Have you ever wondered why a thrown flat rock never flies straight? Spent a long and sleepless night in a den of snorers? Did you ever blow up cuisine in the microwave and then try and hide it? Follow the author and his family and friends in their rollicking adventures as they sled down the dreaded Sleddin' Road, ride in a Volkswagen Rabbit that smokes more than a locomotive, and practice Premeditated Bear Situation Thinking while out in The Woods. Just try not to laugh as you read about the cutthroat cookie decorating contest from Christmas 2007 or as the author guinea pigs his younger brother in a game of spit wads. Enjoy these entertaining short stories as they keep you rolling with laughter and reminiscing about your own adventures and mishaps.
*** Born in Idaho, raised on ice cream, and schooled in calamity and disaster, author James D. Beers writes the stories of his life from a unique and humorous perspective in A Knack for Embarrassment, his first collection of short stories.
How can you not laugh at the cover to this book? Especially if you have boys and can totally imagine them doing the same thing. (To be honest, I'm completely surprised that none of my boys have gotten their heads stuck in a chair yet.) (I'm sure it's only a matter of time.)
The author lived quite an adventurous life growing up. (Maybe some slight exaggeration was added on his part?) I really got a kick out of the sledding story. And the rock throwing story. I don't think I'll let my boys read these stories because they might get some ideas that I don't necessarily want them to have...maybe when they're much older.
All in all, this is a fun collection of stories to read. I found myself giggling out loud several times throughout the book.
You know...sometimes there is just something to be said for a collection of short stories. Don't have a lot of time while waiting to pick your kids up from school? No problem. It's a short story. Trying to escape the kiddos for awhile while hiding in the bathroom? No, they won't let you stay there long, but it's okay because it's a short story. Anyway, you get the idea. Sometimes short stories are just what the doctor ordered.
This collection of stories reminds me of those books you find in a restaurant (normally found in smaller towns) that they have on the table to keep you entertained while you wait for your food. I found some stories to be funnier than others, but I did get a kick out of the snoring section :)
Title: A Knack for Embarrassment
Author: James D. Beers
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Published: December 2016
Source:We received copies from the author in exchange for an honest review.