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Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Magic of Mothers and Daughters Stacey Gustafson

Mothers and daughters. They are, at the same time, very similar and completely unique. This relationship – through birth, childhood, teen years, adulthood, grandchildren, aging, and every step in between – can be the best, the hardest, and the sweetest. Mothers and daughters will laugh, cry, and find inspiration in this collection of stories that remind them of their shared love, appreciation and special bond.

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Not Your Mother's Book On Family Stacey GustafsonRegardless of what limb you dangle from on your family tree, your roots play an important part in your everyday life, from “Oh, crap!” moments to family squabbles, from daring adventures to dealing with a crazy aunt or uncle. From those nuclear, blended or extended families, new memories are created, memories that turn into family legacies and stories often repeated. While you can choose your friends, you can’t choose your family.

“This book is laugh-your-butt-off-funny. Keep it on the table next to your bed if you want to be up all night. You’ll smile when you hear that “Candy Land is the tranquilizer of board games” in You Bet Your M&M’s! Mike McHugh discovers in From Soup to Putz what happens when a 5-year-old eats crab with Old Bay seasoning. It has a hilarious ending! And you don’t want to miss 36 Ways to Wreck Your Vacation. It had me at #1 – Take your kids! Grab your copy now to read all 60 stories!” Review by Stacey Gustafson.

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Not Your Mother's Book On Being a Mom Stacey GustafsonMothering in the modern age can be a challenge. These days, the umbilical cords for most kids are high-tech gadgets and social media. It’s a complicated world, but children still need their mothers. From kissing boo-boos to teaching the difference between right and wrong to helping navigate the ups and downs of teenage drama, moms unselfishly give their children the advice, support, and love they need. The stories in this book—ranging from birth to empty nest—are guaranteed to entertain and delight.

“One word-darn funny. OK that’s two words but who’s counting. This book will keep you up all night. You’ll read it in the carpool lane, at Starbucks, the doctor’s office, before bed. Heck, keep it in your purse and grab a few minutes to laugh on all your errands. You’ll learn about a redheaded little terror in “The Innies and Outies of Motherhood,” and a mother who defends the Tooth Fairy in “The Tooth Fairy’s Bad Rep.” That’s only two of the 64 stories in this gem. What are you waiting for? Grab your copy now!” Review by Stacey Gustafson

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Not Your Mother's Book  On Home Improvement Stacey GustafsonBuilding a better home is as American as baseball or apple pie. These true and funny stories are by homeowners, both young and old, from across the nation and even from a few other countries, who have tried their hands at home repairs and remodeling-which some have sworn off forever. From cleaning out stopped-up toilets to crashing walls and breaking pipes, their crazy attempts will elicit both empathy and laughter.

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NYMB On Being a Woman Stacey GustafsonGiving women a reason to laugh out loud about being a woman, this title shouts out, “If you’ve got it, flaunt it!” And the women whose stories are in this book have got it, baby! They are successful, beautiful, giving, inspiring, and exude womanhood more than any generation before them. They are sassy and crass, truthful and funny, and have come into their own with all barrels loaded, cocked, and ready to go. There is no stopping them as they share their real-life stories about womanhood: families, sex, hormones, husbands, clothes, and more.

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NYMB On Travel Stacey GustafsonFrom the jungles of Central America to the highlands of Africa, from the charms of Europe to the mysteries of North America, from the sacred sites of Asia to cruising on the Caribbean, the stories here are selected to delight and entertain. Armchair travelers and on-the-road adventurers alike will enjoy this vicarious journey around the world but should be warned: fasten your seat belt, because you’re guaranteed one hell of a trip!

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Not Your Mother's Book...On Parenting Stacey GustafsonBecoming a parent is part of the circle of life, and children bring joy to life-that and poopy diapers. The stories in this book begin with conception and end with becoming a parent to a parent. Every story in between offers laughter and those joyous moments to which all parents can relate.

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Written Across the Genres Stacey GustafsonWritten Across the Genres contains a variety of fiction and non-fiction examples to explore within genre designations. Stories, excerpts, essays, and poems express the characteristics of each category. • Meet dragons, a child trapped in an ice chest, a pregnant, homeless teenager, talking animals. • Flee from revolutionary Hungary. • Time travel to a bridge into the past. • Share women’s struggles in love relationships. • Learn about Aloha spirit and try a new recipe. • Plan a caper with criminals. • Join a female attorney threatened by corrupt doctors. • Escape with a Russian expat from Japanese occupied Shanghai and more.

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51ZKZ1-THLL._AA160_Voices of the Valley: Encore is the second anthology of the California Writer’s Club Tri-Valley Branch. Inside is a sampling of the joys and sorrows, the inevitable highs and lows, the truths and deceptions in the indelible scenes of life. As with life, creativity must flourish. Journey through humanity’s soul with the stories and poetry crafted from the talented writers of the Tri-Valley.

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