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Four Eyes Were Never Better Than Two...and other observations [Kindle Edition]

Kelly Coleman Potter
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Kelly Coleman Potter, once known in inner circles as Smelly Kelly, doesn’t see things like most of us do. This could be due to the nearsightedness that presented itself in third grade when she became known as four-eyed Smelly Kelly, but it’s not. According to her high school Journalism teacher, Potter has a unique perspective and outlook on life. She still doesn’t know if that was a compliment or an insult – or perhaps, just a nice way to say she’s weird.

In this collection of essays, Four Eyes Were Never Better Than Two…and other observations, Potter offers a candid look at the human condition with tales recounting the past and present. From her younger days of dreaming about being a Dallas Cowboy cheerleader so she could own pom-poms to sex education taught by a Joyce Dewitt look-alike, Potter confesses all – including the ironic account of throwing up on a dog named Ralph.

No stranger to embarrassment, she writes of cold sores that require an exorcism and the torture that was seventh grade gym class, capturing the angst, humiliation, and absurdity in those moments that often define us as individuals. Observations include: desperation can make a person do some pretty stupid things like answering a personal ad, hot wax is best left in the hands of a professional if you value your lips, and nothing is so surprising as the man who claims to hate dancing busting a move in a hospital recovery room.

Even if you’ve never had to admit in a public setting that you’re having your period, passed out at the eye doctor’s office, or had an illogical fear of a lawn mower, Potter’s self-deprecating wit and sometimes bizarre sense of humor will make you glad these things only happen on sit-coms… or to her.


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I am absolutely convinced that, were I born female, Kelly's book would describe me to a T...it's as if she's my alter-ego hogging both X chromosomes! There are so many similarities...from nicknames (Smelly Kelly vs. Thomas' English Muffins), to the need for glasses (she was blessed earlier than I...but I didn't escape high-school without them), to stories of the Prom, Kelly's stories are heartfelt, hilarious, and totally believable.

LOVE this book! And so will you!!!!!  ---Tom Harvey author of The Eighties: A Bitchen Time To Be a Teenager and Don't Fight With the Garden Hose and Other Lessons I've Learned Along the Way.

As an avid reader and fellow author, I have always believed that it is a sign of true talent when a writer can make you laugh out loud or quietly weep as your read their words. Kelly Coleman Potter's book, Four Eyes Were Never Better Than Two, made me laugh and also tugged at my heart strings for the little girl who grew into a woman whose self-depricating humor makes her real, raw and honest. Bravo Kelly, Keep up the great work! - Melissa Collier, turning 44 ...living beyond his years       

About the Author

Kelly Coleman Potter is the author of "Off-Kelter," a weekly humor column that ran in print for ten years, and two books - A Little Off-Kelter...the parenting years, Four Eyes Were Never Better Than Two...and other observations. Potter began writing at a very young age - about as soon as she could hold a pencil and form words. She's a professional kid wrangler, having successfully raised two sons into adulthood who are both members of the world's greatest Navy. Her hobbies used to include ranting, "You kids are going to drive me to drinking," and collecting loose change in parking lots and couch cushions for her lobotomy fund. Now, they include writing, bragging about her handsome sailor sons, and hanging out with her four dogs. Potter is married to her husband of twenty-three years and resides somewhere in the cornfields of Indiana. She still never passes up a nickel laying on the ground because the lobotomy is never totally out of the question.


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kellycolemanpotter.blogspot.com/

twitter.com/KColemanPotter

Product Details

  • File Size: 937 KB
  • Print Length: 195 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 061595877X
  • Publisher: Kelly Coleman Potter (January 22, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HZWLO88
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #750,706 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 Heartfelt, endearing, and hilarious! March 31, 2014
Format:Paperback
I am absolutely convinced that, were I born female, Kelly's book would describe me to a T...it's as if she's my alter-ego hogging both X chromosomes! There are so many similarities...from nicknames (Smelly Kelly vs. Thomas' English Muffins), to the need for glasses (she was blessed earlier than I...but I didn't escape high-school without them), to stories of the Prom, Kelly's stories are heartfelt, hilarious, and totally believable.

