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Of Moose and Men : A Skewed Look at Life in Alaska Paperback – February 24, 1999

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I found this book a unique tome... it makes an Englishman who has never been to Alaska, laugh out loud -- e-mail from Mark J. Evans, UK March 21 1999

Poynor has a warped sense of humor. Poynor's columns, which read something like an Alaskan version of Patrick McManus... -- Fairbanks Daily News Miner, January 16, 2000

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As publisher, what first caught my attention was the flow of all this funny material flashing across my CRT. That might be because I'm also the author. (The reader pauses, little droplets of sweat forming on their forehead. "Oh, no," they think, "more self-published, ego-massaging drivel.") Please don't panic... remain calm. You can test-read a section of the book. If you don't laugh while reading "Whoee Doggies," you probably wouldn't like the rest of the book- but I'm betting you will.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: OMM Books (February 24, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0966791509
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966791501
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #401,549 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

A. E. Poynor was born in Michigan, and grew up moving around the country. He first dragged his wife and daughter to Alaska in 1976 for the last three years of the seven he served in the army. During those three years, the family grew to four, with the addition of a son, and Alaska got into his blood.

Described as, "One of the dumbest things I could have done... aside from urinating on an electric fence," he left Alaska to attend school following his discharge. Five years passed before he and the family made it back to Alaska in 1984, settling in Kenai, where A.E. and his wife still live.

Poynor's day job as a technical writer in the refining industry was balanced with a humor column he wrote for nineteen years. The column received three awards from the Alaska Press Club in the humor category, which is open to all forms of media. His writing has also appeared in several magazines.

In late 2010 Poynor took early retirement from the refining industry to pursue a new career in freelance writing. When not writing, A.E. splits his time between recreational mining, fishing, shooting and other outdoor activities.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Linda Noel on March 18, 2012
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I love how the author sees the humor living where the majority of us in the lower 48 couldn't cut it. Though the chapters are only a few pages long each, I can only read maybe three chapters at a time because my face starts hurting from continually smiling or laughing out loud. The best part is I believe every word he writes is true that makes it even more funny.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Virginia on December 20, 2011
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Have had my autographed copy since 1999 and can always depend on it to have a laugh or 20 when down in the dumps. Until A.E. retired from The Peninsula Clarion I also read his weekly column. So glad that "Of Moose and Men" is now available for Kindle, it will be with me where ever I go.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By captnfrankie on April 9, 2012
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As an Aussie Ive never been to Alaska..but I like the idea of the place from seeing it on TV..book was very funny and I highly reccomend it..
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Annie on November 25, 2012
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Not many books make me guffaw and this one did. The author captures the quirks of living in an environment that is challenging and extreme. It probably added to the enjoyment of the book that I have spent time living in similar climates and have been a frequent Alaskan visitor. I highly recommend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tennessee Rose on January 19, 2014
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Overall it is an amusing read....from someone who has observed the life of people around him. There is one chapter, however, that I laughed till I cried...it is hilarious. The Winter Sports chapter is one of the best ever written.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BREIER YERACHMIEL on January 7, 2014
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After the Klondike the best report on Alaska today.,
Behind the humor the true story comes out sharp and clear.
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I LOVED this book. I have never visited Alaska, much less lived there, but I have a feeling this humorous book captures the spirit (and many of the experiences) of many of the residents there. I often read this book before going to bed with my husband and he had to use ear plugs more than once because I could not stifle my laughter, especially when I was taking the SAT (Standardized Alaskan Test) at the end of the book. I need to quite writing now so I can buy the next book by this author about Alaska.
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By Cedarlila on May 9, 2015
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Like any book of essays, some are better than others. Some will have you rolling on the floor gasping for breath and wiping tears from your eyes. I started reading it in bed (a mistake!) and had to get up to go read the dog essay to my fiancé. This is well worth the price, even if you have never lived in Alaska (I have) and you may well recognize neighbors and family in his pungent sketches of people and the crazy things they do. Enjoy!
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