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What Would Erma Do?: Confessions of a First Time Humor Columnist Paperback – December 18, 2010
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I've known Gayle Carline for several years. In this book she shows her strengths as a humorist commenting on the world we all live in. I strongly recommend you read this book, and enjoy it as I have.
--Gordon Kirkland, Smashwords
From the Author
I laughed out loud when I read this book - oh, wait, I'm the author. Well, I laughed out loud while I was writing it, although I wasn't always laughing when the events I wrote about were happening!
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I can tell which reviewers did not hang in and finish the book. Those who state that Gayle wasn't working even within the shadow of ole Erma, that she had no talent or humor - I KNOW did not make it through the whole book. As time moves on, her writing becomes more polished, more REAL & I certainly think she could run neck and neck with Erma. She is FUNNY! I was reading aloud to my husband who got a kick out of her writing too.
I started to feel like I 'got to know her' in a way. As she reveals more and more of her flaws, this is where she steals my heart. It's great not to be alone in imperfection!! Plus, in one teeny tiny moment of her book she shows us her family photo, revealing that she is a white woman married to a not-white man - but argues that this is NOT an issue in their lives and she refuses to discuss it. I LOVED that! Just shows this is a lady with an awesome attitude & it was then that I knew that not only did I like her writing, but I also liked her as a person. I've already downloaded two more of her titles and look forward to reading them. I'll let you know what I think...
Minus one star for a rocky start, but the second half is definitely a five star read! FUN!
Carline is nowhere near as funny as Erma Bombeck. Not even in the same universe. The most her columns produced was a rare, mild smile. Her "commentary" was closer to braggadocio than fact, and not even as interesting as the columns. I actually paid money for this, deluded by the reference to the hysterically funny Bombeck. It's not awful, but don't make the same mistake I did. Spelling, grammar, and Kindle formatting were all acceptable.
For WWED, the first year columns were maybe a bit more shy, lacking a bit of assurance and rythm, but the second year are real treats, loved everyone of them. The Placentia newspaper editor should have left her titles as they were far more amusing and they apply better to the contents of the column, Im glad she added them to the book. I also loved the little comments she made here and there that were not part of the columns but helped us getting a whole idea of her life.
All in all, a good funny read.