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When My Mind Wanders It Brings Back Souvenirs [Kindle Edition]

Gordon Kirkland
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The author's commentary on the humor found in everyday events ranging from marriage to parenthood, dog ownership, health issues, and more. Kirkland is a master at finding the small hidden bits of humor in events that the rest of us might just as easily overlook. His goal with his writing has always been to let his readers laugh with him and at him, and by doing so, finding a way to laugh at themselves. His previous books have been called "a must-have for all of us who love to just sit back and laugh." This book follows that tradition.
Recipient of the 2006 Stephen Leacock Award of Merit for Humour (Canada.)

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About the Author

Gordon Kirkland is one of North America's premier humorists. His syndicated column, Gordon Kirkland at Large, first appeared on August 27, 1994, and has been running in Canadian and American newspapers ever since. His first book, Justice Is Blind - And Her Dog Just Peed In My Cornflakes, won Canada's Stephen Leacock Award of Merit for Humour in 2000. His second book, Never Stand Behind A Loaded Horse drew critical acclaim with reviewers' comments such as, "nothing is sacred with someone who has no qualms about turning any situation into a fantastically funny event!" Gordon has entertained audiences at live appearances and on radio and television shows. In 2004 he was named to the faculty of the Erma Bombeck Writer's Workshop.

Product Details

  • File Size: 320 KB
  • Print Length: 205 pages
  • Publisher: At Large Publishing (December 29, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004HKIGW8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,714 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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60 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED IT! Feels like having Erma back September 6, 2011
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OK, let me start by saying I had no clue who Gordon Kirkland was. Poor european me, never heard of him, never read his columns before. BUT I'm a huge fan of Erma Bombeck. When looking for columnists with wit and humor similar to Erma's, I read about Mr Kirkland. I checked his books and decided to buy When my mind wanders it brings back souvenirs, without even trying a sample first! (me, brave!) I couldn't put it down, I kept on repeating to myself: OK, just one more column, just one more... until I finished the whole thing without noticing.
Charming, witty, the kind of intelligent humor that makes you laugh aloud. No bad words or unappropiate content needed to make us laugh, ladies and gentlemen, just a pure optimistic, humoristic view of everydays life. Love the stories about his dogs and his family and every single anecdote is purely hilarious.
After "When my mind..." I bought everything I could find in kindle, I Think I'm Having One Of Those Decades, I May Be Big But I didn't Cause That Solar Eclipse and Holly Jolly Frivolity and adored every column in them. I just got myself Justice Is Blind - And Her Dog Just Peed In My Cornflakes and Never Stand Behind A Loaded Horse in paperback (why no kindle edition!!!) and I'm ready for laughing marathon this weekend.
It may seem I've been bought by the writer to say only nice things but I haven't, as a proof let me say I didn't appreciate his novel Crossbow, where I couldn't find the Gordon Kirkland I've learned to love.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Light, fun read October 9, 2011
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I received this book as a gift, and immediately started on it. There are 4 sections, with maybe 4 or 5 newspaper columns in each section. The selections are grouped based on a general topic or storyline; each one is self-contained, and they don't follow a strict temporal sequence, though taken together, they do tell a story. The articles are 'good, clean fun', though some language or imagery used is sort of borderline - it didn't bother me in the least, but I was hoping to share this book with my 90-year old grandmother, who is VERY conservative, and I don't think I will be able to do so.

The articles are all well-written and show a wry, offbeat humor that had me laughing out loud in a few places. This author was referenced as 'a new Erma Bombeck', and from what I can remember of Erma, I would say that that is only partially true - I remember Erma's stories being superficially about herself and her family, but having a much wider application if you read between the lines. Mr. Kirkland's humor is more firmly centered around his life and misfortunes, and his family, with less general application. This is just an observation based on reviews, and should not in any way be construed as a negative comment about this book!

Highly recommended. This is pretty much family fare, though younger readers may not appreciate the type of humor Mr. Kirkland shows in his writing.

Note on Kindle formatting: Excellent. I did not notice any issues whatsoever.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another funny one from Gordon April 17, 2011
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I met Gordon a few years ago at a writer's conference, although I had cyber-met him earlier, through the Erma Bombeck Writer's Group. His books of columns are funny insights on everything from raising a family to home maintenance. His gift of laughter is reminiscent of both Erma Bombeck and Lewis Grizzard. You can buy any of his books and be assured of a guffaw or three. Or maybe even a chortle.

