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Another Bad-Dog Book: Essays on Life, Love, and Neurotic Human Behavior Paperback – January 5, 2017
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"Despite its title, this collection of personal essays from Cole (Toxic Feedback) is not a dog book, and only the title essay concerns the author's Chihuahua mix. Instead, this is a person book, and its scope is personal, for better or worse. Cole shares her most private thoughts: her worries that her husband is not her "best friend"; her obsession with her previous book's Amazon.com rankings; her shock, after friend-ing her high school crush on Facebook, only to discover that he is an aggressive poster of right-wing rants... Nevertheless, by the end of this friendly, honest book, the reader will feel much affection for Cole, her little brood, and her bad dog," - Publisher's Weekly --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Every page of Another Bad-Dog Book offers riotously funny and outrageously honest observations without sacrificing either Cole's fiercely intelligent insights or the lyrical brilliance of her beautiful writing." -Gina Barreca, author, columnist
"Despite its title, this collection of personal essays from Cole (Toxic Feedback) is not a dog book, and only the title essay concerns the author's Chihuahua mix. Instead, this is a person book, and its scope is personal, for better or worse...." -Publisher's Weekly
"I would describe this book as being all the roll-on-the-floor-funny, embarrassing and just plain crazy stories that your female friends have told you compiled into one handy book. Except that these stories are well articulated by an imaginative and excellent writer and they have all the guilt, shame and modesty removed from them." -Blogcritics
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Another Bad Dog is a great choice for anyone who appreciates intelligent humor. Instead of yet another mushy woman's-best-friend book, Cole riffs on the genre by describing her frustration with it:
"The very bad beagle's mischievous eyes looked up at me from dozens of display copies, all hogging the most precious of real estate in the bookstore -- the new release table at the entrance. Just seeing those floppy ears, on a hard cover no less, aroused all of my considerable professional jealousy and frustration. My new release should have been the one on that front table, that is if I had bothered to write a new release. Unfortunately, my career as an author had not been going so well, at least not since I had discovered the Watch Instantly option on Netflix."
But lucky for us, Cole does manage to write her own new release, one in which a bad dog story is merely an introduction to the more human mayhem to follow. Cole describes her inevitable disappointment of Friending a long-ago crush on Facebook, her cultural isolation as a Vermonter unexcited by knitting and backyard chickens, her career-suicide as a copywriter with too much time on her hands, and much more. She does a masterful job of finding universal meaning in small, everyday experiences and of writing honestly, hilariously, yet respectfully of the family, friends, and the hapless passers-by who pepper her stories.
You'll find yourself identifying with Cole's sentiments whether you're middle-aged or tween, male or female (my husband cracked up when I read him the essay, "The Secret"), human or...I'd even say, canine.
I do plan to read her Diaries books because they do sound very interesting tho and her writing is good I just didn't find the book as funny as everyone else seems to find it sadly. I have read other books that are the same idea that at least for me were much more laugh out loud funny.
Joni is the author of the acclaimed book for writers and teachers, TOXIC FEEDBACK - Helping Writers Survive and Thrive. She also created the three-volume THIS DAY SERIES, including WATER COOLER DIARIES - Women across America Share Their Day at Work. In those books, she observed other women's lives, but this time, she shifts the attention to her life. So buckle up honey, it's going to be quite a ride.
ANOTHER BAD DOG BOOK takes Joni into the humor memoir writing arena of authors like Jen Lancaster, Laurie Notaro and Celia Rivenbark, also affectionately known as the "laugh until you pee your pants" or "laugh until whatever you're drinking shoots out of your nose" writers. You need to know, Joni is one smart cookie. She has the unique talent for taking low moments in one's life and turning them into high comedy, or at least making you chuckle. To quote Joni, "perfecting the art of learned helplessness." She has her Masters from Dartmouth College and her book features a 2011 Pushcart Prize-nominated essay called, Strangers on a Train.
Throughout the essays in ANOTHER BAD DOG BOOK, Joni is able to find the rich texture of unremarkable days and turn them into something interesting. For instance, she captures an extremely personal, tender moment with her father at a nursing home in the essay Rest Home, but then turns the story when it risks getting too sentimental; I was jealous of dad's "lap of luxury known as the Garden Spot." When the Respiratory Therapist came to give my father a treatment "I asked him if I could have a breathing treatment, too, but he acted like I was kidding." I thought about getting a breathing treatment, much like getting a hit at one of those trendy oxygen bars.
Some of Joni's essay topics explore the special challenges of mothering a `tween, whether or not she's Vermont-y enough to fit into the Vermont Landscape, How she's always going to be a little girl to her mom, discovering the secret of "The Secret," and one of my favorites, is she emotionally well-adjusted enough to walk the labyrinth? These and many more topics are served up in ANOTHER BAD DOG BOOK.
Reading Joni's essays is like having a gossip session with a close girlfriend. You're dishing about what's going on in your neighborhood or family. Overall, some of the essays are funnier than others, but when they hit, it's huge.
Joni lives in Vermont with her husband, two daughters, cat and one (slightly) bad dog that inspired this book. She is the co-founder of the Writer's Center in White River Junction, Vermont and she's a frequent Speaker and Instructor at Writing Conferences across the country.
ANOTHER BAD DOG BOOK comes out September 13th. I'm sure by the time you finish reading Joni's book you will come to know her and her family well, although her parents whom she writes about affectionately, have since passed.
ANOTHER BAD DOG BOOK is the kind of book you want to spend some time with, much like the author, Joni B. Cole. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter and JoniBCole.com.
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