"Two Scoops" Is Just Right: 78 Funny Original Short Stories Paperback – Oct 5 2009
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About the Author
Alex Carrick has been a professional economist covering the construction industry for the past 36 years. He writes extensively on economic matters for several newsletters, newspapers and the Internet, dealing with both Canada and the United States. He is currently enjoying his 24th year of employment with Reed Construction Data – CanaData. Mr. Carrick received an M.A. in Economics from the University of Toronto (U of T) in 1971. He also completed the first year towards a Doctorate while living at U of T’s Massey College. He is often quoted in the media, especially in the two construction newspapers, the Daily Commercial News and the Journal of Commerce. He has delivered presentations throughout North America on the Canadian, United States and world economic and construction outlooks. Mr Carrick has also recently begun making videos on various topics for Reed Construction Data web sites. This is offering an exciting challenge that requires the development of a whole new skill set.
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His funny, tongue-in-cheek stories cover everything from "The Frightening World of Drug Disclaimers" to "A Mathematical Proof that Economists Are Sexy". Some of the stories will make you make you laugh out loud, some will make you smile and some will make you say hmmm. There is something in this book for everyone regardless of whether you are Canadian or American.
As I read the book, I was brought back to those wonderful days when, as a teen visiting my uncle, I would read the ever present Reader's Digest. "Bathroom reading" he called it and I knew he was referring to the fact that each article was just about the right size to accompany a visit to the john. Each chapter in "Two Scoops" is just about the right size too.
If you want a good laugh buy this book, read this book, then buy one for a friend.
I have never read the author's writings on economics (his primary area of expertise), but he doesn't seem to know much about fiction/creative nonfiction writing. The user who compared him to Erma Bombeck and Mark Twain made me die inside a little bit.
If you want to read something like this, you can do it for free on pretty much any amateur writer's online blog. He can spell, he can use proper grammar, but the stories are pointless and unfinished.
Alex Carrick talks about everything from family, to recycling, to death. He writes in a way that he would speak to you if you were in front of you. There are 78 short stories in total and not one of them is disappointing. He writes about topics that interest each and every one of us, and topics that we all talk about with our friends. He somehow manages to find the right mix to add that extra twist and make the reader laugh out loud.
If you want a good laugh (and who doesn't) you MUST pick this book up. MUST.