WHAT’S NEW?

COM­ING OCTO­BER 2015

THREE (3, COUNTEM) NEW BOOKS!

First, a heart full of grat­i­tude for my life.

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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.

YOURE FROM WHERE?

I love you, Pla­cen­tia, California.your from where (1)

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 HJH 3HOL­I­DAYS

Happy-Merry New-Thanks-Christmas-Year!

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.

Stay tuned for more information!