Etiquette for an Apocalypse [NOOK Book]

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Etiquette for an Apocalypse
a post-apocalyptic comedy

It’s the 2020 Apocalypse and Sophie Cohen must keep her family alive amid the grueling, sometimes strangely amusing, realities of starvation and violence. In all of this chaos, can she mobilize her community to find a serial killer and take on the sinister emerging power structure? Can she learn to use a pizza box/aluminum foil solar oven and a Glock 9mm? ...
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Etiquette for an Apocalypse

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Overview

Etiquette for an Apocalypse
a post-apocalyptic comedy

It’s the 2020 Apocalypse and Sophie Cohen must keep her family alive amid the grueling, sometimes strangely amusing, realities of starvation and violence. In all of this chaos, can she mobilize her community to find a serial killer and take on the sinister emerging power structure? Can she learn to use a pizza box/aluminum foil solar oven and a Glock 9mm? Can she resolve interminable high-drama clashes with her mother, daughter and husband? She might find that life—without her Prius, iPhone and chocolate éclairs—isn’t the end-of-the-world.

“After reading Anne Mendel’s highly original dark comedy, I’m convinced she is Janet Evanovich’s long-lost slightly evil twin.” -Marc Acito, award-winning novelist and NPR commentator

“A wild ride of entertainment for a jaded and cynical reading public, and a sunburst of hope for those despairing of the current human predicament.” -Win McCormack, Editor-in-Chief, TinHouse Magazine

“The story…goes down dark corridors as the struggle to survive and bring some order into this new world is waged. This really is a great story, one that grabs you and keeps you until the end.” -Midwest Book Review
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Editorial Reviews

Shirley Johnson
[Mendel] introduces characters that are both charming and alarming. With grace, humor, and grit our author takes us into Sophia's world...Craftily she weaves each character into their role as the story progresses. The story takes some surprise turns, goes down dark corridors as the struggle to survive and bring some order into this new world is waged. This really is a great story, one that grabs you and keeps you until the end, or is it the end? Well done, Ms. Mendel.
Heidi Wimmer
“I have never laughed so hard reading a book before...even though the
topic can be, at times, depressing and sad. I gave this book five stars.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014532563
  • Publisher: Brackets Press LLC
  • Publication date: 4/19/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 292
  • Sales rank: 150,552
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

ANNE MENDEL grew up in Arkansas and actually attended Miss Ashleigh’s Charm School. She learned absolutely nothing about dealing with disasters, (unless breaking a high heel is a disaster).

Before she began writing full time she used her Master’s Degree in Community Organizing to advocate for women and girls.

Mendel’s two sons are in college. She lives with her husband in Portland, Oregon.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2013

    Intense, wry, unexpected!  Not only a great read, but an importa

    Intense, wry, unexpected!  Not only a great read, but an important reference book should our world soon come to an end!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 10, 2012

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    Mendel has taken a subject normally relegated to paranormal roma

    Mendel has taken a subject normally relegated to paranormal romance and science fiction and made it far more realistic. Her post-apocalyptic world is not filled with zombies and other supernatural atrocities. She creates a very believable situation and her characters are easy to identify with. Sophie’s drug’s are not recreational. Her brother makes, and she sells, what today would be over the counter drugs for medical ailments. Her husband still slaves away as a doctor at the local hospital even though it no longer pays and his job is far more challenging in a time when electricity, most drugs and other medical necessities are impossible to find but the number of dying patients has greatly increased. Their daughter is a typical 13 year-old in a very atypical time. Being a teenager is, in many ways, the same as before the apocalypse – rebellion against the parents, anxiety over boys, you know the usual – with the added problems of a lack of food, no organized schools and rampant street violence. Sophie’s mother’s grasp on reality seems weak most of the time and yet she can be very astute. She has a way of seeing the really important parts of a problem. She, ever the Jewish mother, is the one who has instilled Sophie’s good etiquette and still considers it very important despite, or perhaps because of, the horrible conditions the family lives in.

    Sophie’s investigation into the dumping of murdered prostitutes leads her to an important role in a turf war. Being a mom and budding entrepreneur has prepared her well to be a para-militaristic leader.

    Working together reignites a long dormant flame between Sophie and her husband that is touching and exciting.

    Sophie is sarcastic and irreverent. I laughed put loud numerous times and marked several pages. This book is a very entertaining read and who knows, it might just come in handy if we find ourselves in similar circumstances!

    Rating: 4.5

    Heat Rating: Mild – Mild detailed scenes of intimacy, mild violence or profanity.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 30, 2012

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    Quirky Characters Make it Awesome

    Etiquette for an Apocalypse was really good. I loved the quirky characters and the post-apocalyptic setting, but I did think that some of the situations were a stretch. It could have even just been the humor in some parts that threw me off because I didn’t understand if the author was being sarcastic or not. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely loved all the religious jabs, but sometimes certain jokes seemed to fall flat in such dire circumstances. The character development, however, definitely made up for anything I thought was lacking in this book. Not only were they well-developed, but each of them was genuinely interesting and often completely crazy. My favorite character (and probably everyone’s), Sophie, made me want to be her – she was such a bad a** and the source of nearly every laugh-out-loud moment. The other characters were excellent too, but Sophie definitely upstages them all - a drug dealing mother and ex-social worker, come on - it's hilarious.

    Despite the couple awkward moments, Etiquette for an Apocalypse was awesome. I love anything post-apocalyptic and I think anyone else who enjoys that kind of setting will also love this book.

    Reviewed by Brittany for Book Sake.

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    Posted September 7, 2012

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