honor and humility. I highly recommend this book, because I am certain that it will exceed all your expectations. This is a book you will read over and over; one you will talk about and one that you will treasure because you will find yourself in many of the stories. Your own memories will coincide with so many of Buttaci's descriptive illustrations. Now we have words for the thoughts that all of us have tucked away somewhere. Buy this book, and I guarantee you will enjoy it almost as much as me! I also recommend the author, who is an excellent writer, a wonderful human being who loves life, loves his country and loves people. Great Book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rhonda M. Smolarek on March 30, 2010
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Like many people I've become addicted to instant gratification, I want it where ever I can get it and Buttaci delivers. He fits entertaining and thought provoking stories in various genres into succinct pieces of work short enough to complete during a lunch break, commute to work, dental visit... The reader is never short changed in quality or depth with Buttaci's work. This book makes a great addition to a guest room, doctors office but I brought it to work with me and it received rave reviews by a very tough crowd: high school students! It's become the most popular book in the book rack and I've never once asked anyone to read it. The cover caught the eye of one young man with discriminating taste and he told me very animatedly how much he enjoyed this book, which is also one of the few times I've seen him smile this school year. I found it a great read, instant gratification and something, lots of somethings for all!

Rhonda Smolarek (aka Olive Rosehips)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dianna Petry on March 25, 2010
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Salvatore Buttaci is a writer who can pack powerful emotion into few words. These stories are quick making them perfect reading material for carrying along to an appointment, enjoying on a lunch break, or reading out loud to someone who is ill. I do want to warn you though, once you pick this book up you will want to finish it before you put it back down.

Mr. Buttaci makes his reader think, laugh, and pause to feel what the writer was experiencing. I recommend this book to anyone in need of a dose of reality mixed with humor. If you enjoy flash fiction you definitely won't want to leave this book out of your collection.

Dianna Doles-Petry (Author)
Echoes of a Woman's Soul
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anthony R. Buccino on March 11, 2010
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FLASHING MY SHORTS by Sal Buttaci is a fabulous book with so many brief stories that stay with you long after you've moved on. Love, danger, passion, and alternate histories in sci-fi appear in these fiction pieces under 1,000 words. Their brevity is an advantage, making it great to pick up and stop for readers and commuters who do the same kind of long and short reading, too.

Yes, each piece is a complete short story and with many you want to know what happens next but what happens next is an all-new story that will keep your eyes focused on the page. You'll want to take a break to absorb the skill with which these pieces are crafted.

Here is a very talented writer in a brave new writing format. If you're familiar with Buttaci's other work, you'll be pleasantly surprised here, no, not pleasantly surprised, delighted. I urge you to add Flashing My Shorts by Sal Buttaci to your collection of must-read volumes. This is a book I shall read again and again.
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