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Who’s publishing what?

Hiss-terical look

Women Who Still Love Cats Too MuchAllia Zobel Nolan and Nicole Hollander’s newest book, Women Who Still Love Cats Too Much, will be released in September 2015 but is now available for pre-orders. It’s described as “a when-is-enough-enough (Never!) guide that helps women pinpoint the warning signs of cat codependency so they can course correct and get their lives back — should they really want to — combined with real-life examples of the lengths women go to please their puddies. Zobel Nolan is an award-winning author of more than 200 children’s and adult trade titles. Her books reflect her two main passions, God and cats.

Hopeless handymen

Home Improvement Survival Guide for MenDan Van Oss has released the second book in his “Survival Guide for Men” series called Home Improvement Survival Guide for Men. It’s described as “the fun if not functional handbook for the hesitant (or hopeless) handyman.”

Goofy escapades

Chocolate Milk CowsAuthor and humor columnist Burton W. Cole’s newest novel, Bash and the Chocolate Milk Cows, was published in May 2015 by B&H Kids/LifeWay Christian Resources. And his second novel, Bash and the Chicken Coop Caper, just won the prestigious 2015 Selah Award as Best Novel for Middle Grades. Cole is assistant metro editor at the Tribune Chronicle in Warren, Ohio. His award-winning humor column, “Burt’s Eye View,” has been appearing weekly in the Star Beacon in Ashtabula, Ohio, for 22 years and in the Tribune Chronicle for 19 years.

At what price?

Cascade FallsCascade Falls, Bruce Ferber’s second novel, explores the failed promise of the American dream. Raised to believe that with hard work, anything is possible, a staggering number of Americans hate their jobs and see little chance of ever escaping the grind. In his tragicomic follow up to the laugh-ridden Elevating Overman, Ferber asks the question: “How does giving up our dreams affect our relationships and our psyches?”

That’s Paris

That's ParisThe newly published anthology, That’s Paris: Life, Love and Sarcasm in the City of Light (Velvet Morning Press), includes a story by Lucia Paul. Her piece, “Chaperon et Liberté,” is a fictional story of a mother chaperoning her son’s trip to Paris, and how she spends the one afternoon she has to herself. Author proceeds from sales of That’s Paris benefit the charity Room to Read, which supports literacy and gender equality in education.

Survival of the fittest

Shopping Survival Guide for MenHumorist Dan Van Oss has published a frank and hilarious guide to every man’s mind-numbing nemesis — shopping.  Shopping Survival Guide for Men uncovers the hidden history and insidious psychology of shopping, including comical bonus quizzes (“Shoe Brand, Kentucky Derby Horse or Hipster Band Name?”) to help men pass the time until they’re asked to haul the bags out to the minivan.

Extraordinary stories

The Message of You JournalLily Tomlin says Judy Carter “is not just funny but she also knows how to help others find their authentic message and communicate it in a way that makes audiences laugh.” Her newest book, The Message of You Journal: Finding Extraordinary Stories in an Ordinary Day, is available in paperback on Amazon and as a downloadable interactive PDF.

A patchwork memoir

You Fall Off, You Get Back OnKirkus Review calls columnist Mary Stobie’s debut book, You Fall Off, You Get Back On: A Patchwork Memoir, “a humorous, thoughtful account with many memorable vignettes.” Her writing has been described as “a cross between Will Rogers and Lenore Skenazy” and “part Annie Oakley, part Erma Bombeck and 100 percent original.”

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