The Best Gift Books for 2021-Part II

Welcome to the Holiday Season! This is the time of year when we direct you to some of the most talented writers in the world!  Yep, we at HumorOutcasts Press/Shorehouse Books/Corner Office Books are not biased at all. Anyway, give a look at our wonderful authors and books and buy one or 20 to support their work.


Mary Farr has inspired so many readers through her books over the years. Her latest, Don’t Postpone Joy, teaches us through real-life stories and experiences why we should not waste a moment.  Follow Mary on Facebook

Book Description: Don’t Postpone Joy emerged during a year of an isolating pandemic and social turmoil. It was a year that left the world watching and wondering how healing could ever happen. Each chapter offers an element of hopefulness, an expectation of future good.

Don’t Postpone Joy  defines life more holistically, as a series of turning points and passages. These become our personal stories, those important tests and trials that shape us. Our task, according to the author, is to examine what they mean, come to peace with their impact, learn to coexist with the heartaches, and build joy from the whole lot.

Mary Farr, a longtime pediatric and adult hospital chaplain has devoted years to exploring the worlds of hope, healing and humor. She infuses these qualities into her writing and teaching.

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Mary completed divinity studies in the Episcopal Diocese of Eau Claire where she was ordained to the permanent diaconate. She received a Masters of Theology and serves in pastoral ministry at St. Martin’s By The Lake Episcopal Church, in Minnetonka Beach, Minnesota. Mary is also the author of The Promise in Plan B: What We Bring to the Next Chapter in Our Lives  and if the critically acclaimed If I Could Mend Your Heart.


Award-winning author Lee Gaitan gave us a wonderful second edition of her book My Pineapples Went to Houston: Finding the Humor in My Dashed Hopes, Broken Dreams and Plans Gone Outrageously Awry 

Book Description: That’s the message that comes through loud and clear in My Pineapples Went to Houston, Lee Gaitan’s personal and powerful tale of surviving a decade of relentless chaos and loss. The “shock and awfulness” began in 2002 when her father died, her mother teetered on the brink of a coma and her husband of 22 years secretly lost all their money and ran off with a stripper. And it was all downhill from there!

Then one day in the midst of all the chaos—somewhere between loud cursing and crying—she recalled an amusing anecdote she’d heard about pineapples that spoke to her circumstances in such an unexpectedly humorous way that she couldn’t help but laugh out loud. “That moment of laughter was a small epiphany for me. I realized that I had allowed my sense of humor, which had always mitigated the bad breaks in my life and enhanced the good ones, to fall victim to the machete my ex-husband had taken to my life. I determined right then and there that I could no longer permit that. I instinctively knew that humor was the most potent, and just about the only, protection I had at my disposal to survive the crises unfolding around me, and I vowed to keep it alive.”

Told with honesty and insight—and, of course, humor—My Pineapples Went to Houston both inspires and entertains readers and offers hope and encouragement to those struggling with their own “plans gone outrageously awry.”

Lee Gaitan is a multi-award-winning author of three books, including her latest, Lite Whines and Laughter—Mild Rants and Musings on the Mundane. She has authored chapters in bestselling books and her work has been featured on The Huffington PostYahoo NewsErma Bombeck Humor Writers’ WorkshopThe Good Men Project, Mothers Always Write and Bella Grace among others. Lee lives with her husband and dog in suburban Atlanta where she divides her time among speaking, writing, teaching, and keeping tabs on her tri-continental family. Find her at Lee Gaitan | Author, Speaker, Humorist.

Author friend of HOPress Dave Jaffe saw his book Sleeping Between Giants: Life, If You Could Call It That, With A Terrier: Book I: Budleigh, the Early Year named the 2021 International Book Award Humor Winner! Follow Dave at

Book Description: Cunning, intelligent, and fleetingly thoughtful, this young, very social, black-and-white, cow-eyed terrier, Budleigh, was proof of those old adages, “Smart as a terrier” and “Did he break the skin?”

Indies Today 2019 Best Humor Book Award Winner, Sleeping between Giants: Life, If You Could Call It That, With A Terrier explores the highly successful, though often confusing relationship between Canines and Giants through essays and cartoons created by the author.

Newly adopted Budleigh bonds quickly with his Giants 1 & 2 and as their first shelter dog, proves no more a challenge than if they’d both pursued medical degrees. He is more a challenge to, say, half a loaf of cornbread left on the table in a dark kitchen. But who could blame Budleigh? The streets taught him that talk is cheap, life is tough, and you don’t get much cornbread.

Five-Star reviewIndies Today: “Dave Jaffe’s obvious love for animals is matched by his talent for writing. Sleeping with Giants will make you laugh out loud with the author’s Seinfeldian observations on life with a terrier.”

Best-selling author Lori B. Duff review excerpt: “I started to read it in the lobby of the auditorium while I was waiting for my son’s concert to start. I had to stop reading it in public because I was making a spectacle of myself, laughing, snorting, and insisting that my husband quit doing what he was doing so that he could read the passage I was laughing at.”

Sleeping between Giants offers great wisdom from Budleigh, his older co-dog Brisby, Nature’s Perfect Schnoodle, and a host…well, pack of dog park locals.

They’ve much to teach us. Besides the best spots to poop!



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