Laughing Through Life

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 “” 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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