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Sex. Love. Death. Pooping Moose Candy Dispensers.

Welcome to the SHOPLANDIA home shopping channel.

When Jake Meecham takes a production assistant job, he quickly realizes he has been dropped down a rabbit hole. Everyone visiting the live studio—reality TV stars, beloved country musicians, drunk baseball players and A-Team actors—is striving to cash in on their own version
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Paperback, 282 pages
Published May 8th 2014 by Oermead Press
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Coreen Tossona
May 25, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommended to Coreen by: Jim Breslin
Experts always say "write what you know" and it's clear that Jim, with 17 years' experience working at a home shopping giant, knows the behind the scenes of the industry very well. The positive for readers is that he does a terrific job bringing us into this world as well in his debut novel, Shoplandia. Before reading this book, I would've told you I had no interest in reading about a home shopping network--I've never bought anything from them and haven't watched more than a few minutes total. B ...more
Diane Yannick
May 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shoplandia captures the hustle bustle of a 24/7 shopping network while introducing the reader to an assortment of memorable characters. Many of the network events are humorous, yet others are tragic or touching in their quirkiness. Show hosts, producers and celebrities all unite to convince consumers across our fine nation to want what they see. The art of describing a pooping moose or a figurine with bulging eyes for eight minutes straight is a skill necessary for an aspiring host wishing to cu ...more
Antoinette Bolduc
Aug 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I don't often write a review because, well, I am just not very good at it. This book captured my attention from the beginning and didn't let up throughout. I loved the way the characters came to life just by the description of their job and experiences at Shoplandia. I felt like I was in the studio watching all the action and chaos happening before my eyes..yes, it had that much energy in the writing of it. It takes one down a path of emotions from happy to sad and a little bit of everything in ...more
John Young
Apr 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
If I didn't live in West Chester, PA, I'd have trouble believing that Shoplandia is real, but the giant shopping channel that forms the backdrop to this collection of stories is only lightly fictionalized.

I really enjoyed the stories, but the sadness, wistfulness, and warmth that runs through them was an unexpected and welcome surprise. The real Shoplandia sounds like a tough place to work, where smart and charismatic people get put under fierce pressure to sell tchotchkes, and (for me) the hea
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Steven Dzwonczyk
May 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
My experience with live TV is limited to the high school morning news program. But if I were to take out my ruler and protractor and extrapolate to the real world, it would directly intersect with "Shoplandia." It is clear that Jim lived this for many years. He captured the emotions, nuances, and realities of a 24/7 live show. It seemed to be written in present day, which threw me a little; I was expecting it to be set in the late 80s and early 90s. But the anachronisms were refreshing. It also ...more
Budd Margolis
For those with an interest in what might be going on behind the stage of a TV shopping channel written by someone who was a well seasoned QVC producer. A few glorious gems spread thinly among some typical characters that inhabit the world of TV shopping.

Having worked in this industry, at times the knife cut to close to the bone. This could have been polished and sharpened further but I did enjoy it.
Carol R.
Aug 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I've never watched QVC or its ilk, but this novel of the behind-the-scenes production of a home shopping program opened all it's secrets. I didn't think I would like the shifting perspectives of different characters in different chapters, but Breslin made it work. There were characters to root for and characters to hate. There were moments that made me laugh out loud (my 18 years in retail may have played into that) and times when my heart ached for a characters fate or feelings. Great read.
Jane Butler
Oct 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Fun story that gave an interesting insider's look at a QVC-like place. I loved learning about the behind-the-scenes shenanigans of the hosts and the hard-working efforts of even those we don't see. A happy discovery that at times I did not want to put down.
Andrea Thatcher
Apr 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-library
This is a funny, engaging read that draws you in to the lives of relatable characters. I'd have enjoyed it even if I hadn't worked at a Shoplandia doppelganger, but that experience made the insidery tidbits that much more juicy.
Chris
Aug 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Great read! It's an interesting look into the world of home shopping behind the scenes, and yet still relatable because of the characters. This book didn't fail to entertain.
Gayle Pritchard
Feb 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Jim's novel offers a view into a world I previously knew nothing about, and that behind the scenes world is interesting. It provides a great backdrop for the characters' stories to be brought to life. I might have preferred a story that focused on one or two characters, since there is a lot more to be told about many of the characters covered.
Christopher
Mar 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Jim Breslin does a masterful job portraying the fictional inner and outer lives of the characters working at Shoplandia as well as providing an engrossing view of the whirlwind behind-the-scenes activity of a major televised shopping network. Telling his tales through a collection of short stories that interweave and link seamlessly with each other, Breslin effortlessly takes his readers on a personal back stage tour to show how selling products on live television is done, often times under pres ...more
Paula Ackley
Jul 16, 2014 rated it it was ok
Sorry, it's not that I disliked this book. It's that I didn't like it. Yes, it does give you a fly on the wall view of what goes on at a shopping channel studio. Yes, it was an easy read and it was well written. Yes, I'm sure some people will find it funny. I didn't. I think I was expecting too much after reading the back cover. I just didn't get caught up in it.
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Jim Breslin is a writer and former TV producer who worked at QVC for seventeen years. His first novel, SHOPLANDIA, which draws back the curtain on the working lives of show hosts, producers and crew at a home shopping network, came out in May, 2014. His debut collection, Elephant: Short Stories and Flash Fiction, was published in 2011. Jim's fiction has been published in Turk's Head Review, The Mo ...more

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