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Laughing through Life [Kindle Edition]

Connie Corcoran Wilson
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Book Description

"Laughing through Life" is the book of funny essays and observations that critics have called "Erma-Bombeck-meets-David-Sedaris," with hilarious results. You'll find yourself nodding your head in recognition of many of the situations that a young mother, teacher and business-owner encountered while raising 2 children born 19 years apart (PTA membership from 1973 to 2010!). Connie's adventures while covering the 2004 and 2008 presidential campaigns with press passes also will amuse---especially if you thought "W" was a bonehead. (If you are not a progressive, you might not laugh quite as heartily. Be warned.) Smile. Enjoy! Laugh through life with Ava & Elise Wilson, the author's 2-year-old twin granddaughters, who provide a never-ending supply of funny anecdotes, (just when she thought it was safe to go back in the water.)


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About the Author

Connie (Corcoran) Wilson, M.S., is the author of a dozen books that range from a collection of noir short stories, to an illustrated children's book for her 2-year-old twin granddaughters, to a scholarly book on teaching. She's been writing for 55 years and has 2 children, born 19 years apart (unrelated life events, but equally noteworthy). She taught at all 6 colleges in the IA/IL Quad Cities and was the film and book critic for the Quad City Times for over a decade. More recently, she covered the 2004 and 2008 presidential campaigns for a variety of blogs. She was named Content Producer of the Year in 2008 by a 400,000 member blog (Associated Content), now writes for Yahoo, and was the Midwest Writing Center David R. Collins Writer of the Year (3/20/2010). She has taught composition at both junior high and college levels and founded Sylvan Learning Center #3301 and the Prometric Testing Center in Bettendorf, Iowa. Her schools include the University of Iowa, Berkeley, WIU, NIU, and the University of Chicago. Connie's unique (and frequently slyly humorous) take on her journey through life is reflected in "Laughing through Life," a book of anecdotes and essays described as "Erma-Bombeck-Meets-David-Sedaris." See also "It Came from the '70s," (www.ItCamefromtheSeventies.com), "Hellfire & Damnation" (www.HellfireandDamnationtheBook.com), and "Ghostly Tales of Route 66" (www.GhostlyTalesofRoute66.com) to fully comprehend just how far-reaching (some would say random) Connie's interests are and how little she likes to be trapped writing in just one genre. (A screenplay for her first novel "Out of Time" was a "Writer's Digest" screenplay winner in 2007 and "Amazing Andy, the Wonder Chicken" won a Whim's Place Flash Fiction competition.) If you don't laugh at least some of the time at the selections in "Laughing through Life," you should check your pulse to see if you are still conscious. Check www.ConnieCWilson.com and/or www.WeeklyWilson.com, the author's blog, for additional information on this prolific writer of humor, horror and everything in-between.

Product Details

  • File Size: 338 KB
  • Print Length: 181 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0982444834
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Quad City Press (July 5, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005AVTQ0O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,825,268 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Gift for Laughter October 15, 2011
Format:Paperback
Connie Corcoran Wilson connects dead-bang with readers' funnybones with her hilarious takes on the absurdities of life. Like Erma Bombeck and Jean Kerr before her, Ms. Wilson excavates the funny from life's reversals, frustrations and revelations. With a strong progressive slant, the author takes on politics, teenagers, grandparenting, friendship and the foibles of being a human being on planet Earth in the 21st century. If you're looking for a laugh, you find plenty in LAUGHING THROUGH LIFE.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 'Laughing Through Life' an Extremely Enjoyable Read! August 7, 2013
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This book will provide smiles, laughs and brighten your day... smart and well written... what more could you ask for?

And those children on the cover are downright adorable!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Humor is good for you October 10, 2011
Format:Paperback
This book of humorous essays was probably extra-funny for me because I live in the same geographic area the author does and recognized many of the situations and characters. I'm more like her politically too, so her ruthless commentary on that front amused me. However, her childhood experiences, dinner party foibles, cell phone aggravation, and medical malfunctions should be universal in reader recognition. This was an easy-to-read book perfect to have at your bedside table to dip into just before going to sleep. What could be better than a good chuckle at that time of day?

The one thing that I found misleading was the front cover showing two toddlers swinging each other around and laughing with a blurb on the back cover stating "Laugh through life with Ava & Elise Wilson, the author's 2-year-old twin granddaughters, who provide a never-ending supply of funny anecdotes...." Well, I didn't come across any granddaughter anecdotes. Will they be in the next book?
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3.0 out of 5 stars To each their own.... December 8, 2011
By GMR
Format:Kindle Edition
On the surface, it appeared hilarious, but for me...not such a glowing experience. I'm not a huge fan of politics and about half the book deals with her experiences and feelings regarding those that assist in running our country. Also there was a tendency to over share that ran the course of amusing to simply TMI (as in Too Much Information).

There were some redeeming qualities and moments of mirth worth noting though. For instance, the injected thoughts of her granddaughter add a little spark of home to the story and I did enjoy the story about her daughter and the cell phone company. Too true and too funny! Let's not forget the mock interview story where a student in class chose a particular restaurant establishment that generally maintains employees wearing low cut shirts, and tiny shorts, as her "test interview". It lead to a most uncomfortable situation for the interviewer to the point that even the interviewee realized things weren't going so well. Definitely smile worthy there.

So, for me....it didn't reach laugh-inducing levels of hilarity but there were some good for a smile. It wasn't quite my cup of tea if hard pressed, but to each their own. I'm sure given the proper audience, it will be all over in no time flat.

(Full review can be seen on my blog site as listed in my profile. Book was received in exchange for an honest review.)
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More About the Author

I am a University of Iowa grad and college professor with 59 years of writing experience. I've written for 5 newspapers and 7 blogs, founded 2 businesses, play 4 musical instruments, and have 2 children (born 19 years apart). I followed the '04 and '08 and '12 presidential campaigns "live," wrote for Yahoo, and am sometimes referred to as T.Q. (Trivia Queen) from my misspent hours in the British Pub Quiz room on AOL. I also have 2-year-old twin granddaughters (Ava pictured) who are great fun.

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