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Driving on the Wrong Side of the Road: Humorous Views On Love, Lust, & Lawncare by [Estill, Diana]
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Driving on the Wrong Side of the Road by Diana Estill is a sparkling collection of humorous vignettes that range from the anecdotal to the philosophical--and almost everything in between.

Drawing mainly from her own experiences, from youth right through to Grandma-hood, and with her tongue lodged firmly in her cheek, Diana Estill provides guidance and advice on such wide-ranging topics as wedding anniversary gifts, handling jalapeno peppers, and football terminology for dummies. Interspersed with such ruminations are hilarious anecdotes such as the Christmas Monopoly game that did not become a 'family tradition,' and the testosterone-fuelled Texas Chain Saw Adventure. Refreshingly, political correctness is thrown out of the window. The foibles and peculiarities particular to the male and female varieties of our species are brilliantly portrayed. As a man, I heartily endorse her theories on the problems of mall navigation for men, and the ingenious solution of a male drop-off zone complete with vibrating chairs, televised sports, and attendant grannies missing their grown-up sons. Brilliant.

Unlike many humor writers, Estill does not usually laugh at other people. By and large, she pokes fun at herself, her husband, and her family, in an affectionate way that is very appealing. Occasionally, the tone becomes more reflective and serious, with a couple of particularly lyrical and touching accounts of her relationship with her father.

At a fundamental level, this is an account of ordinary incidents in the everyday lives of normal people, and this is what makes it so accessible. Painting such events in her whimsical and quirky manner, Diana Estill infuses them with a sense of outrageous craziness that helps one to chuckle at the annoyances of life. After a tiring, stressful day this is a great book to pick up.

Armchair Interviews says: This book is a reminder that laughter is indeed the best medicine.

-- This text refers to the paperback edition. --Armchairinterviews.com

Author Diana Estill writes as if we are heading off on an adventure, beginning with a drive on Grand Cayman Island. The idea grew from a humor column published in "Road and Travel Magazine," amusing Americans who have either contemplated or actually experienced driving a British car. Diana issues a reminder to fasten seat belts and hold on, for otherwise, you may get thrown into a serious state--and that is rarely a fun place to be.

The published humor columnist hails from Texas, so many of the experiences she writes about take place or have something to do with life as it is in Texas. For example, you will laugh and cry upon reading about seeding and cleaning jalapeno peppers for the salsa used so often in Tex-Mex cuisine. And I did not know the Blue Lacy, named for its gun metal color coat, is the official state dog breed of Texas until I read the chapter called "Designer Dogs." Diane's grandchildren have a Blue Lacy by the name of Tex who buries anything he cannot eat and brushes his own teeth.

Diana is a successful journalist and humor columnist, and this is quite evident after spending some time perusing her book. I predict you too will be tickled by some of Diana's work. Such common items as a digital camera, smoke alarms, and lost luggage will have you smiling. The sections on green lawn obsession, stretching a dollar, loudly snoring husbands, getting prepared for a possible disaster, and toilet repairs (better known at the Estill home as the Institute of Toiletology) will leave you with high spirits. I was particularly amused with the "Gender Benders" section and found myself laughing out loud when Diana described a trip she and her husband took to receive a full body massage, a gift given to them by their daughter. Diana and Jim now claim to suffer from Chronic Massage Phobia. It is hilarious!

I recommend "Driving on the Wrong Side of the Road" to any adult needing a quick pick-me-up or a good laugh, and that would include just about all of us at one time or another. Diane Estill's writing style reminds me of Erma Bombeck, for she finds something humorous in the most mundane of activities. What a talent!

-- This text refers to the paperback edition. --Readerviews.com

About the Author

Diana Estill is the author of four humor books, one novel, and a collection of short stories. Two of her books, This Can't Be Normal and Deedee Divine's Totally Skewed Guide to Life, have been ForeWord Book of the Year finalists. Totally Skewed Guide to Life won the International Book Awards, humor category. 

Prior to becoming an author, Diana worked as a journalist and humor columnist. Her columns have appeared in The Dallas Morning NewsWashington PostThe Miami HeraldRoad & Travel, and other publications. She has been featured in First Magazine and has appeared on a variety of TV shows and radio programs. Diana's debut novel, When Horses Had Wings, was inspired by her life experiences as a former teen mother and high school dropout. 

