laughing

Quad City Press: July, 2011, $10.95 paperback; $2.99 E-book
A collection of humorous essays and anecdotes that reviewers have compared to “Erma-Bombeck-meets-David-Sedaris.” Whether as a political observer on the campaign trail in 2004 (avoiding arrest at Coors Amphitheater, but just barely), a young mother and teacher, or grandmother to twin two-year-olds (pictured on the cover), this book will help you to laugh through life, providing many chuckles over familiar and universal life situations, whether lost cell phones or golfing foibles. Check the Amazon reviews at Connie Corcoran Wilson! Winner of a NWPA (National Women’s Press Association) award, June, 2012.
Review from “UReadMoreBooks.blogspot.com” on 12/11: “An amusing book to read. I have to say that I really enjoy Connie’s sense of humor. She has written some interestingly funny essays and put them together in this book. There were several laugh-out-loud moments while I was reading the book that I can honestly say that, even as I am now thinking of them while I am writing this, I am still smiling…Connie has certainly experienced many interesting events, such as covering the 2004 and 2008 presidential campaigns which she shares in th book. I did find much of it to be quite humorous. I didn’t really expect to laugh as much as I did at the end of the book. Coincidentally, I am not speaking solely of the chapter entitled “The End.” Her conversational piece with the Verizon Guy was wonderfully amusing, but, for me, the final laughing began with the “R.I.P. Gerard” and continued all the way to the end! I want to say thank you to Teddy Rose for putting this book in my hands. I agreed to read it and review it here, which I am very glad I did.”
From “A Life Sustained” and Courtney of Iowa City, Iowa, on 12/10/2011
“The thirty-one essays that make up Laughing through Life (Quad City Press, 2011) by Connie Corcoran Wilson represent a broad selection by this prolific writer: a collection of “hits,” if you will. Topics range from anecdotes of everyday life to notable bits from the local news to coverage of the 2004 and 2008 Presdiential elections. They span a large chunk of time —at least 25 years. A fellow Midwestern woman, Wilson writes with honesty, an eye for detail, and without pulling any punches. She seems to always be searching for the kernel of levity in all interactions and stumbles upon some poignant life lessons along the way. My personal favorite detailed a conversation between the author and her cell phone company regarding her daughter’s phone usage: we all should be so bold. Corcoran’s observations are wry, and we might take a lesson from her willingness to say exactly what is on her mind.”

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70s

The Merry Blacksmith Press, 2011, $15.95 paperback; $8.50 E-book
This 300-page retrospective look back at a golden age of cinema is punctuated by 76 photos of films, reviews which Wilson wrote for the Quad City Times between 1970 and 1979 while serving as their film and book critic. Reprinted by permission, the 50 reviews and 76 pictures have come “from the archives,” saved for 40 years by a true film buff who loved movies like “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” “Alien,” “Star Wars,” “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” “Saturday Night Fever,” both “Godfathers,” the films of Woody Allen, “Dog Day Afternoon,” and “Marathon Man”—to name just a few of the films included. Each review is like a tiny time capsule, taking you back to the ‘70s when the films were newly released, with interesting well-researched of-that-time information about the making of each movie, major cast lists and trivia for cinephiles (Answers are upside down, so no cheating!) If you were alive in ’75 and you love the movies, you’ll love this book. Said Mick Garris (“Fear Itself,” Stephen King’s “The Stand”), “…a wonderful and inclusive chronicle of the films of the 1970’s.” Winner of 5 national awards, including an E-Lit Award, an Illinois Press Women’s Silver Feather, a NABE award and a Pinnacle award.

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outoftime

Lachesis, December, 2009, ($14.95)
When a series of man-made and natural disasters strike the United States, altruistic rock star Dante Benedick (AKA “The One”) must travel back through time to rescue the world and the love of his life. (www.outoftimethenovel.com). This 80,000 word novel is a sci-fi romance thriller that will amaze you with its timely political predictions of female candidates and duplicitous Vice Presidents. It is available only from the author at this time, by contacting her at www.ConnieCWilson.com. Add $3 for postage and handling.

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AuthorHouse, 2004
This collection of previously-published humorous essays and poetry started life as a gift for family and soon took on a life of its own. With pictures and Erma Bombeck-style humor, Wilson depicts the life and times of a young, working mother in today’s hectic society and also muses in a serious vein through her poetry, discussing JFK, Jr.’s death and 9/11. The title Both Sides Now pays tribute to the trip from the sublime to the ridiculous that the book represents.

 

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Training The Teacher As A Champion

Performance Learning Systems, 1989
This collaboration with PLS Founder Joseph Hasenstab, founder of the nation’s leading teacher-training firm with headquarters in Emerson, NJ, and Nevada City, California, outlined programs such as Project T.E.A.C.H. (Teacher Effectiveness and Classroom Handling) in articulating the successful practices of successful teachers, taught in PLS classes in every state for college credit. ($15.95)