Gayle Carline, Author
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Reader from Muscat, Oman June 18, 2012
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This was just a silly and rather boring "small-talk" kind of book. I didn't even finish reading this one. I wouldn't recommend this book at all.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A collection of columns July 21, 2012
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This is a collection of newspaper columns that were written probably around 2000, based on the references from TV shows of the time. The columns are mildly humorous and I think they worked well for a newspaper. However, I like to read a book from start to finish, and because the columns are all disconnected, the same situations appear in different "chapters" over and over. It becomes quite tedious after a while. Not recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not that funny July 11, 2012
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Would love to write a great review as don't we all love a good laugh now and then?
Sorry to say this book didn't do it for me. It's the brand of humor he does.
If you prefer wit, this isn't it for you.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gordon Kirkland, Canada's Answer to Dave Barry January 29, 2012
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I tried the sample of "When My Mind Wanders," then bought the book, then bought three more and that was just yesterday. Kirkland is genuinely humorous and reading his columns (chapters) are breezy and enjoyable, a great way to spend an evening or a train ride or a summer's afternoon at the beach. He IS very much like Dave Barry for those of your have read Dave before "Dave Barry Turns 40," his heyday.

I will say that Kirkland is more for us middle-aged married guys (and gals, yes, "gals") than the under-30 crowd. On the other hand, you'll chuckle while reading him if you just watched your parents while growing up.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny! September 7, 2011
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Another hilarious book by the World's Funniest Canadian. A great page turner or button pusher if you have a Kindle.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars The book's editor must have gone walkabout, too.
Promising title but, unfortunately, on reading the first few pages of the extract I found it so infantile and disingenuously unfunny I couldn't be begged to read anymore.
Published 1 day ago by Paul
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Hackneyed humor about mundane things....booorrrrrinnng.
Published 5 days ago by Lady Pamela
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius
Gordon Kirkland is a writing genius. This book was very funny & entertaining. I laughed from beginning to end. One of the funniest ever.
Published 19 days ago by Cynthia J. Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny!
Read this book on the plane and it was difficult not to laugh out loud. This is so hilarious. I would recommend reading it.
Published 1 month ago by basketmaker
2.0 out of 5 stars Too repetitive
Almost every chapter he tells us how overweight and crutch bound he is
and how he hates Brocolli. OK we GET IT!!!!!!
Published 2 months ago by Robert Kinney
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed Kirkland's wandering mind!
Gordon Kirkland has the light sense of humor I appreciate after a busy day. The short chapters are easy to fit in when I have a few minutes. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ferdie4
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty cute and kind of funny.
Nice little articles. Good for before bed, because none of them take long to read. Nothing profound here, but good pleasant reading.
Published 3 months ago by Joe Bott
3.0 out of 5 stars When my mind Wanders it Brings back Souveniers - Review
It's interesting to read other's opinions on general happenings and events in life, however I did often find the short column excerpts rather rambling in style and often without a... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Leanne Brown
4.0 out of 5 stars A Laugh-Out-Loud Book
I actually enjoyed read this hilarious collection of articles. Some were just too funny for words. I would recommend this book for a really stressful day. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Lynita Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Extremely funny book. The author hits the funny bone and stays there. His humor covers the universe from marriage, skydiving, and into space in a laugh filled manner. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Ray Storey
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More About the Author

Gordon Kirkland is a three-time winner of Canada's Stephen Leacock Award of Merit for Humour. His first book, Justice Is Blind - And Her Dog Just Peed In My Cornflakes (Harbour) took the award in 2000, and his second book, Never Stand Behind A Loaded Horse (Thistledown) won it in 2005. His third book, When My Mind Wanders It Brings Back Souvenirs (AuthorHouse) won the 2006 Award. His other books of humorous essays include I Think I'm Having One Of Those Decades (2006), I May Be Big But I Didn't Cause That Solar Eclipse (2007) and Holly Jolly Frivolity (2009).

His latest book, The Plight Before Christmas is the story of a family facing numerous comedic calamities and disasters as an early 1960's holiday season rapidly approaches. This is what can happen when Murphy's Law takes over the holidays and sends them careening off in several comical directions.

His first novel, Crossbow is a darkly comedic mystery. Think Fargo without the wood chipper.

He has toured extensively throughout Canada and the United States with his books, and for speaking engagements at writer's conferences, festivals and other events.

Kirkland wrote the syndicated humor column Gordon Kirkland At Large for newspapers in Canada and the USA from 1994 to 2007. He is also a frequent guest on radio and television in both countries.

He says he grew up in a family filled with laughter, with his late mother being the one who would most frequently "stir the pot." He often recalls that "she had a point system for us. We got 10 points if we could make a sibling pass a liquid through their sinuses at the dinner table."

Kirkland suffered a spinal cord injury in 1990, and "walks" with the aid of forearm crutches. He makes it part of his mission to prove that people with disabilities can still have a sense of humor.

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