Friday, November 06, 2009

Chicken Soup for the Soul: All in the Family (Giveaway)


Just in time for the holidays, I’m pleased to announce the publication of my new book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: All in the Family! If you’re familiar with the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, you know that they have many great books for fathers, mothers, sisters, grandmothers and other family members. So, what makes this book different? It’s weird!

Yes, this book is a lot “edgier” than other Chicken Soup for the Soul books because we were really looking for stories that showed how dysfunctional most of our families are. We wanted to know about people’s quirky, strange, outrageous and just plain odd relatives. We didn’t want to hear about the granny who knitted scarves for her family. We wanted to hear about the granny who drives a motorcycle and sports tattoos! There’s a very good reason why this book’s subtitle is: 101 Incredible Stories About Our Funny, Quirky, Lovable, and “Dysfunctional” Families!

But beware! You may even find that Chicken Soup for the Soul: All in the Family represents YOUR FAMILY! This collection of 101 stories highlights wacky yet lovable relatives, holiday meltdowns, funny foibles, and incredible in-laws, along with more serious stories about abuse, control freaks, and flare-ups. If you’re looking for a great holiday gift for the people in your family, this book definitely fits the bill.

You can order Chicken Soup for the Soul: All in the Family from Amazon by clicking on the link below:



GIVEAWAY

I will also send a copy of this book to three winners! To enter, please leave a comment below briefly describing your wackiest family member (no names please!) or something goofy that happened at a family gathering. You must do this to enter this giveaway.

As always, you can earn optional, additional entries by doing any of the following and leaving a separate comment for each:

- Following Susan Heim on Parenting on Networked Blogs. Click on “Follow This Blog” on the left sidebar.

- Following Susan Heim on Parenting through Google Friend Connect. Click on the “Follow” button on the left sidebar.

- Following Chicken Soup for the Soul and me on Twitter (@chickensoupsoul and @ParentingAuthor) and tweeting about this giveaway. Leave a comment with the URL of your tweet. You may tweet once a day. Please leave a separate comment for each tweet.

- Putting a button for Susan Heim on Parenting on your blog (the code is in the upper right-hand column of this site) or a text link on your blog roll. Post a comment with your blog’s URL.

- Posting this giveaway on your blog with a link to this page. Leave a comment with a direct link to the post.

- Listing Susan Heim on Parenting as one of your Favorites on Technorati. (See “Add this Blog to My Technorati Favorites” banner on the left sidebar.) Leave a comment with your Technorati user name.

- Subscribing to Susan Heim on Parenting via email and/or RSS (see sign-up options on left sidebar). Leave a comment for each subscription method.

- Entering the GE Appliance giveaway. Click on the picture of the stove near the top of the left sidebar. Leave a comment on this contest page each time you enter. You can enter daily! (Hurry, as the GE appliance giveaway ends on November 15, 2009.)

Three winners will be randomly selected from the qualified comments received by Friday, November 20, 2009, at midnight ET. Please leave an email address on one of your comments if it’s not available on your Blogger profile. Winners must respond within 72 hours or another winner will be drawn. U.S. and Canada residents only.

CONTEST CLOSED. Congratulations to our three winners: pippirose, Natalie A., and azrosebud!


[P.S. This book has been so popular that we're already collecting stories for a follow-up book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Family Matters. If you've got a terrific story to share, you can submit it through the Chicken Soup for the Soul website. Click on "Submit Your Story" and select "Family Matters" as the book.]


76 comments:

  1. Growing up I had an Uncle that would always be playing practical jokes on family members during any and all family reunions. Everything from that "fake puke" (that rubbery, disgusting stuff) that does look real BTW to bugs in your drinks.

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  2. I Follow you via Google Friend Connect :)

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  3. I follow both you and (@chickensoupsoul on Twitter as Coupons4Me.

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  5. I'm a Happy Email Subscriber :)

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  6. I've been entering your GE Appliance Giveaway for quite some time now :)

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  7. My 4 year old called her brother a name...can't remember now what it was. Anyway, my husband called her in to ask her if she did something she'd like to tell us about. After about a minute of her saying "umm, umm", my husband told her what we knew. She then proceeds to tell us, "Well, I don't remember that coming out of my mouth.". She was completely serious too!!

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  8. We have a relative who thought that 2 Cornish Game Hens and a 6oz, can of peas would be enough to feed 10 people for Thanksgiving dinner. The same relative was assigned to bring a birthday cake for her sister's B-day party. She showed up with a cake mix, handed the box to her sister and asked her to make it.

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  9. I love being an E-mail subscriber!

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  10. Mary, your story is hilarious. You should submit it for the upcoming Chicken Soup book: Family Matters. http://www.chickensoup.com

    By the way, you need to leave an email address if you want to try to win a book. I don't see one on your Blogger page.

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  11. Anonymous4:15 PM

    I guess my wackiest family member would be my sister. She borrows and doesn't return, lies and believes her lies, and oh, how painful the rest of the stories are!

    bgcchs(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  12. Anonymous4:17 PM

    Email subscriber.

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  13. Anonymous5:48 PM

    Follower via Google friend Connect.

    bgcchs(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  14. My family and my sister's family believe that most of the family members should remain at the table until everyone is finished eating their meal! That is, except for the youngest family members. My sister's kind and delightful mother-in-law not only talked a lot during the meal, but ate very slowly! She would also scrape her plate while eating, so that it almost looked immaculate after she finished eating. One time, I can remember literally sitting at the table for 45 minutes waiting for her to be done eating. Many thanks for a chance to win your wonderful book! Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  15. I follow you on Networked Blogs!
    Again, many thanks.....Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  16. I also follow you via Google Friend
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  17. I follow you at both names on Twitter!
    "Tweet!"
    http://twitter.com/cmh512/status/5527047210.
    All is appreciated, Cindi
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  18. Email subscriber.
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  19. I follow your Rss Feed via my Google
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  20. You are favored on my Technorati Page!
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    windycindy
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  21. I entered the GE Appliance Giveaway!
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  22. My whole extended family live for their jokes. My brother in law was named 'butts' because someone threw a cigarette butt in his pocket and the smoke started pouring out his pocket!

