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     A smart, hard-charging couple--Irene McCoy and Larry McCoy--have both had books published recently by Covenant Books.

     Irene’s memoir, Only Gypsies Move On Sunday, begins with life in an Indiana oil town with a father who thought daughters could lug coal in for the furnace but would be wasting their time going to college. Later she focuses on moves to far-away places, including West Germany where the challenges for a mother of two were many. How do you say “diaper” in German was among them. The book has been reviewed by Kirkus Reviews.

     “While life as a teenager was challenging anywhere, ‘living in a Hungarian-American household had to be some kind of test,’ the author asserts. There were ‘dozens of crocheted doilies lying on top of anything that didn’t move.’ And Mom constantly stabbed at wayward rugs with her shoe heels… McCoy recounts her family’s foibles with wry wit, an eye for detail, and sharp prose….An amusing, if uneven, account that features lively tales of a quirky Midwest family.” – Kirkus Reviews

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BREAKING NEWS: “SWEET” IS USED IN SENTENCE ABOUT L. MCCOY

     Book review of “Grandma Told Me to Never Believe Anything Grandpa Says”:

“McCoy offers a collection of funny stories about spending time with his four grandchildren….His sense of humor is self-effacing and sweet.”…(Although the reviewer wasn’t in love with the chapters written from the viewpoint of a teenage grandkid)… “Still, the stories in this collection will charm the author’s family and other grandparents who treasure time spent with their grandkids.”--_Kirkus Reviews 

     “Sweet?” I don’t think anyone has ever said that about me before. 

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GRANDMA TOLD ME TO NEVER BELIEVE ANYTHING  GRANDPA SAYS

     Adventures with my four grandchildren, told both from my perspective and that of a teenage grandkid. It covers bike rides and falls, bad behavior in restaurants (allegedly by Grandpa), ski trips that begin when it’s dark in every time zone in the universe and a grandchild in heavy winter clothes stuck, apparently permanently, in a baby swing.  

     Autographed copy $15, includes shipping.

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EVERYONE NEEDS AN EDITOR

(Some of Us More Than Others)

“A laugh on nearly every page.”—A former boss at CBS News

     After 45 years in newsrooms, I wrote a funny (if you like sarcasm) memoir about those days with stories about Bill O’Reilly, Walter Cronkite, Dan Rather, Ted Koppel, Charles Osgood and others. The “others” include a lady named Pearl and the apple-throwing champion of Bavaria (Indoor Division).

     There are also chapters on the world of tweeting, performance reviews and how to write a note to your boss’s boss. 

Autographed copy $25, includes shipping.

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DID I REALLY CHANGE MY UNDERWEAR EVERY DAY?

     A humorous look at aging that explores:

--Why men do everything wrong in the kitchen and garden.

--Turkey necks and prostates.

--Technology too complicated for truly brilliant older folks to use.

--A short history of squirrels.

 Autographed copy $15, includes shipping.

  

     If you want one of my books, go to the Home Page and scroll down to the Contact Us section at the bottom. Send me a note with the address where to send the book and whose name(s) to put on it.

     At the moment there isn’t a Pay Pal button for Irene’s book (partly because I don’t remember how I managed to set that up), but if you are interested in Only Gypsies Move on Sunday send me a note and we’ll go from there.