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Starbuck O'Dwyer, a native of Rochester, NY and a graduate of Princeton, Oxford and Cornell, writes novels, essays, short stories, screenplays and music under his given middle name. His critically-acclaimed debut novel, Red Meat Cures Cancer (Random House/Vintage Books), appeared on several best-seller lists, won two national writing awards for humor and was a featured selection of the 2007 One Book One Vancouver reading program. His writing, which has been described as comic genius by Kirkus Reviews, has been published in forums as diverse as Entertainment Weekly, Flaunt, Toro, Japanophile, The Journal News, PW Daily, and the Boston Globe, and he has appeared on over 350 radio and television programs including guest spots on ESPN, WGN, Voice of America and PBS. His collection of stories, How to Raise a Good Kid, a finalist in the 2012 Indie Reader Discovery Awards (parenting), a finalist in the 2011 Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Awards (essays, humor), and a perennial #1 category best-seller in China, has been translated into Afrikaans, German, Chinese, Norwegian, Dutch and Portuguese, and is being translated into Spanish. Similarly, his second novel, Goliath Gets Up, a finalist in the 2012 Indie Reader Discovery Awards (humor) has been translated into Chinese and is presently being translated into French. His most recent story collection, High School Dance, a gold medalist in the 2016 Global Ebook Awards (non-fiction humor/comedy) and a finalist in the 2016 Foreword Reviews INDIES Book of the Year Awards (non-fiction humor), reached #1 on the Amazon kindle best-seller list in both the Humor & Entertainment and Parenting & Relationships categories, has been translated into Spanish and Italian, and is currently being translated into Portuguese. In addition, songs that O'Dwyer composed have been licensed for television by both the Telemundo and Country Music Television networks and featured in several of their shows.
on April 11, 2017 :
An inspirational memoir of childhood life and parenting full of worthy lessons that's worth your time.
This well written memoir contains stories that are heartwarming and amusing at the same time. This book will take you into the writer's childhood life and how his parents taught him important lessons. Each of the 23 stories will let you learn different lesson, from father-to-son relationship to the meaning of a family, from overcoming bullying to dealing with first crushes, from loyalty to adaptation, and many others.
I highly recommend this book to everyone, especially to young parents.
**Note: I received a free copy of this book from the author in accordance with the terms of LibraryThing Members Giveaway program.**
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)
on June 16, 2016 :
Loved it!! I recommend it to all parents, especially to young fathers.
Thank you so much O'Dwyer for sharing all the intimate details for us to learn and grow.
(reviewed 30 days after purchase)
on Oct. 30, 2014 :
This book is very well written! It contains stories that will surely remind you of your childhood! ( I had a blankie too!) Being pregnant with twin boys currently, this was an eye opening look into the life and mind of a boy growing up, and made me even more excited to be having boys! (I already have a daughter) At 96 pages, this will not take you overly long to read, either! :)
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on July 25, 2014 :
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.
This was a book filled with cute funny stories. Each one was a lesson learned from his parents. Don't let the title confuse you this is NOT a how-to book. Just a well written collection based on true events.
(reviewed 56 days after purchase)
on July 03, 2014 :
A lovely book, great memories that are shared. Really 'nice feel' book,
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)