PRLog - Dec. 3, 2012 - When it comes to life-enhancing articles from the pens of 18 Canadian writers from every corner of the country, Prose To Go: Tales From A Private List edited by Irene Davis, Fred Desjardins, Barbara Florio Graham is perfect.
Peril From Jackboots to Jack Benny
As Karen MacDonald said in her 5 star review on Chapters/Indigo:
"For me, the experience of reading ' Prose to Go' was similar to being at a dinner party. Throughout the evening something said by someone will evoke a memory from another...and so the stories begin. It felt like meeting someone new at that party and getting a glimpse of who they were from their story. I thoroughly enjoyed the book; however, I now think of my breasts as pita breads with nipples."
Prose To Go ISBN 978-0-9866522-
One of the contributors to Prose, Steve Pitt, is the author of his own collection of very funny stories called My Life and Other Lies: Tales From A Writer's List. Blog Critics said:
"Pitt displays an ability to weave wit, humor and nostalgia into artful story-telling similar to the works of Garrison Keillor, the celebrated author of Lake Wobegone Days, and Jean Shepherd whose collected anecdotes eventually became the holiday classic A Christmas Story."
For your gift buying for parents of young teens or about to become teens, there is The Adolescent Owner's Manual by psychiatrist, film maker and fiction writer, David Laing Dawson. Library Journal said "Dawson's understated sense of humor translates well to text. While there are a plethora of books available on parenting teens, his to-the-pointness recommends this for busy readers."
Bridgeross also publishes 4 of his mysteries - two new and two reprints of earlier works. One five star review on Amazon described Slide In All Direction as "A little Elmore Leonard, a little Seinfeld"
Dawson has been described as another Robin Cooke by Publisher's Weekly.
The four titles are:
Don't Look Down about Four men, age 18 to 81 who have murdered, and now share a room in the secure forensic psychiatry ward ISBN 978-0-9810037-
Slide In All Direction a compelling story of crime, addictions, love and redemption, played out in the shadows of a post-industrial steel town.
The Intern During the tumultuous sixties, Dr. Robert Snow interns in a big city hospital. Dawson lets his readers feel the triumphs and tragedies, the exhausting, overwhelming experiences of hospital life and death.
Essondale Is this hell, or just a psychiatric hospital? Dr. Robert Snow isn't sure.
And, for your gift recipients who are into the theatre, we have just issued two one act plays by David Laing Dawson. Here Not There and My Name is Walter James Cross. Here Not There premiered at the Hamilton Ontario Fringe Festival 2012 to rave reviews while Walter is based on the docudrama film of the same name.
ISBN 978-0987824479 $11.95
And, how can we leave out your pet owning friends and relatives. There is The Original Reigning Cats and Dogs: A Lighthearted Look at Pets and Their Owners by Marvin Ross with the very funny drawings of David Shaw. One happy reader sent us an e-mail to say:
"Just want to let you know I enjoyed your book -- there's so much in it that any dog or cat owner can identify with. I think I read the entire book with a smile on my face and guffawed out loud any number of times. I love the part about naming Pinky".
We do have a number of highly praised memoirs mostly on serious mental illness but the latest is Peril: From Jackboots To Jack Benny by Pearl Goodman. A very personal memoir of her life growing up Jewish in Toronto. Peril details the culture of the time and is most affecting when she tells us about her complicated and perilous relationship with her Holocaust survivor mother and father and their harrowing traumatic experiences.
All titles are available from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Chapters/Indigo and other booksellers. They are also available in Kindle, Kobo and some in Nook.
For more information on these and other titles, please visit http://www.bridgeross.com
Here is a video trailer for Here Not There http://www.youtube.com/