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Lamenting her husband's disappearance from a booze cruise, her mother's eccentric gift selections, and her childhood vacations with The Walking Encyclopedia (her dad), Estill discloses the truth about her kinfolk: They're all a touch weird.

Bad habits cause family members to ingest everything from paint thinner to motor oil. Hubby's fascination with kitchen appliances threatens to leave household residents deaf. Her son's faked afflictions incite a crowd fury. Only the needling ...

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Overview

Lamenting her husband's disappearance from a booze cruise, her mother's eccentric gift selections, and her childhood vacations with The Walking Encyclopedia (her dad), Estill discloses the truth about her kinfolk: They're all a touch weird.

Bad habits cause family members to ingest everything from paint thinner to motor oil. Hubby's fascination with kitchen appliances threatens to leave household residents deaf. Her son's faked afflictions incite a crowd fury. Only the needling neighbor can unite this group for a common cause. But the revenge they seek against him delivers karmic consequences.

Included in the 23 essays:

Boozing Barbados
Cat Crap Coffee
Halcion Daze
Rules of Enragement
Queen of the Road
Garage Sale Mama
Dying to be Seen
Cylinder Fetish

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From the award-winning author of Driving on the Wrong Side of the Road, Deedee Divine's Totally Skewed Guide to Life, and Stilettos No More, this newest collection of essays offers amusing anecdotes that will appeal to anyone who's ever struggled to define "normal."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780979970894
  • Publisher: Corncob Press
  • Publication date: 4/5/2013
  • Pages: 154
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Diana Estill is the author of three humor books, one novel, and a collection of short stories. For Deedee Divine's Totally Skewed Guide to Life, she was named a ForeWord Book of the Year Finalist and an International Book Awards Winner in the humor category.

Prior to becoming an author, Diana worked for many years as a journalist and humor columnist. Her columns have appeared in The Dallas Morning News, Washington Post, The Miami Herald, Road & Travel, and other publications. She has been featured in First Magazine and has appeared on a variety of TV shows and radio programs.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2013

    This Can't Be Normal is a collection of essays. Let me start by

    This Can't Be Normal is a collection of essays. Let me start by saying I was a bit nervous when I started reading this, because it isn't my usual cup of tea! But boy was I pleasantly surprised! It was full of humor, wit, irreverence and oh so smart. I thoroughly enjoyed it! It was a quick, easy read that had me laughing out loud in many places. Diana Estill has way of telling a story that makes you feel as if you are in the room with her. I felt as if we were sitting at a table over a cup of coffee swapping zany tales of what has happened in our lives. I definitely recommend this book!

    I received an ARC of This Can't Be Normal, in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted April 30, 2013

    Very entertaining!! This is the first book that I have read from

    Very entertaining!!
    This is the first book that I have read from this author and I really enjoyed it. This book is filled with the author's humorous take on her family life. I needed a book that was enjoyable and an easy read and this book was perfect. I was laughing so hard I was crying about the authors view on learning to Belly Dance. I could so picture myself doing this. I enjoyed all of the stories and could see members of my family doing the same thing. I can't wait to read more books by this author.




    A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.

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  • Posted April 18, 2013

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    This Can't Be Normal by Diana Estill is a collection of 23 true,

    This Can't Be Normal by Diana Estill is a collection of 23 true, short stories about everyday life. Or rather, her everyday life. Set around her home base of Dallas, Texas (with the occasional tale from abroad), we're given small snapshots into the daily goings-on of her household. 




    There are far too many stories for me to give detailed descriptions of all of them (plus I don't want to spoil anything), so I've created a "mini-trailer" (or something) for the book as a whole. Text only of course. Try to picture a dramatic voice-over. Here it goes:




                          In a world where garage sales are Utopia, we find these brave heroes on their                                                                 
                                                            extraordinary missions.




                       From analysing the perfect cup of coffee down to its molecular level, to providing        
                health risk statistics on death by "space pollution" to the public, these warriors may just be    
                                                    the answer we've been looking for.




                        What really happens at the dentist? What is the perfect cookie recipe for catering an   
                                                                     apocalypse?




                       Fighting for humanity against the dreaded CAPTCHAs and taking on an epic quest to   
                                                discover untold wisdom hidden in your drawers.




                    One woman must conquer her fear of glasses containing unknown substances. And 
                                               could mens' boxers be the cause of the recession?




                    This brave family battles onward, desperately trying to provide us with an explanation
                                                         of what normal really means.








    Coming soon to a book store near you! Actually it already has, pick up a copy today. Okay enough of that. Onto the actual book itself. The writing style is very similar to newspaper columnists. The stories are brief, anecdotal and tell of real-life situations. Therefore, the humour of each story will be completely subjective to the individual reading them. Whether a story is funny or not will completely depend on their own perspective and what most relates to them. But, the likelihood is that everyone will find at least one story that makes them smile in this collection.




    The author mixes social commentary with her family oddities, intertwining the two so that both will be entertaining. She can be a little cynical at times, but then who isn't? It just adds to the humour. Her humour is very tongue-and-cheek and she's not afraid of writing degrading comments about people, but makes sure it's all in jest by including herself in the mockeries. 




    An easy, afternoon read, that'll strike a cord with anyone who's ever wondered what normality really is? And if it's possible for their family to be part of it.




    Disclaimer: I received this book from the author. This is not a sponsored review. All opinions are 100% my own.

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