Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Book Review: Life is Tough: I Doubt I’ll Make It Out Alive by Stacy Gooch-Anderson

I don’t know why, but I don’t naturally gravitate to humor books. It’s not that I don’t enjoy laughing, but I have found for a book to make me laugh it has to be darn good. I much prefer fiction. Always have. I love going into a fictional world, seeing new sights through the protagonist’s eyes, and watching how the hero grows.

My first experience with Stacy’s writing came last fall with the release of her bestselling book The Santa Letters. Her novel had two things that naturally attracted me: it was a work of fiction and it was about a holiday that is near and dear to my heart. I immediately bought it. What a wonderful read!

So this spring when I heard of Stacy’s new book, Life is Tough: I Doubt I’ll Make It out Alive, I hate to admit it, but I was reluctant to read it. However, I am so glad I did! This is a book that boldly lays out the author’s life: the good times and the bad. Stacy has an uncanny knack of seeing humor where others see humiliation. What a wonderful talent!

In reading this book you learn of her life lessons, how she has humorously dealt with disappointment only to find true happiness. You laugh with her and not at her as you are privy to her thoughts about dating, marriage, and children. And, guess what? I found myself laughing out loud many times. Surprisingly, I also cried at some very touching scenes. Scenes we all can relate to for many of us have experienced similar situations. None of us will make it out of this life alive, but Stacy’s book might help you look at your life a little differently and smile.
I'm part of the Stayin' Alive with Stacy Virtual Tour and Life Saver Challenge. The Life Saver gem of wisdom I enjoyed was Chapter 25. It has to do with her deciding to become a writer. The sub-heading for this chapter reads: Walt Disney once said, "All your dreams come true if you have the courage to pursue them." It's good advice from a guy who succeeded by living most of his life in a fantasy land with a six-foot mouse and a duck who never wore pants.

Here’s the opening paragraph of the book, just to give you a tease:

© Stacy Gooch-Anderson

I was at a family gathering when my sister brought up the subject of raising children. More specifically, it was noted that those who willingly choose to raise a bunch of kids might outwardly be expressing that not only do humans enjoy the right to pursue life, liberty and happiness but also the ability to fulfill sado-masochistic tendencies as well.

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks, Kathi! I'm glad you enjoyed it. I can't wait to spend more time with you at Storymakers....

    Hugs,
    Stacy

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