Book Of The Day – The Plight Before Christmas

by Greg on December 9, 2011

Today’s Book Of The Day is a highly rated bargain Kindle book. The Plight Before Christmas by Bestselling author Gordon Kirkland is only 99 cents!

“A wonderful, nostalgic look at a simpler time and place. The Plight Before Christmas will appeal to fans of A Christmas Story. You don’t just read about this family–you live with them as they fumble and stumble to a hilarious holiday.”
Bruce Cameron, author of 8 Simple Rules For Dating My Teenage Daughter, A Dog’s Purpose and Emory’s Gift



The Plight Before Christmas
by Gordon Kirkland
Category: Parenting & Family/Humor
Price: $0.99

 

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What if Murphy’s Law took over the holidays?

James Kelly is a toy store owner, longing for the days when imagination didn’t come in the form of a computer chip in the latest incarnations of video game consoles. His store is suffering a pre-Christmas disaster, in part because the shoppers have all headed out to the malls near the edge of town, and partially because it is almost Christmas and there hasn’t been a hint of snow. When snow starts falling outside his store, James daydreams his way back to a much earlier holiday season, when the snow was late in arriving.

When snow came on that late December day in the early 1960’s, it brought with it a series of calamities and disasters to the Kelly household. If something could go wrong, it would, and if several things could go wrong, they all would in a cascade of comedic misadventures. No one was immune, especially James and his father Charles.

The Plight Before Christmas is written with the same sense of wit and whimsy that Kirkland brought to his earlier award-winning and bestselling books, and in his syndicated humor column that ran in American and Canadian newspapers from 1994 to 2007. This story is written for adults, but is also suitable for older YA readers.

Here’s what the reviewers have to say:

Syndicated humor columnist, blogger (Lost In Suburbia), and author (Rebel Without A Minivan) Tracy Beckerman says:
“The Plight Before Christmas is misnamed. It should be called ‘The Gift Before Christmas’ because this magical story is the best gift you can give or receive for the holidays!”

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OK, let me start by saying I had no clue who Gordon Kirkland was. Poor european me, never heard of him, never read his columns before. BUT I’m a huge fan of Erma Bombeck. When looking for columnists with wit and humor similar to Erma’s, I read about Mr Kirkland. I checked his books and decided to buy When my mind wanders it brings back souvenirs, without even trying a sample first! (me, brave!) I couldn’t put it down, I kept on repeating to myself: OK, just one more column, just one more… until I finished the whole thing without noticing.
Charming, witty, the kind of intelligent humor that makes you laugh aloud. No bad words or unappropiate content needed to make us laugh, ladies and gentlemen, just a pure optimistic, humoristic view of everydays life. Love the stories about his dogs and his family and every single anecdote is purely hilarious.
After “When my mind…” I bought everything I could find in kindle, I Think I’m Having One Of Those Decades, I May Be Big But I didn’t Cause That Solar Eclipse and Holly Jolly Frivolity and adored every column in them. I just got myself Justice Is Blind – And Her Dog Just Peed In My Cornflakes and Never Stand Behind A Loaded Horse in paperback (why no kindle edition!!!) and I’m ready for laughing marathon this weekend.

Get The Plight Before Christmas here: The Plight Before Christmas

About The Author


Gordon Kirkland is a three-time winner of Canada’s Stephen Leacock Award of Merit for Humour. His first book, Justice Is Blind – And Her Dog Just Peed In My Cornflakes (Harbour) took the award in 2000, and his second book, Never Stand Behind A Loaded Horse (Thistledown) won it in 2005. His third book, When My Mind Wanders It Brings Back Souvenirs (AuthorHouse) won the 2006 Award. His other books of humorous essays include I Think I’m Having One Of Those Decades (2006), I May Be Big But I Didn’t Cause That Solar Eclipse (2007) and Holly Jolly Frivolity (2009).

His latest book, The Plight Before Christmas is the story of a family facing numerous comedic calamities and disasters as an early 1960’s holiday season rapidly approaches. This is what can happen when Murphy’s Law takes over the holidays and sends them careening off in several comical directions.

His first novel, Crossbow is a darkly comedic mystery. Think Fargo without the wood chipper.

He has toured extensively throughout Canada and the United States with his books, and for speaking engagements at writer’s conferences, festivals and other events.

Kirkland wrote the syndicated humor column Gordon Kirkland At Large for newspapers in Canada and the USA from 1994 to 2007. He is also a frequent guest on radio and television in both countries.

He and his wife, Diane live near Vancouver, British Columbia with their Labrador Retriever. They have two grown sons.

Thank you for considering today’s Book Of The Day – Gordon Kirkland and ENT appreciate it.

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1 D. D. Scott December 9, 2011 at 10:59 am

Wavin’ atchy’all here in ENT-Land!!!

Gordon Kirkland is truly one of my Go-To Funny-Guys!

Whether you are reading him or talking to him or blogging with him, it’s as if you’re getting a superfab stand-up comedy routine.

He’s just a hoot and then some!!!

Happy Reading!!!

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