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Product Details

  • Paperback: 138 pages
  • Publisher: C. D. Bonner (August 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098579500X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985795009
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,121,892 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"deftly weaves absorbing stories of childhood adventures, and country comedy with family humor. He incorporates snippets of history worthy of being included in American Southern literature."

"side-splitting laughter...as well as some somber moments that draw the heartstrings tight."

I laughed until my sides ached while reading, and continued to chuckle and smile for days later as I relived Bonner's "tongue in cheek" accounts of his family life and reflected on my own childhood foibles.
by Richard R. Blake, for Reader Views 9 Nov 2012

"This autobiographical book of short stories touches the heart of those of us from Mr. Bonner's generation, and is a good illustration for younger folk of what it was like to live in simpler times...
 
I also could identify with...such things as being taken to the vet in a community that prized it's horses and cattle more than it did its children.
 
When I started the book, I'd thought I might read through the first few stories, but I couldn't put the book down. I know that Mr. Bonner must have many more stories to share...perhaps he'll do a sequel"
 
Dawn Edwards, Kindle Book Review

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Review from Richard R. Blake, for Reader Views: 
In Talk Slower Than I Think, author C. D. Bonner shares poignant stories and unforgettable memories of growing up in Alabama and Georgia in the sixties and seventies.
 
He deftly weaves absorbing stories of childhood adventures, and country comedy with family humor through the use of Southern humor, touching anecdotes on parenting, and treasured memories of his youth. He incorporates snippets of history worthy of being included in American Southern literature.
 
The book is made up of 52 true short stories gleaned from the favorites repeated over and over again at family gatherings, told and retold over the years, to side-splitting laughter, unmerciful teasing, as well as some somber moments that draw the heartstrings tight. Bonner's sketches bring new meaning to the depth of family love and the joy that comes through meaningful friendships.
 
I laughed until my sides ached while reading, and continued to chuckle and smile for days later as I relived Bonner's "tongue in cheek" accounts of his family life and reflected on my own childhood foibles. I enjoyed the accounts of fun loving Pawpaw and Granny. They taught the boys lessons as they met the boys' mischief with their own pranks. Highlights for me were the tales motivated by "dares," driven by curiosity, or instigated out of sheer boredom.
 
I Talk Slower Than I Think by C. D. Bonner includes satire, side-splitting comedy, and emotionally-packed stories, of family love, loyal friendships, and a proud legacy of uncompromising ethics, and expressions of parental love.
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Reviewed by Richard R. Blake, for Reader Views
 
Read more: seattlepi.com/lifestyle/blogcritics/article/Book-Review-I-Talk-Slower-Than-I-Think-An-4024995.php#ixzz2BuNegbqj

More About the Author

C. D. (Dean) Bonner left the tarpaper shacks of Appalachia for a long military career, rising through the enlisted and officer ranks. He was a skilled Morse telegrapher and a calming voice during many search and rescue cases. He left a town of 300 souls to travel the world, living in Boston, New Orleans, DC, and even on the island of Guam for a couple of years. C. D. has a taste for things archaic, such as restoring Studebaker automobiles and antique tube radios, and is a weekend gold prospector. His partner PJ, a multi-talented artist, shares these same interests. Together, they travel and spend time at homes in Alabama and Virginia. C. D. has several upcoming projects, including recording several CDs of original humor for satellite radio and writing a new compilation of short stories.

Dean worked as a paid columnist at The Dadeville Record and is a freelance writer for Lake Magazine and for Lake Martin Living magazine.
He was a contributing editor for Lisa Ditchkoff's "The Girl with Caterpillar Eyebrows."
He was a winner in nonfiction at the July 2013 Alabama Writers' Conclave, competing against writers nationwide for his personal essay, "Seeking Asylum."



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I have already recommended this book to several family members and friends.
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Each story can stand on its own so it is a great book to chip away at for bedtime reading.
William Ogden Haynes
It has humor, drama and true-to-life tales that are guaranteed to inspire you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Kindle Book Review on November 5, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
This autobiographical book of short stories touches the heart of those of us from Mr. Bonner's generation, and is a good illustration for younger folk of what it was like to live in simpler times without modern electronic gadgets.

Mr. Bonner illustrates how much more fun it was to make one's own games and enforce the rules than it is nowadays when children don't even know how to organize their own games. I also could identify with Bonner in such things as being taken to the vet in a community that prized it's horses and cattle more than it did its children.

When I started the book, I'd thought I might read through the first few stories, but once started, I couldn't put the book down. I know that Mr. Bonner must have many more stories to share, and that it was difficult for him to choose which ones to use in his book. Perhaps he'll do a sequel. I'd certainly hope so.

Well done, Mr. Bonner.

Dawn Edwards, Kindle Book Review

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By William Ogden Haynes on October 5, 2013
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Some of the reviews of this book emphasize the humor that it contains and there is certainly that in good measure. But I found that many of the stories were evocative and moving as well. The memoirs take us back to a simpler time and place before the intrusion of technology into the lives of children growing up. Those of us who grew up in that era can identify with most of the tales whether they are humorous or poignant. Each story can stand on its own so it is a great book to chip away at for bedtime reading. I congratulate Mr. Bonner on a job well done and would highly recommend this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Fonda on October 6, 2012
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Delightful humorous stories. Anyone who has grown up in the South will relate to these stories. I guess it is what we would call the good old days.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By V. Kimball on September 15, 2012
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When I was a child, grandma's stories about her life and times were always the best entertainment. As I started reading CD Bonner's tales of his life and times, I found the same vivid descriptions of my grandmother's stories. I was eager to continue each short story in this collection, because I knew that I was going to be entertained by someone who was passionate about observing childhood events enough to bring it back to life for a second go around for others to experience as a passionate storyteller! Just like grandma's stories, they were funny, emotional, and at times down right comical.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By TLB on September 10, 2012
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I LOVE books like this that talk about old true stories and the way things used to be. The book is an easy read. And very funny. I love the cover too! Great picture to represent the book. I have already recommended this book to several family members and friends.
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