LOVE this book! And so will you!!!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another humorous book by Kelly! March 21, 2014
By Melanie
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Kelly once again brings me back to my childhood.....letting me know that I must have had a "normal" childhood if she experienced the same things too! I like to read before bedtime just to wind down for the day, can't be put to sleep by Kelly's books because I am laughing too hard!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!!! March 6, 2014
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5 stars all the way I love this book so much I had to buy another copy of it just so I don't get in trouble at work for having my phone out. Waiting for the next book to come out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars laugh out loud while crying happy tears funny. September 2, 2014
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I have not enjoyed a book this much in a very long time. I feel like I'm having flashbacks to my youth as the author and I share many embarrassing life events in common.

There were so many times while reading this book that my husband asked me what was so funny....I just pointed to my kindle...because I couldn't speak from laughing so much. I was a little sad when I came to the last page...I've had such a wonderful time reminiscing with an old friend...at least that's what it felt like for me.
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As an avid reader and fellow author, I have always believed that it is a sign of true talent when a writer can make you laugh out loud or quietly weep as your read their words. Kelly Coleman Potter's book, Four Eyes Were Never Better Than Two, made me laugh and also tugged at my heart strings for the little girl who grew into a woman whose self-depricating humor makes her real, raw and honest. Bravo Kelly, Keep up the great work!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Priceless! March 31, 2014
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Kelly has such an easy going style that she has you laughing...without warning! The stories in this book are priceless. All written from the heart; stories we can ALL relate to! Yes, even us guys!

Great job Kelly! Really great job!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What a delightful read! September 14, 2014
By RMG
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I adored this book! Hilarious, witty, and charming. It was a struggle to put the book down. Kelly provides a delightful, if sometimes humorously painful, walk down memory lane. How I can relate! It felt like she was sitting in my living room swapping childhood (and childrearing) stories.

I would truly love to give this book the 5-star, A-grade its stories and humor deserve. Really, I would. The English teacher in me, however, just can't overlook the need for proofreading. With a little polishing, this will be a 6-star winner!
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I just finished this book over the weekend and wow yet again I laughed and got a bit teary eyed. Kelly has a way with words and she definitely hit a home run with this book, I highly recommend it to anyone who has ever gone through a hard time growing up or maybe has a kid who is having a hard time, this one will bring home the reality of coming of age. Again Kelly is amazing and I can't wait to read her next book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Relaxing, fun book!
This is an enjoyable, funny read. It brings back so many memories even though we're a generation apart. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Janelle
5.0 out of 5 stars continually laughed and related to her stories about childhood and...
Oh my gosh, I continually laughed and relived my own childhood and parenthood. I tried reading in bed but the bed would shake as I tried laughing silently so as not to disturb my... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Fran
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very fun to "relive" my childhood days. Lots of LOL moments!
Published 1 month ago by Susan Clouse
5.0 out of 5 stars A good many of the author's experiences and references took me ...
I was born and raised in a small town in the midwest AND grew up during the 70's/80's. A good many of the author's experiences and references took me back to my own childhood and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jenny Brandhorst
5.0 out of 5 stars Liked
I enjoyed this book. very well written and quite entertaining. very relatable stories. I definitely recommend this writer. love her style.
Published 1 month ago by Debbie
5.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining and humorous.
I really enjoyed this book because It took place in the area I grew up in and still live in. Also it took place the same time I was going through Kelly's experiences. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bobbi Haynes
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it!
I loved this book. Brought back memories. I had a few laughs at myself while Kelly told her stories. Great job! Can't wait for book number 3.
Published 5 months ago by Andrew Garber
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, insightful tales from Indiana
This collection of columns provides a truly entertaining and often hilarious take on what it means to be a daughter, sister, wife, mother and writer. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Krinzgal
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More About the Author

Kelly Coleman Potter is the author of "Off-Kelter," a weekly humor column that ran in print for ten years, and two books - A Little Off-Kelter...the parenting years, Four Eyes Were Never Better Than Two...and other observations. Potter began writing at a very young age - about as soon as she could hold a pencil and form words. She's a professional kid wrangler, having successfully raised two sons into adulthood who are both members of the world's greatest Navy. Her hobbies used to include ranting, "You kids are going to drive me to drinking," and collecting loose change in parking lots and couch cushions for her lobotomy fund. Now, they include writing, bragging about her handsome sailor sons, and hanging out with her four dogs. Potter is married to her husband of twenty-three years and resides somewhere in the cornfields of Indiana. She still never passes up a nickel laying on the ground because the lobotomy is never totally out of the question.

Visit me:

http://www.facebook.com/kellycolemanpotter

http://kellycolemanpotter.blogspot.com/

https://twitter.com/KColemanPotter


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