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Gerry Tales: How I Lived Happily Ever After, Despite Stabbing Myself in the Back, Scalding My Cojones, and Really Pissing Off My Wife During Childbirth Paperback – November 2, 2010

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Getting There is based on Boylan's experiences hitchhiking throughout North America between 1971 and 1975. Boylan received his BS from Grand Valley State University in 1978 and is cofounder and managing director of a private equity firm. He and his wife, Kathy, are the parents of four children, Shannon, Moira, Joe, and Dan, and live in Royal Oak, Michigan.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 243 pages
  • Publisher: GWB Books; 1 edition (November 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984387935
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984387939
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,002,785 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Alexia VINE VOICE on January 2, 2011
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I love the subtitle of this book: How I Lived Happily Ever After Despite Stabbing Myself in the Back, Scalding My Cojones, and Really Pissing Off My Wife During Childbirth! Gerry talks about these subjects, and many more! It reminds me a little of Dave Barry's collection of columns, only the author bio doesn't mention that Gerry was ever a columnist, so guess he's just a good writer with lots of funny stories. And boy, are they funny!

Gerry grew up in a large Irish Catholic family in the 1950's. Not sure why so many Irish Catholic Baby Boomers grow up with so many amusing stories, but maybe it has something to do with having so many siblings? Whatever the reason, I really enjoyed this book! None of the stories rang false, and it was a fast, fun read.

Gave this book a 4/5 as the stories were amusing, Gerry is a talented writer, and none of the stories were silly or boring. A great book if you're looking for an amusing collection of short tales.
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Telling stories as a way of entertaining, relating and teaching, is an art-form that predates the written word, and is as relevant today as when the first tale escaped the lip of some ancient narrator. Gerry Boylan has been given the gift of not only composing, but also relating a story masterfully.
Gerry Tales is a funny, thoughtful, and sometimes touching peruse, that holds our interest and keeps us entertained from beginning to end. It captures the joys, zaniness, trials and tenderness of life, and presents the importance of humor through it all.
I highly recommend this book. Keep the tissues at hand, because you will laugh until you cry, a time or two!
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Gerry Boylan has some stories to tell about growing up, parenthood and life in general. In Gerry Tales: How I Lived Happily Ever After Despite Stabbing Myself in the Back, Scalding My Cojones, and Really Pissing Off My Wife During Childbirth, he shares these stories in several essays on life. (I love the subtitle of this book, by the way.) For some reason I went into this book thinking it was going to be all humor, and the first several chapters made me laugh a lot! But there are quite a few heartfelt, more serious stories about family and parenthood that I found quite endearing.

Some stories are hysterical and others are sweet recollections of family life. I really enjoyed most of the stories he told. This personal collection of stories from Boylan's life includes topics that most people will be able to relate to. I will say that the two chapters about his sons' sports experiences were the least interesting to me, but I'm sure they would appeal to anyone who is really interested in sports! On the other hand, I felt particularly drawn to the stories about his relationships with his children, and his escapades as a teenager.

Unlike most books I read, I'd actually recommend this book to men as well as women, because I think men would be able to relate even more to Boylan's stories. As a parent, I also found a lot in his stories that touched me. And the more humorous stories will make just about anyone laugh out loud ~ especially the one about his cajones!
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