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Fifty-five hilarious tales that'll make you want to keep your partner, claim your kin, and hug your dog.
From "Why Men Grill"
Our female ancestors reasoned that large smoke plumes indicated a sizeable roast (or else another cheap blind date trick). Hence, the guy with the biggest column generally won the girl.
From "Massage: A Touchy Subject"
My body has the consistency of a waterbed; push it here, and it bubbles up over there. Why would I want an innocent stranger to suffer the task of kneading my bloated belly?
From "Football Terms for Dummies"
"We Won!" -- During football season "we" can mean "yes," sort of like it does in French. When your partner says, "We won!" you can pretty much interpret this to mean "yes" to anything you want for the rest of the day.
From "Men and Malls Don't Mix"
Guys follow grids. Women look for landmarks--like Norstrom and Dillard's.
ForeWord Clarion Review
Buckle Up, and Please Keep Hands Inside the Book At All Times
Humorist Diane Estill is highly skilled in detailing stories of the mundane with a whimsical spin and equally adept at taking everyday life situations and eliciting a chuckle or twelve from her readers. Many times, the laughter comes at the author’s expense, which is rightfully understood since one person’s experience with a vacation worthy of a screen adaptation starring Chevy Chase is often another’s guilty pleasure. We laugh because we’re relieved these things didn’t happen to us, and it is why Estill, a newspaper columnist, will likely broaden her readership through the release of this, her first humor collection.
Estill will be known to readers of The Dallas Morning News and The Murphy Messenger for “The View Askew,” her columns which feature personal slices of life served in the spirit of Erma Bombeck, which are now collected in Driving on the Wrong Side of the Road: Humorous Views on Love, Lust and Lawn Care. True to the book’s title, askew family vacations are well represented as Estill recounts vacation disasters ranging from mere head-shaking disturbances to white-knuckled adventures in countries where one must drive, in our view, on the wrong side of the road. Estill cleverly evokes a distraught husband, swiping at every lever and knob on a foreign car as it curls around one of those eternal circular stops along the road, and it is nothing short of hilarious. The reader is grateful to be home. We read Estill’s account of the digital camera that missed the glorious whale frolicking in the ocean and nod in appreciation, knowing how well a disposable counterpart might have worked.
Estill is practical (learn how to eliminate nuclear waste with an eighty-eight cent bottle of bleach), an expert with football terminology (“Fourth and one - A period of seconds preceding either an eruptive scream of jubilation or a dangerous time for house pets.”) and is certainly not a liar, regardless of what the cable company says. She’s quick to point out what’s best for Mom on Mother’s Day aside from flowers (“To be assured that any offspring who becomes a writer will suffer selective memory.”)
Over fifty columns comprise the collection; many are short enough to be enjoyed during Super Bowl commercial breaks or in between glances at the map as your significant other negotiates the Autobahn with wide, panicked eyes. Grouped in corresponding categories that are familiar territory to humor writers, with a few Texas-sized tributes, the anecdotes in Driving are certain to gain mileage for Estill’s writing career.
Boomer Women's World Newsletter
Diana has the gift of seeing the stresses and strife of everyday life through the lens of humor. 'Driving' is laugh-out-loud hilarious.
By opening the doors to her own family fun, crisis, accidents and chaos we are taken on a road trip through life. Crazy antics, life experiences and lessons of life are laced with humor. Laughing at her stories makes us chuckle at our own similar ones and allows us to realize they weren't as bad as we thought them to be.
'Driving' promises to bring cheer to any woman who has bemoaned the antics of her household, fortifying her with renewed strength to face the day, bringing her fresh vision with which to view the unglamorous moments of family life and reassuring her that all families are just a tiny bit crazy.
Reviews for "Driving on the Wrong Side of the Road"
|Reviewed by Melissa Weisman (Reader)
|I read Driving on the Wrong Side of the Road on a business trip home from Dallas. While I was whole heartedly entertained I think the passengers sitting around me wanted some of what I was having. DiDi's quick quirps kept me laughing half way home. After about an hour into my trip I had to stop reading as I ran out of kleenex from my tears of laughter. She is incredibly humorous and leaves one wanting to turn the next page. The item that had me most puzzled was how she has been living my life!! My ability to relate to almost everything she shared keeps this book close. I purchased Stilettos No More (via Amazon) and have just started that! While I love my paperbacks I can't wait to dive deeper. I must also confess that I now own Totally Skewed Guide to Life and keep that one on my nightstand for those nights after a tough day at the office! Nothing beats a good laugh and Diana does this for me.|
|Reviewed by John Domino
|yes, I bought this book. It was well worth it but I am still driving on the wrong side at times! Really enjoyed the book!|
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