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Nov. 20 2009
Is it possible to defend yourself from a 'roid raged body builder with a 'roid raged Chihuaha? Have you ever been seen in your backyard trying to collect a pee sample from your dog with a bone china tea cup? Has a close relative ever waved a dead rat under your nose and asked you if it was fresh enough to eat? For nearly a decade Steve Pitt has been amusing his fellow writers with his off-beat postings on professional writer list-servs. His topics include everyday subjects like friends, family and his numerous side careers as militia soldier, movie extra, armored truck guard, resort cook, and stay-at-home dad. His fellow writers have compared Steve's humour to Bob Newhart, David Sedaris and Stephen Leacock. Many of these list-serv yarns have gone on to find publication in Canadian Living, Chatelaine, Toronto Life, Stitches, Canadian Health and the Globe and Mail. Here is what other writers are saying about Steve Pitt's writing: "These true life tales range from the gently picaresque to the wildly funny. Leacock Redux"William Deverell, award winning crime novelist, Pender Island BC "He's pee your pants funny. This book should come with a warning label or pack of adult diapers" Helena Katz, author/journalist, Fort Smith, NWT "He surfaces with novel insights and bust-a-gut laughs every time. Steve Pitt is an expert storyteller, both wickedly funny and deeply generous ­ a master of observational humour with heart." Joanne Carnegie, Professional Writers Association of Canada, Monreal

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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful read Sept. 7 2013
I literally laughed out loud when reading those 21 humorous stories of My Life and Other Lies: Tales from the Writer's List by Steve Pitt. The book reminds me of the books of the humourist, Stephen Leecock. These are well-developed real life stories written in a rich and colourful language with vivid images. The reader can visualize different characters, young or old, male or female, and charming dogs. I enjoy many cute and funny details.

My favorites are "Jambon," "Gentle Men, the Queen," "Confessions of a Cherry Tree Ogre," and "A Day in a Chinese Kitchen." Weeks after finishing the read, I can still picture those who winkled their noses or dabbed their eyes with their napkins because of undigested garlic buttered snails working in the dog's belly; the waving claw of a lobster in the feather bonnet of the marching officer due to a daredevil's practical joke; the kids on the cherry trees who enjoyed the free fruit while unexpected thieves as old as their grandparents break in a house in the neighbourhood; and the precious drinking glass for the VIP, which was finally discovered over a daddy-long-legs spider under the dish sink in a Chinese kitchen where one could easily spot a thousand porcelain cups.

On some cloudy day, I'd like to read the book again, laugh off stress and anxiety, and gain some energy from these lovely stories.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down!!!!!!!! Dec 16 2009
This book is super funny and a must read for everyone. I alternated between reading it aloud to my partner and trying to put it down so I wouldn't read it too quickly and then gave in and read it, and laughed, and read it, and laughed. Best not to try to read this while engaging in eating or drinking as you will laugh so hard you might choke. Even my 11 year old nephew was laughing as I read him bits.

Pitt's humour is at times subtle, and at others glaringly obviously. His ability to shape words and expressions is masterful. The stories will stick you with but you'll want to read them again, and share with friends.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Life and Other Lies Dec 21 2009
It's often said that comedians are Canada's greatest export. For some reason, humorous Canucks prefer half-naked surfing at Big Sur to the existential joys of licking steel flagpoles in The Yukon. But the funny brain drain stops with Steve Pitt. He's determined to remain north of the 49th parallel if only because he's wanted for crimes against humanity. The world's loss is our gain as Pitt is clearly the finest humourist in Canada. Stephen Leacock would be proud.

Fred Desjardins
Professional Writers Association of Canada
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