At Least in the City Someone Would Hear Me Scream

At Least in the City Someone Would Hear Me Scream: Misadventures in Search of the Simple Life is the title of the latest memoir by Wade Rouse.  Here’s a description:

In this rollicking and hilarious memoir, Wade and his partner, Gary, leave culture, cable, and consumerism behind and strike out for rural Michigan–a place with fewer people than in their former spinning class. There, Wade discovers the simple life isn’t so simple. Battling blizzards, bloodthirsty critters, and nosy neighbors equipped with night-vision goggles, Wade and his spirit, sanity, relationship, and Kenneth Cole pointy-toed boots are sorely tested with humorous and humiliating frequency.

Pamela Fisher wrote in her The Evening News book review:

“I burned through the whole book one sunny afternoon at a lake — laughing so hard people began moving their chairs away from me.”

Wade’s funny, autobiographical style can also be enjoyed in his two previous books, Confessions of a Prep School Mommy Handler and America’s Boy.  You can also visit the author’s website or read the author’s blog.  If you live in or near Saugatuck, Michigan, you can take a writing class from Wade, and it looks like he’s also doing some book readings in Michigan and Wisconsin in the upcoming months.

Do You Like Murder Mysteries, Quirky Novels, or Bigtime Gayness?

I’ve been looking around at various publishing sites because I’ve decided I want to publish a book of funny haikus I’ve written.  Keep in mind, I have no freakin’ idea how to go about getting a book published beyond looking at various publisher sites, but the Success Book I’m reading says the first step in getting what you want is deciding what you want, so I’ve decided that’s what I want.

Anyway, in my research, I’ve come across some interesting-looking books that I thought I’d share with you.  These three are published by Broadway Books, a publisher that looks like it welcomes authors who lean toward the quirky (raises hand).

1) Dead Ex, by Harley Jane Kozak:  “Holy Hollywood! In actor-turned-author Kozak’s witty third crime caper (after 2005’s Dating Is Murder), wild Wollie Shelley must solve the cold-blooded murder of terminally ill David Zetrakis, producer of the popular TV soap At the End of the Day. Tall, unarmed and sometimes very dangerous if provoked, Wollie’s an underemployed greeting card artist who starts moonlighting as the dating correspondent for the talk show SoapDirt.”  Visit Harley Jane Kozak’s website here.

2) Something Missing, by Matthew Dicks:  “You’ve never met a thief like Martin, who will steal your heart—along with your laundry detergent, and other household necessities. A gentle oddball with an obsessive-compulsive nature, Martin has chosen an unusual occupation: he is a professional pilferer. Year after year, he has quietly stolen a cache of items from his select roster of “clients” without their ever noticing.”  Visit Matthew Dicks’ blog here.

3) Swish: My Quest to Become the Gayest Person Ever and What Ended Up Happening Instead, by Joel Derfner:  “Joel Derfner is a knitter, an aerobics instructor, a cheerleader, a go-go dancer, and a musical theater composer, but when he realizes one day that he’s a walking gay cliché he embarks on a quest for deeper meaning. A very funny quest for deeper meaning.”  Visit Joel Derfner’s website here.  Derfner is also the author of Gay Haiku (I have this book – it rocks!).