Tuesday, November 22, 2011


Author: Joni B. Cole.
Release date:10/11/2011.
Published by: Publishing Works.
Genre: Memoir.

About the Book:

In this collection of twenty-eight “riotously funny and outrageously honest” true-life tales, author Joni B. Cole manages to mingle low moments with high comedy; and social awkwardness with social observation.
The title essay was inspired when the author went to the bookstore and noticed all the bestsellers about adorably naughty dogs. At first resentful of these other writers’ successes (“Unfortunately, my own career as an author had not been going so well these past couple years, not since I’d discovered the ‘Watch Instantly’ option on Netflix”), Cole eventually realized she had her own bad-dog story to exploit—hers in the form of her adorable “Chihuahua Bat,” who won’t be contained by invisible fencing and won’t let anyone pet the family cat in peace. Yet from this huffish beginning evolved a tale as heartwarming as it is hilarious.
Self-aware, edgy, and masterfully crafted, this charismatic collection (including some heartbreakers) is for anyone who has ever felt over-attached to a pet, stalked her high school crush, said long goodbyes to loved ones, or tried to talk (and talk and talk) her way through the ups and downs of life. A wonderful new addition to a genre best described as humor that matters.

About the Author: 
During her formative years (ages 0-13) Joni was the youngest child in her family. For those who ascribe to links between birth order and personality, this explains why she is both social and bad with money, often at the same time. As an undergrad, Joni majored in journalism at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She also received a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies degree from Dartmouth College, where a history professor once told her, “You talk a lot better than you write.”
Her work history includes jobs as a farm machinery expeditor, meat market clerk, advertising copywriter, bartender, publicist, exercise attendant, writer, magazine editor, writing instructor, and speaker (this last role inspired by her former history professor).

Connect with the Author: 

Joni's Website:

My Thoughts:

What a fantastic book full of humor, sadness, love and life. This not a book about dogs (there is one chapter about a dog) but a memoir that takes us through a journey of situations in life that we all may have encountered but never took the time to write them down. The author was genuine and wrote from her heart. There were many chapters that I enjoyed but two of my favorites was:
  1. Tween a Rock and a Heart Place- The author describes her relationship with her daughter and how she copes with living with a tween. Boy can I relate with the author. I have teenage twins who have done the crazy stunts that she mentioned in the essay. The way she presented the topic was humorous and so very true.
  2. A Few Minutes of My Time- Have you ever had trouble with your laptop and had to call for support? The author wrote about her conversation with a foreign support tech and how frustrating the conversation was. I have had to call for tech support numerous times and I have felt the same way she had.
This is a great book to give as a gift to anyone who wants to take a break from the everyday life and laugh a bit. So go out and get your self a copy. You will not be disappointed.

You can purchase the book from:
Publishing Works.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book for my honest review and I was not compensated for my review.


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