COMING OCTOBER 2015
THREE (3, COUNT ‘EM) NEW BOOKS!
First, a heart full of gratitude for my life.
RAISING THE PERFECT FAMILY AND OTHER TALL TALES
Gayle Carline does not believe in perfect families. She does believe in tall tales, however, and is willing to stretch the truth until it’s paper thin.
She’s been writing a humor column for her very local paper, the Placentia News-Times (affiliated with the Orange County Register) since 2005. Aiming for slice-of-life, Erma Bombeck-style stories, she tells tales about her husband, their son, and their various distractions, from pets to car repair.
At first, she thought she was writing to entertain people. After she heard from readers telling her how much their lives mirrored her own, she realized why she was writing—to find her community.
Her stories of gentle wit and family absurdities should be recognizable to every perfectly imperfect family everywhere.
Next, a love letter to my hometown.
YOU’RE FROM WHERE?
I love you, Placentia, California.
For the record, Placentia (pronounced Plah-SEN-cha) consists of about 50,000 residents living in 6.6 square miles in north Orange County. There is a hospital, a library, a country club, and some of the best restaurants in the O.C.
In 2005, I began writing a weekly humor column for the Placentia News-Times. My columns are a slice-of-life look at an average woman who is a wife, mother, homeowner, and city resident—in other words, me. This collection is centered on the places I have frequented, and the people I have met.
If you are from P-Town, I hope they resonate with your experiences. If you’re not familiar with our little city, I hope they serve as an introduction to Placentia, and an inspiration to find what is special about your own town.
And finally, who can resist shiny holiday goodness?
HOLLY JOLLY HOLIDAYS
When columnist Gayle Carline thought of a holiday-centered book, she intended to include all her holiday essays, from New Year’s musings, Mother’s Day fantasies, all the way to the inevitable Christmas.
Then she counted how many she had written in her 10 years as a columnist for the Placentia News-Times. There were over 80 essays. Which jolly holidays should be included? She decided on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s, and noticed two common themes: gratitude and hope.
She is grateful for the opportunity to write for the paper, as well as for the feedback from readers, whether it is praise or criticism. She hopes these essays resonate with you as much as they have her Placentia friends, and that none of them are turkeys.