Wise Men and Other Storiesby Mike O'Mary
"Wise Men & Other Stories: Lessons from the Holidays on Santa, God, Heaven, Death & More Fun Stuff from Someone Who Still Has a Lot to Learn" is a collection of holiday-related essays that blend humor and poignancy in the
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"Wise Men & Other Stories: Lessons from the Holidays on Santa, God, Heaven, Death & More Fun Stuff from Someone Who Still Has a Lot to Learn" is a collection of holiday-related essays that blend humor and poignancy in the tradition of Robert Fulghum, Dave Barry, Bill Bryson, P.J. O'Rourke and other great American humorists.
"This collection started with 'Wise Men,'" says O'Mary. "It was a story from my childhood about a poor kid from my old neighborhood and the lesson I learned when we were both cast as wise men in the school play." That story was published in newspapers across the nation and broadcast on National Public Radio's "Morning Edition" program, and so began a tradition of holiday essays from Mike O'Mary.
Over the years, the essays in this collection were read as part of "Morning Edition" on Northern Illinois Public Radio, and published in the Sunday magazines of the Chicago Tribune, Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News, Baltimore Sun, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Detroit Free Press and elsewhere. Along the way, O'Mary developed a cult following for his holiday stories.
"O'Mary has a gift for simple, frank exposition of life's most poignant moments," says author Stephen Parrish (The Tavernier Stones). In Wise Men and Other Stories, O'Mary shares that gift with all of us. Enjoy this priceless collection of humorous and thoughtful stories this holiday season -- and for many holidays to come.
Praise for "Wise Men and Other Stories"
"O'Mary is a master at taking the ordinary and allowing us to see the extraordinary. He illuminates what we many times miss in the fog of our hurried, modern-day lives." David Berner, author of Any Road Will Take You There
"Indie Reader Approved! If you feel in need of some warm-hearted philosophical companionship, and a bit of holiday reflection on what really matters, this book is good company. 4.5 Stars." Catherine Langrehr, IndieReader.com
"Perfect at Christmas or any time. Twenty-three short essays that will make you laugh, make you think, make you glad to be human." Julie Rember, editor, Saying Goodbye to the People, Places, and Things in Our Lives
"This collection is a treasure. O'Mary writes poignantly about making ice cream out of snow, his sister being placed in an orphanage, and competing against the national Scrabble champion. The outstanding pieces are about a school play, and a moving story about a Christmas drive with his daughter." Stephen Parrish, author of The Tavernier Stones
"Poignant, Perceptive and Powerful. A collection of charming and touching stories full of personal insights." Peggy A., Amazon Top 1000 Reviewer
"Moving without being saccharine. My favorite book on my Kindle!" Guybrarian, Chattanooga, TN
"Sweet and sincere." The Sociable Hermit
"A real gem. Don't take your life for granted. I recommend this book whole-heartedly." Laura J. Hart, West Virgina
"Very enjoyable book. Lots of humor, lots to make you think about your life and relationships." Ray Zeitler, Washington
"Moving, touching, meaningful, and easy to read. A classic." Craig Allen, Amazon.com
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Meet the Author
Mike O’Mary is author of The Note, a book about the power of appreciation, and Wise Men and Other Stories, a collection of holiday-related essays. He also serves as series editor for Dream of Things anthologies, including Saying Goodbye, a collection of true stories about how we say goodbye to the people, places, and things in our lives, and Be There Now, a collection of travel stories from around the world.
Over the years, Mike has published stories and essays in numerous periodicals, and he has written and produced sketch comedy shows in Chicago. He was also a commentator on WNIJ - Northern Illinois Public Radio, doing weekly commentaries as part of the local segment of National Public Radio's Morning Edition program.
In addition to his creative work, Mike has more than 20 years of experience writing speeches, annual reports and other executive communications for many leading corporations.
Mike is a graduate of Knox College (BA in Economics and English-Writing), the University of Montana (MFA in Creative Writing, MA in English Literature), and the Second City Comedy Writing Program.
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