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  23. I follow via google connect

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  24. I have a brother-in-law who always seems to have the funniest stories and the craziest things happening to him. cardshark42(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  25. I am an email subscriber. cardshark42(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  26. I follow through google friend. cardshark42(at)hotmail(dot)ocm

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  27. I'm an email subscriber.

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  28. Anonymous2:33 PM

    my family was going coming up with the most wacky thing to on our vaction!! One time we didn't use our tents and during the night it started to rain so we end having to sleep in the car !!

    I also fellow you on twitter

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  29. The wackiest family member would be my step mom! She buys so much stuff and always returns it. I always wonder why she even buys the stuff, but she is a shopaholic and a returnaholic! She gives me the return slip coupon things as a present!

    coolnatty12 at yahoo dot com

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  30. I follow on Network Blog!

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  31. I follow your blog!

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  32. I subscribe by e-mail!

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  33. I follow both and tweeted!
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  34. I blogged!
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  35. Tweet!
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  36. Our wacky family winds up and races chattering teeth at family gatherings. We cheer them on and there are prizes for the winner.

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  37. I follow your blog.
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  38. email subscriber
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  39. My whole family put the "fun" in dysfunctional. My husband (then boyfriend) first met my mother and other family at the park. When he came upon them, my mother and nephew and brother and others were playing their own form of football. They were covered in aluminum foil for protection and using a shoe for a football. They're crazy, but I love 'em.
    partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  41. My mother-in-law is pretty wacky. The latest is that she insists on hosting Thanksgiving this year and cooking the turkey plus most of the other food. The problem is she just moved into a rental home with no stove and is refusing to buy one. She says she can cook on her small camping-style stoves and that quote "It'll be fun!"

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  43. We are all pretty wacky around here. We love to speak in movie quotes and different languages. We've been told we are pretty funny people. Or maybe they are just scared....

    mamie316(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

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  44. There's someone in my extended family that has a black cloud hanging over him--everything that could go wrong, does. Everything he touches (every tool he borrows) breaks...or he forgets where he put it away...or he accidentally threw it in the trash...
    :o)
    pippirose59 at gmail dot com

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  45. I follow you via Google Friend Connect.
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  46. I'm a subscriber.
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  47. I follow you via Networked blogs (under my name, Piroska).

    pippirose59 at gmail dot com

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  48. I faved Susan on Technorati (my name there: pippirose).

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  49. Tweet
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  50. I had a wackey aunt and I remember about her was she had the stinkiest breathe ever

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  52. i have one nut of an aunt she just loves to make everything about her!!

    grrr

    thanks
    wadesherry@hotmail dot com

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  53. i follow

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  54. my wackiest family member is my aunt she has plastic covering almost every surface in her house - i hate to go over there in the summertime. It's sticky business!

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  55. following on twitter - and here's my tweet

    http://twitter.com/azrosebud/status/5790263762

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  56. following on twitter -

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    http://twitter.com/azrosebud/status/5790311897

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  57. Tweet
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  59. Anonymous7:21 PM

    My cousin said that the candles, which were tilting, on the candelabra, were not straight. Someone else said that was no biggie, almost no one at the table was either.

    theyyyguy@yahoo.com

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  60. My brother is a bit wacky during Christmas. He is a devout Christian and that is all cool and everything but sometimes at dinner he comes off as a nut. He will be using the phrase "prince of peace" so much that my mom will yell at him to stop. Its always a bit uncomfortable.
    Scott
    nynekats at aol dot com

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  61. following your blog
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  62. My mom is a bit wacky when it comes to me visiting her. I have not been to her house in years due to distance and elderly pets that need medicine several times a day, so I cannot travel. She continues to invite me and act disappointed every time I say no. I told her just yesterday that I thought she was losing her mind. LOL
    Angie
    one 4 earth at aol dot com

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  63. I follow your blog.
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  64. Will I fell out of my chair at Christmas once.
    erma.hurtt@sbcglobal.net

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  66. My grandma, she would write hate letters and actually send them to members of the family...

    Hotsnotty2@hotmail.com

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  67. My sister, she comes over with her BAD children and then wants everyone else to take care of them while she gets a nap :)

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  68. my aunt is the wackiest one in my family ,once around christmas she went out in her backyard and cut down a apple tree and spray painted it white for her christmas tree

    thanks

    flower_child_23(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  69. my sister, she goes from being a vegan one year to eating 2x more meat then me,

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  71. My favorite memory of Thanksgiving is when I had my own first dinner, in my own home, with my own disasters! The turkey was frozen in the middle, my husband dropped the cake, my aunt and the side dishes were late, and upon entering my mom let the dog out the front door. I went after the dog, 6 months pregnant, and everyone followed as I waddled. I certainly wasn't laughing that day, but I can't help but think on how our expectations sometimes make us forget why we celebrate. It was all those people making me crazy that I couldn't live without today. Thankful, thankful, thankful, and today I can cook a turkey well for my even larger blessing of a family.

    cheskafaith@sbcglobal.net

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  72. I follow you on Twitter!
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  73. your button is on my blog

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  74. I follow Chicken Soup for the Soul on Twitter
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