Gerry Tales: How I Lived Happily Ever After, Despite Stabbing Myself in the Back, Scalding My Cojones, and Really Pissing Off My Wife During Childbirth

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In this collection of personal essays, Gerry Boylan recounts a lifetime of adventures and misadventures. His stories are sweet, loopy, and hilarious, ranging from hitchhiking experiences gone awry to the birth of his first child (sans painkillers or doctors, but with pinochle-playing buddies and malted milkshakes). Whether he's fleeing in terror from a marauding bat or causing a thousand-bicycle pileup in Beijing, he'll have you laughing at his unique mixture of lunacy and ...

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In this collection of personal essays, Gerry Boylan recounts a lifetime of adventures and misadventures. His stories are sweet, loopy, and hilarious, ranging from hitchhiking experiences gone awry to the birth of his first child (sans painkillers or doctors, but with pinochle-playing buddies and malted milkshakes). Whether he's fleeing in terror from a marauding bat or causing a thousand-bicycle pileup in Beijing, he'll have you laughing at his unique mixture of lunacy and heart.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780984387939
  • Publisher: GWB Books
  • Publication date: 11/2/2010
  • Pages: 243
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Gerry Boylan has trekked through life as a roustabout, a hitchhiker, a successful businessman, and everything in between. He is the cofounder of a private equity firm, and the father of four remarkably well-adjusted children. He resides in Royal Oak, Michigan, with his all-knowing and always-loving wife, Kathy.

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  • Posted August 8, 2010

    Hilarious Encounters from an Irish Catholic Perspective

    Think Richmal Crompton's Sweet William in teenage years and grown with family, and you get the basic idea behind this series of 'tall' tales, which are a slightly fictionalized version, told in anecdotal form, of Gerard (affectionately known as Gerry) Boylan's coming of age in Chicago and beyond. The twenty-three tales are side splittingly funny, and are likely to have you roaring with laughter.

    Though Gerry has slightly fallen away from the faith, he was raised in a staunchly Catholic home, along with numerous siblings, who all contributed to the happy mayhem that characterized their home. Numerous encounters with members of the clergy typified his upbringing, with he and his mates bringing much disrepute to his parents by the sundry antics that they got up to both at home and at school (pinching the large brass bell from the latter being only one of them). No topic is sacred to Gerry, as, at one moment, he regales one with his placing the Baby Jesus upside down ("Buns-Up") in His crib at midnight mass when he was in second grade at St. Mary's Elementary School, and the next he describes how his children, after having a severe talking to, tell him that he has a booger hanging from the end of his nose. (Adrian Mole in mid-life crisis is a close parallel.) If Gerry isn't nearly garroting himself on a barbed-wire fence, he's busy painting his thighs green and dipping his you know what's in a jar of water to cool them down after accidentally daubing them with concentrated Heet.

    Delightfully illustrated, with a drawing at the start of each essay, Gerry Tales is a raconteur's dream, and should serve as inspiration for many a wedding or Toastmaster's speech. By slightly tweaking the truth, Boylan has come up with a gem of a book. Though his language is not always puritanical (as you can imagine from such a background ?!), this collection of personal essays comprises a joyous and spirited autobiography. Not reading for your maiden aunt, but enjoyable by anyone with the slightest sense of good humor, Gerry Tales is a perfect boys' night out in book form for anyone needing a down home, solid laugh. [Reviewer for BookPleasures.com]

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  • Posted January 2, 2011

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    Amusing short story collection

    I love the subtitle of this book: How I Lived Happily Ever After Despite Stabbing Myself in the Back, Scalding My Cojones, and Really Pissing Off My Wife During Childbirth! Gerry talks about these subjects, and many more! It reminds me a little of Dave Barry's collection of columns, only the author bio doesn't mention that Gerry was ever a columnist, so guess he's just a good writer with lots of funny stories. And boy, are they funny!

    Gerry grew up in a large Irish Catholic family in the 1950's. Not sure why so many Irish Catholic Baby Boomers grow up with so many amusing stories, but maybe it has something to do with having so many siblings? Whatever the reason, I really enjoyed this book! None of the stories rang false, and it was a fast, fun read.

    Gave this book a 4/5 as the stories were amusing, Gerry is a talented writer, and none of the stories were silly or boring. A great book if you're looking for an amusing collection of short tales.

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  • Posted August 4, 2010

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    Living Happily Ever After - No Matter What!!!

    If you know how to laugh at yourself and regard the craziest incidents in your life as humorous moments that have shaped your life in a wonderful way, Gerry Tales is for you to enjoy and share with your family and friends with the same attitudes!

    Gerry Boylan begins his tales with some childhood escapades that defy the
    Imagination and are stories readers may recall in their own lives or wish had happened to them. From being the chosen boy to lay the china doll Baby Jesus in the crib at midnight on Christmas Eve - a ceremony that goes awry but leaves the entire congregation rolling with laughter - to adventurous accounts of teenage escapades that always seemed to wind up with being nabbed by the local pastor or police and a few nasty scars that were well-deserved but viewed as innocent adventures and nothing more, the stories continue with strict but wise parents who knew when to laugh and let go and friends who admire the robust willingness this boy had in the face of any challenge.

    Then Gerry gets married and the children rapidly arrive, and now it's his turn to wade through the comic world of parenting, with scenes like lecturing on behaving which seems to go over the kid's heads because they're staring at something gross on Dad's face. Or there are the many moments of supporting children engaged 200% in the world of sports, with its ups and downs of winning and losing, a presence that values good sportsmanship over all the efforts, wins, losses, broken bones, etc.

    And of course there's the business world that Gerry navigates where he learns the hard way that all those amenities in the posh hotel refrigerator really aren't included in the price of the room, where stereotypical appearances and behavior of the "salesmen" can be one's friend or even one's nemesis, and so much more.

    Words cannot begin to convey the humor and wonderful spirit in these short but memorable tales shared by Gerry Boylan. Give this to your parents and your kids or even your siblings, as well as your friends! It's an absolutely delightful collection that will make you want to embrace life more and, by the way, meet the author some day!

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