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Product Details

  • Paperback: 226 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1490361421
  • ISBN-13: 978-1490361420
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,121,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Linda M. Au writes humor and fiction (but not necessarily at the same time) from her home in western Pennsylvania, where she is tolerated, coddled, and justifiably condescended to by her long-suffering husband, Wayne Parker, and her partners in home office crime, Bob and Frid, the guinea pigs. Linda and Wayne count six children between them, plus a few significant others thrown in now that they're all grown up.

More About the Author

Linda M. Au shares her home in western Pennsylvania with two guinea pigs and her eternally patient husband, Wayne Parker. She and Wayne share six children between them. Plus, the flotsam and jetsam that come with a blended family.

Linda's been a proofreader and typesetter for twenty years. With "Head in the Sand" and now "Fork in the Road," she climbs over the proverbial publishing desk to give voice to all the stupid things that happen to her. Many of the pieces in "Head in the Sand" have won awards in various humor contests.

"Fork in the Road" is in print because stupid stuff keeps happening, and she keeps writing it all down.

When she's not writing, Linda is also a writing coach for Write At Home, the author liaison for the Bridgewater BookFest in Pennsylvania, vice president of the board of education and publication for the Reformed Presbyterian Church, and a board member for the St. Davids Christian Writers' Association. You know, more stuff she doesn't really get paid for.

You can read Linda's stray thoughts on writing and publishing at www.lindamaubooks.com, or follow her on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn. Or, you know, not.

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So many tears from laughing that I didn't have to remove my mascara before bed!
Ada
Linda is a very talented, very funny writer whose stories perfectly capture the humor in everyday absurdities.
Lisa
I have been hoping for some time to read a book and it has been gnawing at my brain for days.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Melanie Rigney on June 22, 2013
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Have you ever contemplated the lint in your pocket... or the typos in road signs? Me neither. But somehow, Linda M. Au manages to make these things, along with a never-ending bathroom renovation project and the backyard squirrels she tames interesting--and funny as all get-out. Linda's got a true gift for self-deprecating humor. This book will lift your spirits and have you either saying, "Yeah, I've done that" or "Who IS this woman and why isn't she institutionalized somewhere?" ;)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jeannine D. Laughman on July 21, 2013
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Stories from her own life experience as a Mom, Daughter, Wife and Friend. Situations we can all relate to - which makes them so - well... relatable! When Linda Au tells them, they become delightfully hilarious. A wonderful follow-up to Head in the Sand!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M.M. on July 9, 2013
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This funny look at life had me laughing from cover to cover. It made me look at my day in a totally different, hilarious way. Some of my favorite chapters include "Waterbeds and the Elderly," "Things I learned from Barnabas Collins," "Dante's Nine Circles of Showering," and "Lint in my Pocket," in which the author muses about a world where toothpaste companies are discriminating against people who don't like mint. Yep. Lots of humor, sarcasm, wit and amusement in these pages. If you enjoy comedy in print, Fork in the Road is for you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SueFair on June 25, 2013
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I purchased this book direct from the author! I have her first book "Head in the Sand" and loved it so much I had to have this new one too. She says what everyone is thinking and it's FUNNY. She is a skilled humor writer. Her depiction of buying her first new car and then letting her husband drive it - and the angst that ensued - had me in stitches because that is SO me! Buy this book - you won't be disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Karin Beery on August 2, 2013
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Fork in the Road ... and Other Pointless Discussions contains over fifty essays about Au's life - her yard, husband, parents, and house. There's nothing particularly spectacular about her life. Like many of us, she married a man who seems to speak a foreign language. Her work-in-progress house won't let her finish a to-do list before creating more projects for her (or, more specifically, her husband). As a writer, she finds herself wondering about potential book titles, like What Could Go Wrong? An Electrical Rewiring Book for Dyslexics, instead of writing.

It isn't Au's unusual life the captivates - it's the way she sees it.

Au takes time to honestly explain how she feels about the unending bathroom remodel. She isn't afraid to admit to her fear of bats, or that she demanded that her husband return home this instant to save her from the deadly, winged rodent. Nothing is sacred, and nothing is secret with Au. She shares the misguided adventures with her backyard squirrel, tells you what she really thinks about water beds, and even provides helpful tips (don't dump cooked broccoli into the bottom of a kitchen trash bag in the summer if you don't have air conditioning - trust her). Some of the essays seemed to wander away from the title, but regardless of where they ended up, Au gives each situation her comedic spin.

With a combination of long and short essays, Fork in the Road is an easy, enjoyable read that kept me smiling, nodding in agreement, and thankful for an entertaining way to see the oddities of life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AUDREY FREDERIKSEN on July 29, 2013
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Linda is soooo to the point with her observations on day to day life.
I am a friend of hers, via the internet, and have been for a while, and some of the stories she tells, I can picture it soooo clearly!
It's a great book, for yourself, or to give as a gift!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 19, 2013
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Linda doesn't disappoint in her second book of humor essays. She often puts words to things we wish we could say, but don't have the guts to say it. From stories about her overgrown backyard, her engineer husband, and the bathroom remodel that just won't quit, most will be able to relate to her quips on everyday life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Annie A. on June 18, 2013
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Fork in the Road ... and other pointless discussions I've nearly always preferred humor to all other categories of entertainment. Needless to say this book of "pointless discussions" fits my requirement for humor perfectly. Linda's attention to detail in the right spots serves to enhance the situations wonderfully. Because reading sharpens one's imagination, I enjoyed envisioning the picture she paints with her words. That is, when I was able to read through the tears of laughter. I did myself a favor by putting my cares aside and picking up my Kindle to fill in those empty spots with pure fun! Not a bad trade off for anyone, I think.
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