It’s time to begin the HO HO HOPress-Shorehouse Books Holiday Reading List

We at HOPress-Shorehouse Books are so proud of all our authors.  They had a dream, and they accomplished their dream of being published authors — some for the first time.  To honor them this holiday season, we want to introduce you to the wonderful writers and their books — two or three at a time. These authors and books are in no particular order.  Please check out their work and buy some books!


Stand Up & Heartbreak: A Comic and A Sex Addict Walk into a Marriage…

AUTHOR:  Arlene Schindler, born in Brooklyn, N.Y. is an author and speaker sharing humorous tales of women’s secrets and desires. She originated the comedy column for The New York Post, writing reviews and profiles of comedians appearing in New York City. It was the first of its kind in the country, helping spur comedy’s greatest growth period. Her writing has appeared in The Los Angeles Times, Daily Variety, Purple Clover, The Huffington Post and many other publications.

She’s also a contributor to the anthology Women Under Scrutiny.  Her novel The Last Place She’d Look is a raucous romp through the hidden sex lives of today’s mature women.

BOOK DESCRIPTION:  Stand Up & Heartbreak is a narrative non-fiction glimpse into the life of a budding stand-up comic who unknowingly marries a sex addict, and they both stop performing. Set in NYC in 1981, from comedy cellars to dive bars to Park Avenue high-rises, a female comic from Brooklyn meets the man of her dreams, not knowing his addictions and double life. With big hair and a satin jumpsuit, she confronts sexism, manages hecklers, says “next” to bad sex and endures a marriage gone awry, finally emerging with the punch line. Stand Up & Heartbreak spotlights being a comic at the wrong time in a world where timing is everything.


Lite Whines and Laughter: Mild Rants and Musings on the Mundane 

AUTHOR:  Lee Gaitan is the award-winning author of two books, including the Amazon #1 Bestseller My Pineapples Went to Houston–Finding Humor in my Dashed Hopes, Broken Dreams and Plans Gone Outrageously Awry.

Lee is a wife, mother, teacher, writer and speaker, but above all, she is passionately committed to overcoming life’s obstacles, surviving sometimes by the skin of her teeth but always with humor and optimism. She wants to share that with others and encourage them to do the same.

Lee has gone from rock bottom moments in 2002 or as she refers it the “year of shock and awfulness.”  That year, her father died, her mother was in the hospital, semi-comatose from grief, and her husband of 22 years lost every penny of their money BEFORE running off to Arizona with his girlfriend, who just happened to be a former stripper.

She spent the next decade struggling with loss and challenges on every front, from finances and family to health and career. While there were many bounces up and down over the years, she finally bounced back and it was well worth the effort. Happily re-married, she lives with her husband and dog in suburban Atlanta where she divides her time between speaking, writing, teaching and keeping tabs on her tri-continental family

BOOK DESCRIPTION: If you like your optimism served with a side of snarkiness, Lite Whines and Laughter is the book for you. Lee Gaitan is a recognized “Bounce Back” expert (unless she’s not wearing eye liner, in which case she often goes unrecognized), known for looking on the bright side and finding the silver lining in dark clouds. But sometimes the best way to part the dark clouds and discover the sunshine is by way of a mild rant or musing on the myriad irritations of modern life. With Gaitan’s wit cutting through those clouds with razor-sharp accuracy, readers will find themselves on the sunny side of life again in no time.



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