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Splendid style, fun and fearless material...an entertaining romp. This is a 5-star book recommended for anyone who wants some light reading without syrupy overtones. --The Book Shelf -- Book of the Week

It had me laughing out loud from the beginning to the end. The author has a way with words that just sucks you right into what he is telling you. If you want something to pick up your spirits and have you in stitches, this book is definitely for you. I give Lost in the Hive 5 out of 5 stars.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 215 pages
  • Publisher: PublishingWorks (July 29, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935557084
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935557081
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,871,250 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lost In The Hive by Brian O'Mara-Croft is a fun book. I bought it to support a local author , and am glad I did, as I laughed often throughout this collection of memoirs and personal essays. Framed by the conceit of the author being a drone in the queen's beehive, Brian delves fearlessly into many small intricacies of manhood, fatherhood, and being a husband. "Lost In The Hive" is a fairly quick read, but enriching, and when I put the book down I thought "I'd enjoy this person and his family." Of course, I also wondered (and I write this with tongue only a little in cheek) "did he ask his family how they felt about his sharing some of these stories?" "Were any names changed to protect the not-so-innocent?" Mostly though, the fun O'Mara-Croft pokes is at himself, and my laughter was often tempered with lots identification. To protect my own stories of drone-hood, I'd prefer to not say which stories I identified most with, but Brian is fearless in his telling. My wife also began reading the book and said "I think it's a guy book." Since "Lost In The Hive" was written by a guy, there's validity in her comment, but you also get to see into the mind of a not atypical male as you read this and laugh or shake your head at our male idiosyncrasies. So I do recommend it to men and women alike!
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O'Mara-Croft delivers a hysterical jaunt into the brain of the modern family man. This book is filled with humorous insights into the male psyche that any woman with a male family member can easily relate to and laugh at. Every anecdote hits me with an "insert name of male" image/memory as a wife, daughter, sister, mother and friend. Guys will love it and laugh right along with their own misadventures and slap imaginary high-fives along with Croft. Ladies will chuckle and role their eyes imagining their own men in these same situations. It's a funny celebration of family and the trials and tribulations that you can't help but laugh your way out of. It is the perfect gift for anyone who has dealt with their own family power struggles and somehow found a way to laugh at them. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a fun read and needs the validation that yes, another family man has managed to get lost in his Queen's hive- even if you're the Queen- have a chuckle at your own Hive. I did- good belly shaking laughs that brought tears to my eyes. Enjoy it!
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Gut busting laughs abound from cover to cover in this great humorous assay about Brian and his life. And I'm not just saying that because I'm his friend and he paid me a lot of money to say it (Looks over at Brian who is sitting next to me as I type: "Good enough"). Seriously though, Lost in the Hive was a lot of fun to read, but I do suggest that you do it somewhat privately unless you want a lot of strange looks from passers by. Oh and just so you know these are true stories and yes I have met some if not all of the people involved, and no I won't expound upon it. Fans of David Sedaris and Erma Bombeck will love this book. Good luck Brian and I hope you sell truck loads so you can get Patty her new car ;)
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This confirms my desire to be a father and husband! I envy the quick wit and perspective from this incredibly talented story teller. The relationship he is able to portray honestly with incredible guts and humor, specifically with the love of his life is inspiring. A true showing of what happens when extending your family and remaining yourself while continuing to learn. I actually "lol" and I want more! His ability to basically entertain pretty much any demographic with this perspective of a father and husband is truly enviable. Inspired to dust off my aspirations to create what would never formulate to his accomplishments, but fun to try nonetheless. Fantabulous!
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Great book of fun essays that will have you laughing and smiling from cover to cover. The tales of O'Mara Croft made me take a step back and laugh at our own hectic family life. All will be able to relate to the tales he shares from his own hive. This would be a great gift for a dad or husband who feels a little lost, the woman who is married to a drone or as an "I'm sorry I'm such a drone, but I'm not the only one" gift for any wife. Even in my own hectic hive, I buzzed through thids book in just a couple days.
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