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What I've Learned So Far, Part 2: Angels, Chimps & Tater Mitts Paperback – March 29, 2012
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About the Author
Mike Ball is an award-winning humorist who writes the internationally popular weekly syndicated column "What I've Learned So Far..." He lives and writes on the shores of Whitmore Lake, Michigan, sharing a roof with his wife and a psychotic Siamese cat. He is a member of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists, the recipient of the 2003 Erma Bombeck Award, and a finalist for the 2011 Robert Benchley Award. Mike's first book, "Bikes, Docks & Slush Nuggets," is Part I of the "What I've Learned... So Far" trilogy. Part II, "Angels, Chimps & Tater Mitts," is scheduled for publication in MArch, 2012. In addition to cranking out his humor column and books, Mike is a musician. As front man for the band Dr. Mike & The Sea Monkeys, he plays guitar, banjo, ukulele, djembe, slide guitar, and F# Shaker Egg. The band has been described as John Prine meets Jimmy Buffet, and features songs based on Mike's columns and books, such as, "At Least I've Got Most Of My Hair," "Carlson the Pissed Off Angel," and "The Colonoscopy Song." Mike is also the founder of Lost Voices, a Michigan non-profit group that takes therapeutic roots music writing and performing programs to incarcerated and at-risk youth. For this work he was awarded the Kindness Community Hero Award from USA Today.
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Makes a great gift for anyone with a sense of humor. And if they don't have one this book might help
them get one!
Some examples: Japan parts 1 - 4 begin with an airplane ride filled with various diseased passengers to struggling with the language to eating habits (raw everything) etc; Paris Hilton's Christmas list (absurdity gone mad); several takes on Christmas (from Ball's error in wishing Bill O'Reilly 'Happy Holidays' which segues into a diatribe re the meaning of Christmas); Fruitcakes and why and where they should go; How to Talk to Chicks; Graying Hair; Thanksgiving - any little thing that pops up is fodder for a standup comedy routine. Ball even discusses his own career habits re distractions overcoming commitment to work and his own views on some sacred cows.
But most important this is a book that pops a hole in our inflated egos/self image that is so well timed when we are all floundering in facades of self-importance. He brings us down to a level where we can enjoy belly laughs and in that position we can all get a better perspective of how the world around us is functioning. This funny book could probably be sub-labeled into the psychology self help arena. Buy it and breathe easier. Grady Harp, April 12
If you're offended by greetings of Happy Holidays after Thanksgiving, this isn't the book for you. But if you're wondering how Christians just like you seem not to be offended, maybe you ought to read the chapter A Brief History of Christmas from start to finish--whatever you do; don't miss the finish. The sting and the starlight is often in the tail.
These essays cover topics such as Paris Hilton's Christmas list, back-ache and Senior Specials, those missing verses from Woody Guthrie's This Land, guy food, football--oh, and politics. So if you're offended by any politics that supports Woody Guthrie last verses, this probably isn't the book for you either.
Otherwise read, laugh, enjoy and repeat. I thoroughly enjoyed time spent in the company of this author's voice through his gently bantering tales.
Disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Get it for someone who is in need of laughs. Highly recommended.