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About Kathleen Gerard
Kathleen Gerard writes across genres. Her work has been widely published in magazines, journals and anthologies - and has been awarded and nominated for many prizes including The Saturday Evening Post "Great American Fiction" Prize and The Mark Twain House Humor Prize. Kathleen's nonfiction (essays) have been featured in The Wall Street Journal and broadcast on National Public Radio (NPR). She is the author of three novels: IN TRANSIT, COLD COMFORT and THE THING IS. To learn more about Kathleen, visit: www.kathleengerard.blogspot.com
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Chicken Soup for the Soul shares the funniest stories it’s ever published from its library of more than 250 books, all gathered in this new collection of 101 humorous tales that will make you laugh out loud.
No one is safe from these storytellers—from spouses to parents to children to colleagues and friends. And, of course, the funniest of all are the stories they tell about their own mishaps and misdeeds.
So turn off the news and bury your nose in a good book, for some good clean (and not so clean) fun. Get back to basics—humanity’s ability to laugh at itself—with these fun-filled chapters:
• Domestic Disasters
• Happily Ever Laughter
• I Can’t Believe I Did That
• Doggone Funny
• Getting Catty
• That Was Embarrassing
• My Crazy Family
• It’s All Relative
• Holiday Hiccups
• Senior Moments
Chicken Soup for the Soul books are 100% made in the USA and each book includes stories from as diverse a group of writers as possible. Chicken Soup for the Soul solicits and publishes stories from the LGBTQ community and from people of all ethnicities, nationalities, and religions.
This collection of essays by established professional writers explores how their notebooks serve as their studios and workshops—places to collect, to play, and to make new discoveries with language, passions, and curiosities. For these diverse writers, the journal also serves as an ideal forum to develop their writing voice, whether crafting fiction, nonfiction, or poetry.
Some include sample journal entries that have since developed into published pieces. Through their individual approaches to keeping a notebook, the contributors offer valuable advice, personal recollections, and a hearty endorsement of the value of using notebooks to document, develop, and nurture a writer’s creative spark.
Everyone can use a little more positive thinking—to create an even better life. Your attitude is a powerful tool, and these stories from real people show you how to think yourself into a more fulfilling, happier life.
As co-author Deborah Norville says, “Change your thoughts and you’ll change your world. Sometimes you need an example to follow, a how-to that works for you. These stories can help you do just that.”
In this collection, you'll read stories about:
- making every day count through mindfulness and thankfulness
- trying new things and stepping outside your comfort zone
- simple phrases that could change your life
- turning lemons to lemonade and finding the silver lining in every situation
- finding your inner strength and turning adversity into opportunity
- counting your blessings and using the power of gratitude
- rebooting your life and living with passion and purpose
- how volunteering and making a difference can turn your life around
- strategies that work for bringing joy back into your life
- techniques for managing cancer and other health challenges
Friendships serve as a cornerstone to a rich life. Each of these twenty-four accomplished authors share authentic stories that consider the meaning of life affirming, sometimes life saving or gut wrenching, and fun realities of investing in each other: Think chicken soup with adult beverages. .
The investment in friendship offers a reciprocal return that may support you and your friend throughout life’s challenges and joys. Friends:Voices On The Gift Of Companionship presents genuine and literary accounts of shared experiences with those who energize and shape all our days. Share these stories with your friends.
- Celebrate and clarify the value of friendships.
- Honor those who have helped you through life’s challenges.
- Acknowledge the profound value of the big friend, the one who moved through life’s phases with you.
- Recognize the importance of the friends who have served as witness to your growth and change.
- Remember the friends you lost along the way but who brought you and still bring you joy.
- Learn the value of a friendship that changes.
- Accept the times no one stood with you.
- Consider the meaning of the memories no one ever speaks of.
- Navigate the mostly virtual friendships.
- Thank the teachers and the givers.
- Say good-by because it’s time or because you have no other choice.
- Navigate relationships when paths diverge.
- Thank a friend, by sharing these stories.
You are invited to consider, value, and celebrate the friendships of your past, present, and future. We recommend reading with a friend or book group—a great gift.