Product Details

  • File Size: 309 KB
  • Print Length: 199 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0990644227
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Totally Skewed Productions; 4 edition (July 30, 2010)
  • Publication Date: July 30, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003XVZB7A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #259,472 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Driving on the Wrong Side of the Road by Diana Estill is a sparkling collection of humorous vignettes that range from the anecdotal to the philosophical--and almost everything in between.

Drawing mainly from her own experiences, from youth right through to Grandma-hood, and with her tongue lodged firmly in her cheek, Diana Estill provides guidance and advice on such wide-ranging topics as wedding anniversary gifts, handling jalapeno peppers, and football terminology for dummies. Interspersed with such ruminations are hilarious anecdotes such as the Christmas Monopoly game that did not become a 'family tradition,' and the testosterone-fuelled Texas Chain Saw Adventure.

Refreshingly, political correctness is thrown out of the window. The foibles and peculiarities particular to the male and female varieties of our species are brilliantly portrayed. As a man, I heartily endorse her theories on the problems of mall navigation for men, and the ingenious solution of a male drop-off zone complete with vibrating chairs, televised sports, and attendant grannies missing their grown-up sons. Brilliant.

Unlike many humor writers, Estill does not usually laugh at other people. By and large, she pokes fun at herself, her husband, and her family, in an affectionate way that is very appealing. Occasionally, the tone becomes more reflective and serious, with a couple of particularly lyrical and touching accounts of her relationship with her father.

At a fundamental level, this is an account of ordinary incidents in the everyday lives of normal people, and this is what makes it so accessible. Painting such events in her whimsical and quirky manner, Diana Estill infuses them with a sense of outrageous craziness that helps one to chuckle at the annoyances of life. After a tiring, stressful day this is a great book to pick up.

Armchair Interviews says: This book is a reminder that laughter is indeed the best medicine.
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Driving On The Wrong Side of the Road by Diana Estill will keep you chuckling and sometimes laughing uncontrollably, as I was while sitting in the airport reading it. The book is a compilation of some of Estill's very popular humor columns, which are featured in numerous publications. She was a finalist in the 2005 America's Funniest Humor Contest. Treat yourself and your friends to this delightful book. There are so many and varied situations about which she pokes fun, you'll relate to many and have great fun reading these aloud to people of all ages. Terrific Christmas gift for others or for yourself!
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This is a collection of essays that take their inspiration from the authors every day life. As I understand it, these were written as entries for a humor column in a newspaper. While there are certainly funny pieces in this collection, a lot of the essays are quite ordinary. The author writes fairly well, and although I did not find the book totally boring, it did not keep me wanting to move onto the next piece either. It's a good book to read when you have short chunks of time, on the beach or in the car, as each essay stands on its own, and all are quite short.

I would not begin to compare the author to Erma Bombeck as one reviewer did. The book is nicely formatted for Kindle, and is well edited.
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This is just the kind of book I like to carry with me when I travel and/or hang out at the beach or pool. Made me laugh out loud, then read out loud to my husband. Hubby loved it too, and that's saying alot!
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I just could not finnish this book. There are short and easy to read chapters, maybe originaly written as colums for some periodical. This style of writing is not the one I would enjoy. The humor felt very uneasy and pushed and altogether very cliche making the outcome naive, silly and artificial.
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If you loved the writing of Ivins or Bombeck you will truly love the work of Diana Estill. Most of her humour centers on herself or her family, but you see a wit that comes much closer to home. Diana Estill, like Erma Bombeck, writes about the vagaries
of everyday life with the ability to make even the most mundane events funny. This is a writer with the gift of helping make living worthwhile as did Molly Ivins who is sorely missed. Thank you Diana Estill for keeping alive the type of work we still badly need in our modern world.
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Mundane stories of mundane topics. This CD reminded me of similar style books I read in the 1980's, which I DID enjoy back then. Nothing much new or exciting here particularly if you're a fan of this sort of genre. IF it's new to you then you may find the humor here and enjoy it. For me it was "old hat".
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There is humor in some of these columns and sometimes there is not. When it's there you want to keep reading and when it's not you wonder why you are reading the book. About what one can expect from a collection.

The writing style is wholesome just as I assume is true of the author from her descriptions of herself. I felt at home with the book and was mildly entertained by it as I think you would be.
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