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What Would Erma Do? Confessions of a First-Time Humor Columnist [Kindle Edition]

Gayle Carline
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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Book Description

One humor writer's entrance into the world of newspaper columns, and how she juggled being a wife, mother, and full-time exaggerator.

Editorial Reviews


I've known Gayle Carline for several years. In this book she shows her strengths as a humorist commenting on the world we all live in. I strongly recommend you read this book, and enjoy it as I have.
--Gordon Kirkland, Smashwords

From the Author

I laughed out loud when I read this book - oh, wait, I'm the author. Well, I laughed out loud while I was writing it, although I wasn't always laughing when the events I wrote about were happening!

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  • File Size: 492 KB
  • Print Length: 248 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004LX0D04
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #521,666 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Want a good laugh...guaranteed laughs. May 9, 2011
By Vallyn
I absolutely loved this book. It started with me laughing out loud at "...unless you count my Christmas letter of 1995. I have to admit, it was a killer." and continued through out the whole book. I love reading the columns and now I can't help but wonder if someone has changed any of the title or left out the good part of columns that I have read. Nothing like reading a humor columnist columns and laughing. Great fast read!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Grins and Giggles! March 8, 2011
By Cheryl
A cute collection of the best of Ms. Carline's weekly column combined with the background story (as she remembers it!). The story of Marcus and only one pair of underwear was priceless! Oh, why did she even ask?? There are some things a mom just doesn't want to know!!

Personal favorites: Adventures with SlugBoy; Stupidity for Dummies! and Canine Leakage.

Her rendition of Jingle Bells also begged to be sung aloud.

Oh, and Gayle, your friend from the grocery store...she moved here. I met her while in line near the fish counter.

*This book was provided free through the Goodreads First Reads program with the expectation of an honest review. My opinions are my own. Crossposted
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Job well done! April 26, 2011
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This book is full of down to earth, real life occurrences, made easier to manage. It shows a lighter side to everyday life. I especially enjoyed the story about, "Mens Laws." I can really relate to that on a daily basis. "Mothers Day," put a smile on my face, oh if only that millionaire could work magic! I truly enjoyed reading this straight from, 'The Days of Our Lives,' concept. It put a smile on my face from ear to ear, and I laughed all the way through it. I highly recommend it for anyone thinking life is caving in on you. It will put a smile back on your face too, I'll bet.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Erma? April 3, 2012
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This author compared herself to Erma Bombeck. That was a mistake. Some of her book was humorous but not at the level of Erma Bombeck. If you want to read laugh out loud books then go for the genuine Erma Bombeck titles.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not Funny! March 20, 2014
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Gayle Carline needs a long way to go before she can be called a humorous writer. Her stories are mundane and flat. She tries to redeem herself with a "funny" punch line at the end of each column. For her to even evoke Erma Bombeck's name in the title of her book is sacrilegious because Erma was one of the funniest humor columnists in journalism and SHE could turn ordinary life experiences into something to laugh about. Carline, on the other hand, just tries to imitate Erma, without success. I read lots of humorous books to help me guage what is funny with respect to the humorous book I am writing. The only thing I learned from Carline was I am a lot funnier than she is.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Nowhere close to Erma's level March 25, 2013
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Collection of short columns that appeared in the author's local paper, along with commentary.

Carline is nowhere near as funny as Erma Bombeck. Not even in the same universe. The most her columns produced was a rare, mild smile. Her "commentary" was closer to braggadocio than fact, and not even as interesting as the columns. I actually paid money for this, deluded by the reference to the hysterically funny Bombeck. It's not awful, but don't make the same mistake I did. Spelling, grammar, and Kindle formatting were all acceptable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and entertaining January 13, 2013
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I enjoyed this book quite a bit--highly recommend it for those who like reading humorous short pieces. A good book to keep going back to for those of us who only have short times for reading each day...But it's pretty easy to keep reading though!
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2.0 out of 5 stars review September 21, 2012
By Sally J
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This book is only OK. A little slow, and silly. I guess I just mistakenly expected more from it...very transparent
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars No Erma! Not even close!
Here's a hint, if you have to set up each "column" for readers of your book, you have already gone too far. Erma never had to set up anything, her vignettes did if for her. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Reader4Life
4.0 out of 5 stars Different
This was a compilation of Gayle Carlines newspaper columns. While I found the book interesting and humorous, I did not find it laugh out loud funny. But I enjoyed it.
Published 12 months ago by By Roadwarrior
1.0 out of 5 stars Did not read
The other book (Are You There Erma) was so disappointing that I did not read this book. I have learned a lesson, only buy one book at a time.
Published on January 10, 2013 by Beverly McCleese
5.0 out of 5 stars Life told from a [very funny] woman's perspective
This is quite possibly the funniest book I have ever read. Gayle Carline is incredibly skilled at injecting humor into everyday life. Read more
Published on July 25, 2012 by M. Littlefield
4.0 out of 5 stars Erma would be so proud.
Erma Bombeck was my hero. This book is written in the spirit of a great woman. Good job Gayle. I found this to be classic new writer should do. I wish I was this good.
Published on July 24, 2012 by Jacque B. Strode
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
Well written and humorous! This is my 2d Gayle Carline book and it was just as good or better as the first! Gimme MORE Gayle!
Published on June 7, 2012 by itllgetbetter
4.0 out of 5 stars Rocky start but gets SO MUCH better with time....
This is a story about Gayle's first two years in the humor columnist biz. You can see the change in her work as time goes along. Read more
Published on May 25, 2012 by kklinz
4.0 out of 5 stars Laugh Out Loud
I loved Gayle's book. Her columns are just long enough for me to read when I have only a few minutes, but need to reflect on daily life and laugh about it. Read more
Published on February 26, 2012 by Claudia Whitsitt
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More About the Author

Gayle Carline is a typical Californian, meaning that she was born somewhere else. She moved to Orange County from Illinois in 1978, and landed in Placentia a few years later.

Her husband, Dale, bought her a laptop for Christmas in 1999 because she wanted to write. A year after that, he gave her horseback riding lessons. When she bought her first horse, she finally started writing.

Gayle began writing journalistic pieces for California Riding Magazine, then quickly added "humor columnist" to her resume with a weekly column in her local newspaper, the Placentia News-Times. What she really wanted to do was write mysteries, however, so in 2009 she crossed that off her list with the first of her Peri Minneopa mysteries.

Never at a loss for words or stories, she will continue to write as long as the ideas keep popping into her head. In her spare time, Gayle likes to sit down with friends and laugh over a glass of wine. And maybe plan a little murder and mayhem for the next novel.

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