If you love to laugh, you need to read “It’s All Relative Two Families, Three Dogs, 34 Holidays, and 50 Boxes of Wine (A Memoir)” by Wade Rouse. It wa...moreIf you love to laugh, you need to read “It’s All Relative Two Families, Three Dogs, 34 Holidays, and 50 Boxes of Wine (A Memoir)” by Wade Rouse. It was released on February 1st by Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc. It is a compilation of hilarious essays that will have you ROTFYAO.
In his fourth book, Wade tackles family life and holidays and brings out the best in his dysfunctional and eccentric relatives. We all have them, right? Wade says that “Family is the gift that keeps on giving, no matter how much we wish they would stop.”
All of the holidays throughout the year are represented, even Swedish Day and a Pez Collector’s National Convention. My favorite is an essay where Wade and Gary meet up with a neighbor from hell and begin to fight over relationships and appropriate anniversary presents. Then, Wade tries to buy a new Honda Pilot from someone, who smells like Paloma Picasso, because it happens to be a “steel” (11th) anniversary in “So, a Gift Card to Trader Joe’s Isn’t Romantic?” His self-depreciating humor is priceless!
Wade Rouse is the critically acclaimed author of three memoirs, America’s Boy, At Least in the City Someone Would Hear Me Scream, and Confessions of a Prep School Mommy Handler. He is a journalist and essayist whose articles have appeared in numerous regional and national publications. He contributed to the humorous essay collection about working in the retail industry, The Customer Is Always Wrong: The Retail Chronicles. This book was featured prominently on NPR and in The Wall Street Journal and includes pieces from other noted authors. He also taught a writing class to humorists at the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop 2010. I attended his class and was amazed at his ability to get people to write about fear. I’m not talking Freddy Krueger or Michael Moore movies here, where people get chopped up or the government confiscates your first born child on celluloid; I’m talking the real deal. As a humorist, Wade believes that humor writers need to first write about and get rid of fear and inhibitions, find your “inner voice,” then get funny.
He was sneaky about it too. “What are you afraid of?” he asked, smiling. “Okay, now write that down.”
The class thinking it was a private exercise that we needed to do for ourselves, spilled our guts for 20 minutes on paper, hoping to burn it before ditching it somewhere near the University of Dayton’s incinerator.
So, what happens? Professor Rouse makes us read it out loud to the whole class! I coughed, and my inner voice squeaked “I have to go to the bathroom.” It was very similar to a Kathy Bates scene in “Fried Green Tomatoes.” You remember the one, before she became Towanda.
The Washington Post describes Wade as “An original writer and impressive new voice.” I can describe him as fascinating, funny, and talented. He has a great gift. You absolutely need to put this book on your “must read” list.
Wade is a graduate of Drury University and has a master’s from Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism. He lives near the coast of Lake Michigan with his partner, Gary, and their beloved mutts, Marge and Mable.
You can contact Wade and learn more about his books via his website, www.waderouse.com. Tell him Rosie sent you. (less)
"The Athletic Benchley--105 Exercises from The Detroit Athletic Club News" by Thomas J. Saunders, is a must read for anyone who loves the style and hu...more"The Athletic Benchley--105 Exercises from The Detroit Athletic Club News" by Thomas J. Saunders, is a must read for anyone who loves the style and humor of Mr. Robert Benchley. I have always loved reading his essays and found some new gems here. Benchley originally wrote the articles for Charles A. Hughes, when he was the publisher of The Detroit Athletic Club News (DAC). Mr. Saunders presents these sophisticated humor pieces in their original form for the first time. Many of these Benchley gems have never been published or reprinted outside of the DAC. It is filled with old favorites as they first appeared in print. One of my favorites is "The Flops of 1924." It is quite an entertaining read. (less)
This is my favorite book by Gordon Kirkland. Not only does the cover reach out and grab you, but so does the hysterical content. This is a must read f...moreThis is my favorite book by Gordon Kirkland. Not only does the cover reach out and grab you, but so does the hysterical content. This is a must read for those of you, who love laughter.(less)
This is Raul Ramos y Sanchez' debut novel and it is packed with suspense!
As the immigration crisis reaches the boiling point, once-peaceful Latino pro...moreThis is Raul Ramos y Sanchez' debut novel and it is packed with suspense!
As the immigration crisis reaches the boiling point, once-peaceful Latino protests explode into rioting. Cities across the nation are in flames. Anglo vigilantes bent on revenge launch drive-by shootings in the barrios, wantonly killing young and old. Exploiting the turmoil, a congressional demagogue succeeds in passing legislation that transforms the nation’s teeming inner-city barrios into walled-off Quarantine Zones. In this chaotic landscape, Manolo Suarez is struggling to provide for his family. Under the spell of a beautiful Latina radical, the former U.S. Army Ranger eventually finds himself questioning his loyalty to his wife—and his country.
Mr Sanchez' blockbuster won first place in the new Books Into Movies Awards, which seek to identify Hispanic-themed films that could become motion pictures.
"The Books Into Movies Awards were sponsored by Latino Literacy Now, an organization founded by renowed Latino author Edward James Olmos. The award ceremony took place on October 9, 2010 at the Los Angeles campus of California State University.
“I really liked this book and definitely think it should be a movie with many interesting characters and conflicts,” said Olmos. “It is very thought provoking and in many ways educational. The author’s devotion to his readers and his work exceeds any I’ve seen.”
Put this one on your “must read” list!
I am also reading Mr. Sanchez' soon to be released novel, "House Divided." I will keep you posted.
Mano Suarez, a former decorated U.S. Army veteran turned insurgent, and his family live in a Los Angeles barrio scarred by many year...moreI loved this book!
Mano Suarez, a former decorated U.S. Army veteran turned insurgent, and his family live in a Los Angeles barrio scarred by many years of ethnic war. His focus is to keep his family together and survive. His wife, Rosa, is deeply religious and opposes the fighting. His son, Pedro, is a teenager trying to find himself; in the process, Pedro joins an extremist group that attacks innocent civilians. This does not set well with his father, who must battle both a fractured country dominated by demagogues and the terrorists in his own ranks—without betraying his son or losing his wife.
As a woman, I especially liked Rosa’s relationship with Celia, a local curandera (faith healer); but I don’t want to spoil this engaging novel for you by giving away the good parts. Just put this one on your “must read” list. One scene was written so well, it had me multi-tasking - dodging bullets, while smelling and craving cake.
Raul recently received the “Latino Literacy Books Into Movies Award” for the trilogy "America Libre." I don’t know who will be cast as the main character, but I know that I already have a crush on Manolo “Mano” Suarez.(less)