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Sometimes a Wheel Falls Off
     

Sometimes a Wheel Falls Off

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by Connie Cronley
 

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For years now, fans of public radio have enjoyed the warm, witty and uplifting essays of famed commentator Connie Cronley. Now, for the first time, she has written them down, in a collection sure to please her legion of fans.

Sometimes a Wheel Falls Off is a how-to-book for life. Cronley covers all the Big Stuff—elderly parents, broken hearts, ailing

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For years now, fans of public radio have enjoyed the warm, witty and uplifting essays of famed commentator Connie Cronley. Now, for the first time, she has written them down, in a collection sure to please her legion of fans.

Sometimes a Wheel Falls Off is a how-to-book for life. Cronley covers all the Big Stuff—elderly parents, broken hearts, ailing pets—and lends insightful advice on dealing Life's Vexations—baffling computers, rebellious gardens, sizzling sibling rivalry, hair like Hector Berlioz. And at heart of it all, Cronley has some true wisdom to share, about finding your passion, living at peace, aging with grace. And preparing for the unexpected. Because at times loss and change hound us. The prevailing winds turn brooding and ominous. We find ourselves in unfamiliar territory. And sometimes a wheel falls off! But Cronley describes the process of picking up the pieces, scrambling for higher ground, and completing life's journey.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The majority of these short essays by Cronley, a freelance writer and communications consultant, were originally broadcast as commentaries on both local and National Public Radio; the others were written for publications from her hometown of Tulsa, Okla. Her subjects run the gamut, from aspects of contemporary culture, like feng shui and e-mail, to the pleasure she takes in living in a small city and in welcoming the onset of spring. Many of these pieces sing with sharp humor and poke fun at the author's own foibles, such as her obsessive reading of exploitative celebrity bios or playing computer solitaire to avoid writing. Cronley, however, also takes on more serious issues with sensitivity and intelligence. The title article deals with a time in her life when everything was going wrong and when the support of friends kept her going. She also shares her grief over the death of her mother, which is somewhat mollified by her reminiscences of the happy times they shared. An adventurer at heart, Cronley also takes readers along on her journeys of discovery, such as her visit to an Amish kitchen, where she greatly relished the rich food, and her trip to France, where she visited the American Library in Paris, first established for U.S. soldiers in WWI and later serving as a refuge for writer William Styron when he was a marine. Entertaining and touching by turns, this is a pleasingly well-crafted collection. (Apr.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781930709386
Publisher:
Hawk Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/28/2001
Edition description:
1ST TRADE
Pages:
266
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.26(h) x 0.70(d)

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Sometimes a Wheel Falls Off 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is fantastic. Connie has managed to put into words what most people just think. It is great to read a book with such witty humor and deep insight. Bravo Connie, my hat is off to you. The book is very well written. It flows!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I wish I'd been making notes while I read this. There are several passages I want to refer to again and again, and I'll just have to search for them. There are lots of smiles, many good laughs and a couple of really great hoo-haws. There's also an audiotape which I carry in the car. It helps me rise above the aggrivations of traffic.