Hair of the Corn Dog

Hair of the Corn Dog

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by A.K. Turner
     
 

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Another New York Times bestseller from the author of This Little Piggy Went to the Liquor Store.

One of BookLife/Publishers Weekly's Top 5 Indie Books of 2014

"Another hilarious account of parenthood... With her characteristic good-spirited, self-deprecating humor, Turner describes taking her kids to a children's art camp on the Jersey Shore and

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Another New York Times bestseller from the author of This Little Piggy Went to the Liquor Store.

One of BookLife/Publishers Weekly's Top 5 Indie Books of 2014

"Another hilarious account of parenthood... With her characteristic good-spirited, self-deprecating humor, Turner describes taking her kids to a children's art camp on the Jersey Shore and surviving a back-to-school night 'ice cream unsocial.' Well paced, entertaining, and full of endearing stories on parenting, this new addition to Turner's popular series will leave readers looking forward to the next installment." --Publishers Weekly Starred Review of Hair of the Corn Dog

"Empty bladder before reading." --Laurie Notaro, New York Times bestselling author of The Idiot Girls' Action-Adventure Club

"It's rare for a writer to actually make me laugh out loud, but A.K. Turner does just that."
--Robin O'Bryant, New York Times bestselling author of Ketchup Is a Vegetable and Other Lies Moms Tell Themselves

"I laughed out loud at Mommy Had a Little Flask, but make no mistake, this book is equally heartfelt and humorous as A.K. Turner delves into all the wonders, challenges and horrifying playground moments of parenting – the most extreme sport there is." --Cameron Morfit, Sports Illustrated

"A.K. Turner is always hilarious, and she doesn't disappoint." --Jen Mann, New York Times bestselling author of People I Want to Punch in the Throat

"The thing that I can't get over with A.K. Turner is that she is endlessly fresh. Funny, always, but fresh, sweet funny that keeps me coming back again and again...and craving more. Always can't wait to read her latest." --Meredith Spidel, The Mom of the Year

"A.K. Turner can turn even the simplest family story into a rollicking, outrageous, hilarious adventure. Buckle up!" --Michelle Newman, You're My Favorite Today, contributor to the bestselling humor anthologies I Just Want to Pee Alone and I Just Want to Be Alone, and Community Contributor at Entertainment Weekly

"A.K. Turner is the best friend that we dream of having: someone who is smart and eloquent and doesn't take herself or her life too seriously. That is what makes all of her books so fabulous, you can't help but envision yourself right alongside of her, cheering her on, laughing out loud and thanking your lucky stars that you have her in your life." --Lynn Morrison, The Nomad Mom Diary, Circle of Moms Top 25 Funny Bloggers, Circle of Moms Top 25 European Bloggers, and contributor to BLUNTmoms and The Huffington Post

"A.K. Turner's writing manages to be both hilarious and heartfelt at the same time. When I read her words, I find myself laughing to the point of tears one minute and then crying real tears the next. It's writing that makes you feel something. Something real and deep and honest. Which is how writing should be." --Deva Dalporto, My Life Suckers

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - - -
The third book in the Tales of Imperfection series from Turner, a mother of two from Idaho, provides another hilarious account of parenthood. With her characteristic good-spirited, self-deprecating humor, Turner describes taking her kids to art camp on the Jersey Shore & surviving a back-to-school night "ice cream unsocial." Well paced, entertaining, & full of endearing stories on parenting, this new addition to Turner's popular series will leave readers looking forward to the next installment.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940149562930
Publisher:
Fever Streak Press
Publication date:
02/26/2014
Series:
Tales of Imperfection , #3
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
220
Sales rank:
148,645
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

