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Product Details

  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1461008867
  • ISBN-13: 978-1461008866
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #675,275 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bjorklund has a real down-home writing style - peppered with clever observations and perspective - that connects with the average person, especially if that average person is a beach lover and a Jimmy Buffett fan.
The book is filled with tropical lifestyle fantasies and references, from a talking red parrot wearing a straw hat to an appearance (in a dream) by Jimmy Buffett himself to lots of beach bars and crusty characters. It's an easy read, a fun read and - oh yes - a definite escape from the cold, snow, and stress. --Beach Maniac

Anthony's characters and analogies drew me in. Never preachy and with many laugh out loud moments, it is thought provoking and makes you reflect on truly slowing down and savoring the many good things in life. --Rum Therapy

From the Author

As a lover of all things Jimmy Buffett, I've always worn the title of Parrot Head proudly. When I set out to write my second book after my science fiction humor story "I Was Evicted From Earth!", I wanted to write something that was closer to me, and this definitely qualifies; a healthy portion of the main character's experiences are based at least in some small way on my own, and many of his thoughts are mine. It's not quite the story of me, but it's not that far off, either.

I think there is something ever appealing about the search to truly enjoy one's life, to take the perfect moments we have, whatever they may be, and spend more time with them. Put simply, that's what this book with the very long title is about; to find the song that makes your soul sing, and write verse after verse. That and drinking a lot of rum and margaritas, since I've found they tend to blend well with that very enjoyment. And of course having a little Jimmy for a soundtrack never hurts either.

So if you've ever sat in the sun on a beach or around a campfire in a forest and wished the moment would never end, this book is about you, too. I've felt that way many a time in Key West. And pulled up on the sandbar on Gull Lake, kicking back on the S.S. Lazy Lizard, a pontoon that is much more than a simple, sturdy craft; like Key West it's my island of escape to more of those perfect moments that "I'm Gonna Live My Life Like a Jimmy Buffett Song" is all about.

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I'm extremely grateful for the warm reception my books have received, and that I have such a wonderful group of fans. I hope our relationship continues for many years to come; thank you all so much!

Customer Reviews

Great book and fun easy read.
Amazon Customer
The story reads well, has quite a few Laugh out Loud moments and is a story you cannot put down!
One Bulldog One Love
Mildly interesting plot and mediocre writing.
David Finlay

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Trailblazer on April 25, 2011
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Well just finished reading this book...I found it an easy read, in fact very interesting and thought provoking. Each chapter made me want to continue to see where your adventure would take you and also made me think about my own life and that we all should live in the moment....So a Big Thumbs UP on it....
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Julia K Weeks on May 21, 2011
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this was a quick read and was fun. makes me want to sell everything i have, quit my painful depressing job and move to the islands.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By One Bulldog One Love on May 24, 2011
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This was my first book on my brand new Kindle... What a fun ride of a story! Being a parrothead myself reading a title as great as this one was a no
brain-er. The story reads well, has quite a few Laugh out Loud moments and is a story you cannot put down!
This would be a great read for poolside vacation or a day at the beach... and if you can't make it there, try your back deck with a margarita in hand!
(just try not to spill it on the pages) Thanks for a wonderful read!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Hemlock on May 17, 2012
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This book is not a novel. It's not an adventure, it's not a mystery and it has no real plot. It's a frame tale, ala Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. Once you realize this, the book is excellent in its own way.

Chaucer's Canterbury Tales is usually thought of as a chronicle of King Arthur, but the basis for the book, travelers at a roadside crossing swapping stories on the road to Canterbury, creates a frame for the stories -- it doesn't define the stories themselves. In the same vein, author Anthony Bjorkland uses his protagonist as the frame for the tales, loosely tied to an escape from reality that everyone would love to make. But the tales, while connected, are individual stories.

Bjorkland's writing is wonderful, fresh and descriptive. But, more importantly, it's universal. For every situation in the book, the reader can either imagine or relive a near-identical experience. Bjorkland's prose does not follow most conventions, and the descriptions are universally unique. Yep, it's an oxymoron. But one that fits. Take this description of the routine fender bender on the side of the road slowing traffic to a crawl, found in chapter 1:

"...the gawkers were slowing things down even further, seizing this incredibly exciting, once in a lifetime opportunity to see a dented car."

All of us have seen it. All of us have thought it. None of us have expressed it so eloquently and with such adroit sarcasm. That's the basis for the attraction to Bjorkland's tales. And the reason this book gets five stars.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Edward Obertubbesing on August 22, 2011
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I ordered this book just before going away on a solo beach vacation. The wife and the kids were away on an extended trip and I planned my own beach get-away. This book was the perfect companion and actually ended up serving as the guide to my mini-vacation. The book is an enjoyable read and was well suited to reading while sitting in my beach chair watching the waves roll in. I found the book providing motivation for my own change in latitude as I sat in the sand reading of the character escaping from his former life. The book offers some ocassional lines that make you stop and think - and dream - of your own escape. If you accept the book for what it is - an easy read and a pleasant screenplay for the dreams in your own head - you'll be happy with it. It suited that purpose for me. Enjoy it yourself while sitting in your own beach chair, and then go have a cold margarita!
P.S. The author has set up a nice page on Facebook by the same name as the book - when you're done with the book you can continue to get your fix of living like a Jimmy Buffett song there.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Samantha on February 8, 2013
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A fun "summer read" but seemed self-published, i.e. some typos, grammar errors etc. I recommend istening to Jimmy's music instead.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By davecohn44 on August 25, 2011
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I am a huge fan of Jimmy Buffett. Since becoming a fan, I have said that he is my idol because I would not only love to live my life just like he does, but always longed for the world he sings about in his songs. I love his music and when I discovered that he was also an author, I read and loved all of his books. When I saw an ad for this book on FaceBook I immediately ordered it from Amazon. I am currently reading it on the beach in Chincoteague, VA. So far, I am enjoying it immensely. Thank you Anthony Bjorklund, and thank you Amazon.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 1, 2012
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Just finished reading this fun and home-hitting story. As a 45 year old guy who left the Northeast for the sunny skies of Clearwater, Florida, I "get" this story. Written in an easy style. The book goes well with a boat drink and a cigar (which I always have by my side).

Just for the fun read, support the author and buy the book. It will put a smile on your face.
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