No matter the genre, no matter the medium, the writing process is hard! But you will find inspiration, encouragement, and advice in these 101 stories from others who have stuck with it, through the setbacks and struggles, and successfully went from dreaming about writing to being a writer.
A support group you can hold in your hand, this loving and inspirational collection of intimate stories, by cancer patients and their loved ones, medical professionals, clergy and friends, is a must-read for anyone affected by cancer. Writers share all their experiences – from the initial diagnosis, to breaking the news to loved ones, to discussing the effect on home, school and work, from securing a medical team to living through an ever changing self-image, from the embarrassment of losing hair to discovering a new spirituality.
A bonus book, a no-holds-barred memoir by cancer patient Elizabeth Bayer, is bound into this volume, after the full-length Chicken Soup for the Soul book.
The stories we feature in our monthly issues span every imaginable subgenre, including cozy, police procedural, noir, whodunit, supernatural, hardboiled, humor, and historical mysteries. Evocative writing and a compelling story are the only certainty.
Get ready to be surprised, challenged, and entertained--whether you enjoy the style of the Golden Age of mystery (e.g., Agatha Christie, Arthur Conan Doyle), the glorious pulp digests of the early twentieth century (e.g., Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler), or contemporary masters of mystery.
In this issue:In our cover story “Giving Up The Ghost” by Shea E. Butler, Belle Lopez, an ex-hooker working as a neophyte private investigator, is obsessed with solving the murder of her ex-boss and mentor, Leo Gillepski. Things get complicated when Leo's ghost appears and starts interfering in the case.
“Cold Feet” by Nils Gilbertson: When a prominent scholar weds a powerful lobbyist, suspicion prompts her to enlist her brother, a former fed, to investigate. As he chases leads around D.C., truth, suspicion, and its consequences begin to blur.
In “Midnight In A Sea Of Marble” by D.V. Bennett, Washington D.C. police detectives Mike Ryan and Hayley Michaels are tasked with investigating a double-murder. When they begin to suspect two rich upstanding citizens living in a pricey neighborhood along the Potomac River, the citizens push back.
In “Digging Up Bones” by Brandon Abbott, Nathan Shields is haunted by the skeleton in his past. But he soon learns the real threat lies beneath the surface, where he least expects it. As he uncovers the truth, Nathan discovers a frightening reality: sometimes what you bury will bury you.
“Murder On The First Night’s Feast” by Robert Mangeot: Since Charlemagne, a gathering of elite gourmands in French chateaux country has taken on rules and a reputation all its own. Except this year the host is hauled off for murder, and it’s up to Madame Feubert to save the season.
In “To Whom It May Concern” by Kathleen Gerard, the power of the written word snowballs into unexpected rewards.
For more than 200 years, The Saturday Evening Post has been publishing a who's who of American authors -- Ray Bradbury, F. Scott Fitzgerald, William Faulkner, Louis L'Amour, Jack London, Joyce Carol Oates, Edgar Allan Poe, Anne Tyler, Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Sinclair Lewis, among so many others -- and continues to support the legacy of the storyteller. The Best Short Stories from The Saturday Evening Post Great American Fiction Contest 2016 features 31 new must-read stories.
From dogs who chew shoes to dogs who mend relationships—from crazy canines who crack us up to intuitive ones who act like therapists —from dogs who need rescuing to dogs who rescue their owners— you’ll see your own dog with new appreciation for his or her unique skills and intuition.
With a special emphasis on the benefits and joys of adopting black dogs, senior dogs, and all the other types of dogs who get left behind, these stories may even motivate you to visit your local shelter. And your purchase of this book will help support the important, life-saving work of American Humane!
Authors Barb Goffman, Stephanie Beck, Laird Long, Beth Mathison, Earl Staggs, Lance Zarimba, Lesley A. Diehl, Jack Bates and Kathleen Gerard bring you servings of your favorite Thanksgiving dishes with a dash of mystery and a hearty helping of humor.
You may still have to deal with the in-laws, but this anthology may make Aunt Esmerelda's green bean casserole a bit more tolerable to handle.