AK Turner is The New York Times bestselling author of This Little Piggy Went to the Liquor Store, Mommy Had a Little Flask, and Hair of the Corn Dog. Her works have received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, an IPPY Award for Humor, and been named in BookLife’s Top 5 Indie Books of 2014. She is a contributor to the anthologies Leave the Lipstick, Take the Iguana (Traveler’s Tales), Little White Dress (Mill Park Publishing), and I Just Want to Be Alone (Throat_Punch Books). Her work has been featured online at Scary Mommy, In the Powder Room, The Huffington Post, Nickmom, Felicity Huffman’s What the Flicka?, and Artocratic, among others, and in a variety of print publications. She is a former humor columnist, founded “The Writers’ Block” on Radio Boise, hosts the “Tales of Imperfection” podcast, serves on the board of the Idaho Writers Guild, and speaks at conferences and in live comedy events. A former Writer-in-Residence for the City of Boise, she lives in Idaho with her husband and two children, but travels frequently as a part-time digital nomad. Her next series focuses on parenting humor and travel, with her current work in progress chronicling two months in Australia and titled Tasmania with Children and Other Devils. She and her family will spend two months in Brazil researching a subsequent book for the continuation of her travel series. Learn more at AKTurner.com.

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Hair of the Corn Dog 4.7 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You know those times when you’re talking with your best friend, sharing things you would never say aloud to anyone else, and busting out laughing?  Reading A.K. Turner's HAIR OF THE CORNDOG feels like that.   Turner welcomes us into her and her family's lives and shares the humor in their everyday life and adventures.  No topic is forbidden.  This book met the high expectations I had from reading Turner's other books, including the belly laughs that refuse to be tamped down regardless of others in the coffee shop sizing up my mental capacity. Profound moments are also shared like when she recognizes that the in-laws who good naturedly accept having their conversations exposed to the world are the type of people AK Turner wants to be when she’s their age.  She writes, "I hoped that when I was their age, I would closer resemble my in-laws than Mr. and Mrs. Slow, not just physically, but also that my fallback position would always be laughter and not complaining."  Thanks to Turner for sharing her way of finding that humor all around us.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great and funny read, I came into a great fortune after reading (:
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just when I thought I was going to have an AK Turner shaped hole in my heart after reading This Little Piggy... I found this book!! Also a superb read, you won't regret buying this and laughing your ass off.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wholeheartedly recommend Turner for comic relief. ------- Leonard
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very funny. Her last book was also.
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Deal_Sharing_Aunt More than 1 year ago
This author writes today's version of Erma Brombeck's books. There were times that I laughed so hard that I cried. She is honest and fast as she relates her experiences with the reader. I would love to have the author live with me for one week so she can tell me her take on my life! I have no doubt that I would be a lot less stressed out afterwards. My favorite part is of course the part about her in-laws. Especially the discussion about getting pets at the Hyde Park Street Fair. There are so many issues mentioned in this book that come with raising a family. Money, Planned Parenthood, and even recent movies. There are so many crazy moments that I could relate too, maybe not in the same exact way, but we have all been there when the kids say something that they are not supposed to! I can not wait to read the rest of this author's books. I hope she never stops writing. I am giving this book a 5/5. I was given a copy to review, however all opinions are my own. ( I am going to look up her other books now)!
LitWinner More than 1 year ago
I got the request to review this book just as I was starting to scale back my book reviews.   I just could not resist after reading the blurb so I signed up for this book tour, and I am so glad I did.  I first started this book two days ago and finished it last night (which means the house is now a mess and the kids barely got fed).  This was a book that I would have picked on my own, just based on the description.  However, a quote from my absolute favorite humorist, Laurie Notaro, on the back cover, sealed the deal.  I knew I was in for at least a chuckle. Well, don’t read this book in public, because I literally laughed out loud many times, making my kids ask what was so funny.  I couldn’t share the adult humor but it was rampant.  Turner gets being a parent but doesn’t pretend to be perfect.  She admits to making her younger daughter about her age so she would appear to be old enough to attend a class.  She plies both kids with carnival food.  She almost gets into fights at back to school night.  