I Talk Slower Than I Think: An Antidote to Helicopter Parenting

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Author: C. D. Bonner. Cover Illustration by Patricia Garrigus. Edited by Clay Gilbert.
In his Southern family humor book of coming of age tales I Talk Slower Than I Think, author C. D. Bonner "shares poignant stories and unforgettable memories of growing up in Alabama and Georgia in the sixties and seventies.
He deftly weaves absorbing stories of childhood adventures and country comedy with family humor through the use of Southern humor, ...
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Overview

Author: C. D. Bonner. Cover Illustration by Patricia Garrigus. Edited by Clay Gilbert.
In his Southern family humor book of coming of age tales I Talk Slower Than I Think, author C. D. Bonner "shares poignant stories and unforgettable memories of growing up in Alabama and Georgia in the sixties and seventies.
He deftly weaves absorbing stories of childhood adventures and country comedy with family humor through the use of Southern humor, touching anecdotes on parenting, and treasured memories of his youth. He incorporates snippets of history worthy of being included in American Southern literature." --Richard R. Blake, Reader Views
The book is made up of 52 true short stories gleaned from the favorites repeated over and over again at family gatherings, told and retold over the years. Most of the stories will make funnybones ache, but a few will make heartstrings feel like fresh sutures. Bonner's sketches bring new meaning to the depth of family love and the joy that comes through meaningful friendships.
In just a few of his tales, a child must dodge bobcats on the way to the bathroom; he has a biscuit that is so hard firemen must remove it, and he wades through a treasure of Confederate money. Listen to tales of his second cousin, twice (forcibly) removed. Although fans of Southern humor will enjoy the flavor, growing up transcends time and place. The length of these stories makes this book a perfect bathroom reader.
These stories remind grown-ups of simpler, more satisfying times and give adolescents a chance to discover the fun of exploring the wonders just outside their door. These are true stories for adults and adolescents to enjoy, but trying these things at home is at your own risk.
Mature readers will chuckle, "I remember doing that," while younger readers whisper, "I wish I could try that."
Richard R. Blake said in his review for Reader Views ,
"I laughed until my sides ached while reading, and continued to chuckle and smile for days later as I relived Bonner's "tongue in cheek" accounts of his family life and reflected on my own childhood foibles. I enjoyed the accounts of fun loving Pawpaw and Granny. They taught the boys lessons as they met the boys' mischief with their own pranks. Highlights for me were the tales motivated by "dares," driven by curiosity, or instigated out of sheer boredom.
I Talk Slower Than I Think by C. D. Bonner includes satire, side-splitting comedy, and emotionally-packed stories, of family love, loyal friendships, and a proud legacy of uncompromising ethics, and expressions of parental love."
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Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
2013-10-08
A debut memoir that bursts with Southern flavor and charm. Bonner recounts the lively antics of his rural Georgia childhood in the 1960s and '70s in this pleasant book. In each chapter, he provides a brief slice of Southern life with all the trimmings; for example, in "The Importance of Biscuits," he waxes nostalgic for this small but crucial food ("not just a side dish…a staple") and recalls the care his mother took when preparing them. Three-year-old Bonner's love for them was so strong, in fact, that he once bit into a doorknob, convinced that the white porcelain was actually a biscuit. He suffers another injury in "Keeping Me in Stitches," which outlines an innocent family outing to the beach that ended with the author in the hospital. But this collection of memories is not all painful; as Bonner points out, "the simplest pleasures are surely the sweetest ones," and he writes of the Christmas fun he and his siblings had with the boxes their presents came in and of the birth of his new baby cousin. Throughout, the author captures the slow, easy pace of Southern living, dwelling on the day-to-day activities of a young boy who's encouraged to find adventure all around him. He also recalls less pleasant times, such as when his mother spanked him once at the grocery store for misbehaving, but these memories are always recounted in a context of love and trust. Overall, these brief anecdotes are candid, humorous and enjoyable. The author's ability to see the bright side of any situation makes for a pleasant, undemanding read, and he recreates these stories of his siblings and extended family with loving detail, in straightforward, precise prose. Bonner shows a reverence for his youth that's contagious; as he aptly puts it, he and his siblings "were poor kids living a rich life." A sweet, gentle book that captures a man's youth in all of its wonder.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780985795009
  • Publisher: C. D. Bonner
  • Publication date: 8/28/2012
  • Pages: 140
  • Sales rank: 970,484
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.33 (d)

Meet the Author

C. D. Bonner left the tarpaper shacks of Appalachia for a long military career, rising through the enlisted and officer ranks. He was a skilled Morse telegrapher and a calming voice during many search and rescue cases.
He left a town of 300 souls to travel the world, living in Boston, New Orleans, DC, and even on the island of Guam for a couple of years. C. D. has a taste for things archaic, such as restoring Studebaker automobiles and antique tube radios, and is a weekend gold prospector. His partner PJ, a multi-talented artist, shares these same interests. Together, they travel and spend time at homes in Alabama and Virginia. C. D. has several upcoming projects, including recording several CDs of original humor for satellite radio and writing a new compilation of short stories.
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