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I Probably Shouldn't Have Done That

4.61  ·  Rating details ·  31 ratings  ·  17 reviews
Edmond Manning, author of "The Lost and Founds" series has made a few mistakes in his life. Well, more than a few. But with his characteristic ability to embrace the weird and the wonderful, he prefers to think of them as "experiences." Why label an adventure a regret if everything works out in the end? Whether getting high from an airplane stranger's candy, attempting to ...more
Paperback, 170 pages
Published December 1st 2013 by Pickwick Ink Press (first published November 28th 2013)
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
The first story in "I Probably Shouldn't Have Done That" I had read a few months ago on Edmond's website. I kind of stumbled upon it in an hours-long fit of internet browsing that ended with my eyes glassy to the point of tears, and about 15 tabs of random sites across the top of my screen. I read Edmond's airplane story and laughed so hard that I couldn't breathe for a few moments. I then forwarded the story to my husband at about 3 am. He never responded and played dumb when I asked him if he ...more
Dec 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humor, own-it
Book Review: I probably shouldn't have done that by Edmond Manning  
Dear Edmond Manning,
I love your writing. I love it so much more after reading this amazing book. I was both moved to giggles and to tears during the course of your book, and I cannot thank you enough for writing it.
You tell your stories with such enthusiasm, with so much heart and with so much thoughtfulness. Frequently, I was snickering at your snarky humor only to be hit by something very profound that crept up on me withou
Kaje Harper
Dec 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
If you could use a laugh that still has heart, or a story with honesty that catches in your chest but still makes you smile... or if you need to just take a moment away from your day and remind yourself of how wonderful and unique people can be, read this.

In the interest of disclosure, I know Edmond Manning, although we didn't really meet until after he'd blown me away with how good his first novel, King Perry, was. This book is a series of anecdotes and thoughts about his life, from his love of
Vanessa North
Dec 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
In my review of this book, I am about to tell you a bunch of lies, and I swear every one of them is true.

I read this book on a spring evening in Asheville, North Carolina, in a coffee shop which no longer exists, clutching the hand of a woman who was a stranger earlier that day. I held her hand as we talked because the conversation was so heartfelt we had to make that physical connection.

I read this book on Halloween night in Blandford, Massachusetts, walking from the elementary school to my gr
Brandon Witt
Oct 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
There are books that come into our lives at just the right moment. I Probably Shouldn’t Have Done That was one such book for me. It was a personally dark time in my life when I started reading it. Even so, I lost track of how many times during the first half of this book that I burst out laughing (which is rare for me when I’m reading, doubly so considering my head space). By the midway mark, each tale brought on tears of understanding, serenity, and shared human experience. I read these stories ...more
Dec 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Life can truly be wondrous
... especially when seen through the eyes of Edmond Manning. I gladly followed his invitation to share some of those moments of joy, or sadness, or goofy weirdness, and a few adventures, knowing that at the very least I would be entertained. And what do you know? I got so much more than I bargained for. This delightful little book is not just a collection of short stories allowing you a glimpse into the unique mind of Mr. Manning, it's a flaming declaration of his love.
♣ Irish Smurfétté ♣
there aren't enough stars in the sky... or planets, or black holes or cookies or zombies.

these will be my own reactions, notes I wrote in my paperback copy, feelings I experienced, and still do, as and since I read this book. it won’t be a “critique”, I can’t really do that. this is Edmond, his book, his stories… though, they’re mine, too. even more, that means not only can I not critique this, but I will not. i’ll just love.

as I started reading this, I was going to do just the first couple of
Ulysses Dietz
Sep 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
I Probably Shouldn’t Have Done That
By Edmond Manning
Pickwick Ink Publishing, 2013
Cover by L.C. Chase
ISBN: 9780989097956
Four stars

I’ve read all of Edmond Manning’s “Lost and Found Kings” books, and am a huge fan of his wild, visceral, emotional style. He’s a brilliant writer, without pretension, full of love.

I finally decided I should read his book of non-fiction essays, which, unsurprisingly, are autobiographical. They are by turns hilarious and poignant, absurd and shockingly true. The book st
Dec 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, my-reviews
It is always a pleasure to read and recommend Edmond Manning's books. I have enjoyed immensely the two books in his King series, King Perry and King Mai, which were absolute treasures of fiction. "I Probably Shouldn't Have Done That" is a different offering by Mr. Manning. It is a collection of wonderful essays on life that is the treasure chest itself, full of delicious gems relating his unique experiences with a wide variety of subjects, including family relationships, homophobia, and tackling ...more
Jayden Brooks
Dec 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comfort-food
Of all the books I read in 2013, and there were a lot, this is my favorite.

I spent a few nights reading in bed.

The first night I was evicted from bed by my guy. He didn't appreciate my hysterical laughing fits as I read Flying High.

The second night when he got impatient, I drew him in on the fun. We read the DMV story together.

Then there were the stories that warmed my heart. Some brought me to tears. The worst ones made me think. I hate when that happens. :) But I have to admit. There was o
Apr 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: funny
True stories from Manning's life that are sometimes laugh-out-loud funny, sometimes touching and sad. I enjoyed them a lot. Especially the DMV story.
Jan 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What a delightful collection of autobiographical stories from a truly superb storyteller. Manning takes readers on a roller coaster ride of beautifully detailed life moments, from the sublime to the outrageous. The hilarious chapter on Edmond's long day at the DMV is worth the price of the book alone. Buy this book, grab a glass of wine (or scotch) and have a box of tissues handy for hours of laughs, tears, and more laughs. Highly recommended. This was the first book I've read by Manning and now ...more
Sep 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Edmond Manning is a wonderful storyteller. He has been on my tbr for a while. When I decided to take a reading challenge to read a book by an author I had not read before, I chose Edmond. I chose his memoir because I love his sense of humor, the kindness he exudes in his posts.

This is a wonderful book. It is filled with moments from Edmond's life. His stories are sweet,thought provoking and will touch your heart. And more than once, they were Laugh Out Loud funny. This is a great feel good, "I
Jan 18, 2017 marked it as to-read
A totally awesome gift from my cyber momma Karen!! She got Edmond Manning to sign this book for me!! Amazing, right?
Thank you sooo much, Karen!!!
Nov 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Quirky and humorous memoir.
Andy White
Mar 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is like having a friend over to talk about his life. Funny, real, sad, a highly recommended read.
Elisa Rolle
Aug 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
2014 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention (5* from at least 1 judge)
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Edmond Manning has always been fascinated by fiction: how ordinary words could be sculpted into heartfelt emotions, how heartfelt emotions could leave an imprint inside you stronger than the real world. Mr. Manning never felt worthy to seek publication until recently, when he accidentally stumbled into his own writer’s voice that fit perfectly, like his favorite skull-print, fuzzy jammies. He fina ...more