I don’t want to ruin what is one of the funniest, if self-deprecating, scenes of the book, but we even read about her nightly flatulence.  I swear, this woman has been spying on me and stealing my life to write this book, although her in-laws seem much more fun, if a bit too bent on over-sharing. I highly recommend this book to fans of Laurie Notaro and Jen Lancaster.  Never read either of them?  No matter, you’ll like this book.  If you enjoy a healthy dose of cursing that it is not cursing for cursing’s sake, then you’ll like this book.  I’m going to seek out Turner’s first two books and will be on the lookout for future books so I can continue to feel more secure in my parenting abilities. I received a copy of this book in order to provide a review.  This did not influence my opinion in any way; all thoughts are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It had me in stitches on at least every third page, most notably during the description of Turner’s daughters’ art camp (where they did almost no art) and as she recalled entertaining encounters with her in-laws. (She and her mother-in-law sneak booze into public events in their coffee mugs and pole dance together. Isn’t that awesome?) And her acknowledgement of farting in bed really had me tooting—er, hooting. Ok, maybe a little of both. (Because you know, we all do it. We just don’t admit it.) Basically, I absolutely think anyone with a sense of humor should check out this book. I just don’t recommend reading it while trying to create a quiet, soothing environment to coax your baby to sleep in. (My poor guy kept waking up en route to la-la land as my chest heaved repeatedly from trying to suppress my laughter. Attempts to keep this in check made things worse and his naps were crap until I finished the book.) Five stars from me. And if I’m ever in Boise, I’d love to stop in Humpin’ Hannah’s for a drink with this hilarious woman.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amanda Turner makes me appreciate life, love and family! Hair of the Corndog is so funny – from her description of her in-laws “living in a state 0f Chaos” to the teenagers that don’t know the meaning behind “there are people in Africa that don’t have condoms”, I was again delighted and immensely enjoyed this book, and know you will also.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Allow me to preface this review with "I want Amanda Turner to be my new best friend". Now that that is out of the way... This book is the third installment of the "Tales of Imperfection Series", and does not disappoint. Throughout the last 24 hours I found myself laughing out loud, tearing up from trying to not laugh out loud, and possibly peeing myself a little (but only possibly, and definitely just a little). I find myself relating in some way to almost every chapter, from her views on parenting to morning drinking (but probably not her strange fascination with prison... just saying). Any Mom who has a day or five where she feels like she may not be up to snuff, needs to sit down with this book or [book:Mommy Had a Little Flask|18145208], or [book:This Little Piggy Went to the Liquor Store|15726358], or hell, all three, grab a bottle of wine, run yourself a bubble bath, and feel better, because you are not alone...and you will laugh!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In the spirit of full disclosure, I was provided with an advanced reader copy of Hair of the Corn Dog for the purposes of review. I wait for AK Turner's writing the way teenage girls wait for the next vampire YA romance- and she certainly lived up to my expectations again! Her honest, hilarious, and conversational style keeps the reader engaged. Maybe part of the reason I enjoy her writing so much is because her in-laws remind me a bit of mine, but without her talent for writing and great balance of comedy and storytelling it wouldn't be nearly as fantastic of a read. Five starts and two thumbs up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book made me laugh so hard! Hillarious! I didn't know a book could make me laugh like that! A.K. Turner is a great story teller, and I can't wait to read what she writes next!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The adventure continues. Hair of the Corn Dog will make you laugh out loud, take another look at your family relationships and reaffirm that no matter who you are, raising kids and managing a family is always an ADVENTURE. A.K. Turner takes you on an enjoyable ride. Grab a cocktail and be prepared to indulge.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another funny book from AK Turner. While I'll admit that I didn't howl out loud nearly as much reading Hair of the Corn Dog as I did reading This Little Piggy Went to the Liquor Store or Mommy Had a Little Flask, I still really enjoyed the book, and there are plenty of moments that will have you cracking up. The "4am machine gun" had me snorting, trying not to wake my wife, as I read in bed. I love Amanda's brutal, sometimes self-deprecating honesty, and love that she says the things that most parents have thought to themselves time and time again. I also love the fact that she is not ashamed to admit that most things go better with a glass (or two)of wine. Fair warning: Amanda has a potty mouth, and she drinks. If either of these will offend you, move along. Otherwise, kick back and enjoy.