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On the Okey Dokey Trail: A Smart-Aleck Perspective on the Give and Take of Life

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On the Okey Dokey Trail is a collection of humorous stories about relationships, work, parenthood, plastic surgery, bad car karma, photography, weed, golf lessons, serendipity, popular culture, plus so much more.

This book WILL NOT help you find or keep a love relationship, grow the perfect rose or child, surmount life’s inexplicable tragedies, reinvent yourself, have a ca
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Paperback, 234 pages
Published September 2nd 2014 by BIF Press
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Debbie
Sep 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Funny, funny, funny, touching, funny, and relatable!

I couldn’t put this book down. It's full of vivid stories about the various times in life--childhood, college, simi-adulthood, work, marriage/parenthood and of the ordinary experiences in everyday life . The authors unique voice shines through and as she captures the humor in all of the times: letting go of our children as they grow up, turning the big 5-0, the dilemma of dealing with your sweet child who desperately wants a dog when you don’t
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Kathy
Jan 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a unique but enjoyable memoir of a life well lived. Whether about the grind of daily life, life’s small (and big) events and pitfalls, raising children or whatever else comes your way, the author has provided meaningful vignettes that describe them well, tough the humorous side of every reader, and keep the reader moving along in anticipation of more. The book moves long at a wonderful pace, keeping the reader enthralled and waiting for what waits around the next “corner”. I thoroughly e ...more
SamAnnElizabeth
Oct 27, 2014 rated it liked it
[FULL REVIEW]

I’m not sure if I got my full three LOLs, but I had one or two. These stories were short and cute. I enjoyed them, but I wish there was more. Some of the stories were three pages. I didn’t feel like I got anything out of them that told me about the ‘give and take.’ The title and synopsis gave me some expectations about the topics and the idea that there would be some kind of moral lesson in these stories. And in the longer ones, I felt there was. But most of these stories were short
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Christine Quigless
I meant to read this book over the course of a few days, but I couldn't put it down. I ended up reading it in two sittings only because I couldn't reschedule everything. I don't have children yet, but this book reminds me to have a life before they become a major part of my life. "Okey dokey" includes some parenting lessons as well, lessons that remind me that no one gets it right, but that the way things are is perfect. If you're like me and family sounds wonderful, but adventure calls with a v ...more
Brianna
Dec 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
~I have received my copy of "On the Okey Dokey Trail: A Smart-Aleck Perspective on the Give and Take of Life" by I. Leigh Private for free through Goodreads First Reads~

To start off, I loved this book. It was hysterical and had me in stitches most of the time. The stories that were shared seemed strangely intimate even if she was just talking about past jobs and I felt that I was becoming more and more attached to her after every story.

I would recommend this book to any person who finds the grie
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Susan Williams
Sep 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Heartwarming, Lovely and Quirky

What a different kind of memoir. The title doesn't really do it justice. When first starting the book, you think the author is foul mouthed, weird and rebellious. Keep reading. She is also warm, funny, sounds like a wonderful parent, a loving sibling to her twin , interesting, talented and quite soulful. I like where she ended the book and each chapter towards the end had remarkable stories of compassion and serendipity. She sounds like she has achieved some true w
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Megan
Nov 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book is extremely inspirational. It provides valuable insight on the 'give-and-take' of life. It's also a valuable resource for any aspiring authors hoping to write a memoir. It made me really think about the little things and the bigger themes I would write about if I were to write my own memoirs. Most beneficially, it's also a real side of reality. I would wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone going through a rough patch, any aspiring writers, or anyone that wants a good look at re ...more
Audrey
Jul 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Great read. Some amusing tales punctuated with both heart warming and heart wrenching. I really appreciated that the short stories were brief enough that I could sneak reading them in between child drama. It gave me a chance to live a little vicariously through someone else's life. This is what I read for. To escape my own personal problems for just a little while. Reading this book definitely succeeded in allowing me to do that.

*I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
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Jackie
Nov 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"On the Okey Dokey Trail: A Smart-Aleck Perspective on the Give and Take of Life" by a gal named I. Leigh Private. At least that is the name given.

I enjoyed reading this gal's memoir as we are about the same age, lived through the same world events, and her thinking and sense of humor I could so relate to.
The story was broken up into dozens of stories of love, adventure, heart-break, travels all over the world. Loved it.

I won a copy of this book in a Goodreads Giveaway.
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Luisa Romoff
Sep 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love the many reviews about this touching, funny, moving piece about life's journey through childhood, college, marriage, parenting, etc. Ms. Private has a unique voice that I can't wait to experience and you should too! ...more
Jamie Brooks
Sep 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I did an all nighter for On the Okey Dokey Trail and it was well worth it!
I don't remember the last time that an author pulled me into her world so quickly that I just could not leave...
I laughed, I cried and I felt like I made a new best friend!
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Julie Blackwell
Oct 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! Very funny short stories we can all relate to and laugh!
Rachel
Nov 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was delightful discovery! Each story provided witty and snappy prose that was made this a joy to read. It was relatable and inspirational. Don't miss this one. ...more
Pamwendy
Oct 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is like spending an afternoon with a friend that you admire but wonder how she does it all..turns out we all fears, some people just plow through them better than others.
Rachel
Oct 28, 2014 rated it liked it
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I. Leigh Private's honesty is refreshing in this fun read about life as a modern working mother. I enjoyed her stories and felt as though I was listening to a friend over a glass of wine. ...more
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I started reading this book after seeing the raving reviews, but try as I might I couldn't face finishing it. Perhaps the culture gap between the target audience and a grumpy middleaged Dane is too big. Too bad. ...more
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