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Irene Davis , Fred Desjardins , Barbara Florio-Graham
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April 11 2011
Peek into the private lives of 18 professional writers from the North West Territories to Prince Edward Island in this anthology described by the New York Journal of Books as an "eclectic mix of memories of shared love, laughter, and hope (that) should appeal to a wide readership". Drive through the North West Territories with Helena Katz as she drives a herd of alpacas to their new home in her backyard. Join Trudy Kelly Forsythe at the Rolling Stones Big Bang Tour and Barbara Florio Graham in her encounter with actor Peter Falk (aka Columbo). Watch award winning cookbook author Julie Watson wrestle with a lobster on TV. Cry with Barbara Bunce Desmeules Massobrio as she describes My Life Now and with Hilda Young as she comes to terms with her son's suicide while Irene Davis deals with a vanished voice and Fred Desjardins with growing older.The New York Journal of Books stated this volume "deserves to find a place in every public library collection.........The tone is personal and intimate in a way that effectively bonds author and reader together, so that reading this book becomes a life-enhancing experience."

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent anthology! May 25 2011
Format:Paperback
So far I have read most of the stories and I'm impressed. These private stories have depth of reflection, turns of phrase and emotional honesty that either made me think, get teary or laugh out loud. Prose to Go is great as a collection because you don't have to read it in order, you can sample a la carte. Great work!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Laughter and Tears about Personal Loss and Gain May 10 2011
Format:Paperback
Florio-Graham's spirited introduction to Prose to Go: Tales from a Private List introduces the reader to a literary-minded coterie of friends that are bound together by their addiction to writing. Coming from all walks of life, including broadcasting, technology and education, they have contributed to this collection of short non-fiction pieces with accounts and revelations gleaned from their past. Their intimate portrayals of both the ups and downs of everyday existence are heartwarming in their sincerity and stimulating in their humorous portrayal of family and friends.

Grounded in almost three decades of active involvement in the Professional Writers' Association of Canada, Florio-Graham, together with her fellow editors, Irene Davis and Fred Desjardins, have sifted through mounds of writing by 23 talented professionals, many of whom have had extensive experience of writing and publication, in order to come up with this memorable and fascinating collective biography that describes their daily travails and mixed fortunes in miniature.

Under "Misadventures," among others, you'll travel with alpacas, remove a toilet seat from around a toddler's neck, grapple with a pest invasion, and rekindle the warmth of past attachments. In "Rear-view Mirror" you'll look back on a Jewish childhood in Kensington, Toronto, spend time in Fort Smith, see Christmas from inside a Santa suit, be birthed with spina bifida, and lots, lots more. "What In the World" will enable you to share in celebrating the Rolling Stones, collecting geological marvels, baking pies for fall fairs, and becoming aquafit, among other activities of equally soul-stirring nature.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh, cry and enjoy May 31 2011
Format:Paperback
Warning: Do not start reading "Prose to Go: Tales from a Private List" unless you have time to read it cover to cover. The stories are compelling, wonderfully crafted, and like decadent chocolate, leave you reaching for another piece.

The honesty in these stories is endearing and charming. The writers know their craft, and draw the reader into their lives with courage, humour and word pictures that are vibrant and lovingly crafted.

Read this book, and then buy it for everyone you know.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HOW REFRESHING! June 8 2011
By Deb Morehouse - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I was having a bad day. I needed an escape. The ficticious novel I picked up could not 'take me away' from the realities
that were getting me down.

I put it down and picked up 'Prose To Go'. I read from start to finish in one sitting. That is simply an immediate 5 STARS to me.

Eighteen professional writers who are longtime friends, connected because of their passion about writing,
But this is not about "writing'. This is a collection of their own personal 'snippets in time' that they share with the reader with stories ranging from 'laugh out loud funny, (Joanne Carnegie's "Just Desserts"), 'heartwarming'..( Gordon Gibbs', "Inside the Santa Suit") ' uplifting', (Elle Andra-Warners "Now Should Come The Laughter"), to poignant,( Fred DesJardins' "Funny Man Blues").....

Delightful!....And I found out something about professional writers....they are just like you and me.

Deb Morehouse
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Laughter and Tears about Personal Loss and Gain May 10 2011
By L. C. Henderson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Florio-Graham's spirited introduction to Prose to Go: Tales from a Private List introduces the reader to a literary-minded coterie of friends that are bound together by their addiction to writing. Coming from all walks of life, including broadcasting, technology and education, they have contributed to this collection of short non-fiction pieces with accounts and revelations gleaned from their past. Their intimate portrayals of both the ups and downs of everyday existence are heartwarming in their sincerity and stimulating in their humorous portrayal of family and friends.

Grounded in almost three decades of active involvement in the Professional Writers' Association of Canada, Florio-Graham, together with her fellow editors, Irene Davis and Fred Desjardins, have sifted through mounds of writing by 23 talented professionals, many of whom have had extensive experience of writing and publication, in order to come up with this memorable and fascinating collective biography that describes their daily travails and mixed fortunes in miniature.

Under "Misadventures," among others, you'll travel with alpacas, remove a toilet seat from around a toddler's neck, grapple with a pest invasion, and rekindle the warmth of past attachments. In "Rear-view Mirror" you'll look back on a Jewish childhood in Kensington, Toronto, spend time in Fort Smith, see Christmas from inside a Santa suit, be birthed with spina bifida, and lots, lots more. "What In the World" will enable you to share in celebrating the Rolling Stones, collecting geological marvels, baking pies for fall fairs, and becoming aquafit, among other activities of equally soul-stirring nature. "Love and Loss" will leave you surmounting writer's block, mourning for a loved one that has passed away, and admiring the mementos bedecking a Christmas tree. "Exit Laughing" will add mirth to your life, regaling you with the funnier side of chlorination detail, crickets, and compliments, as well as sundry other topics. Prose to Go: Tales from a Private List ends with a short biography, including the website addresses, of each of the contributing authors, so that you can contact them or read more of their work if you would like to do so.

Relatively short as the pieces may be, with nearly all being about three or four pages in length, they nevertheless share a wealth of experience with you. Start with dipping into one or two stories at a sitting and you are likely to find that you read for longer than you had originally intended. Ideal reading for relaxation and entertainment, these stories could also easily be read in bed at the end of a long day, or while you are feeling indisposed due to ill health or bad weather. There's no need to stay marooned indoors--curl up by the fire in the company of this wide range of friends and you definitely won't feel alone! [Reviewer for BookPleasures.com]
4.0 out of 5 stars With a little help from her friends June 5 2011
By Bobbi Linkemer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I love the idea of this book--essays from a group of authors who embody the spirit of diversity. The stories are as different as the people who wrote them. What they share is talent, love of writing, and Canada. Everything about Prose to Go: Tales From a Private List speaks of professionalism. The more I read, the more I wanted belong to Bobbi Graham's select group of friends. Maybe next time she puts together a project like this, she will reach across the border and include me. I would be honored.

Bobbi Linkemer
St. Louis, Missouri
Author of Words To Live By: Reflections on the writing life from a 40-year veteran
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