Friday, March 11, 2011

Kindle and Google books announcement

Joe's Story: The Book of a Lifetime is now available on Amazon Kindle and Google Ebooks. Is that cool or what? I received an email last night from a new fan in Arizona telling me about how easily he could read it on his screen. He also rubbed it in that he was sitting on his back porch in 70* temperatures as opposed to the 30 some degrees here in Michigan. That was fun to hear. I knew it was coming but wasn't exactly sure when. Such is the life of a new author. Each day brings a new experience.

Question: What percentage of the United States coast line is in Alaska?

Another question: How many supervisors does it take to dig a hole?

Still another question: Can an adult actually lick their elbow?

Last question: What does a peach taste like when you rub your finger on an onion and then hold it under your nose.

One of the reasons I enjoy unusual questions and their answers is it reminds me that things are not always what they seem in the beginning. Also, some things remain the same no matter what.

I visited the grandfather of an old friend the other day, he is getting on in age rather well and lives by himself in a home not far from the city. Our conversation went well except for one peculiar thing of note. He kept mentioning how pleased he was with his choice of socks that day and showed them to me every time. At least I thought that was peculiar. Wouldn't you? Or, maybe it's just me.

Remember to send this website to everyone you know and like. OK, you can send it to those you don't like too. I'd appreciate it.............

Joe's Story really is the book of a lifetime.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Birds, Jesus and onions

"Joe's Story: The Book of a Lifetime," has a lot of good stuff in it for an inquisitive mind. All through my life I've been interested in questions that required some research. It was during the researching of one question that I found the answers to dozens of other questions which led to still other questions and answers. At one time in my preteen youth I read every word in the family dictionary and in my early teens poured over every volume of the Colliers Encyclopedia my folks just bought. My favorite printing of books was the "My Book House" collection that came free with the encyclopedias. If asked to remember what I read I couldn't begin to tell you. It didn't make me any smarter either. I do not have a photographic memory. I've read the bible cover to cover at least 5 times. I can't give you a single chapter and verse like so many others I've heard. What all that reading did was give me a thing called recall. Recall gives me a foundation to learn whatever I have to learn at the time very easily. The reason is probably that the reading of all those pages gave me a sense of wonder and purpose in this world, even for the seemingly trivial. My latest questions are these:

Do Hummingbirds really migrate South by slipping under the feathers of Geese?

Does the vortex of a flushed toilet really spin in different directions depending on which side of the equator you are on? Secondary Question- If so, which way does it spin on the equator itself?

Does all lightning go from cloud to ground or does it sometimes go from ground to cloud?

What is Gin flavored with? Secondary question-What taste is Vodka? Thirdindary question-Do onions really have a taste when you take the smell away?

Was the first real newspaper written in German of French or maybe Greek?

Was the first American newspaper printed in 1690 or 1704?

What language did Jesus speak: Greek, Aramaic or Hebrew?

Does a baseball warp when thrown by a professional pitcher?

As you can plainly see, my curiosity knows no bounds or particular signs of relativity. It helps that education is free from all sorts of medias. Tell everyone you know about Joe's Story, then we can all join the fun of learning interesting stuff can't we?

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Elephants and books and ducks

What does an elephant have to do with a book? More specifically, what does the book Joe's Story: The Book of a Lifetime have to do with ducks?


The question: How do you get down from an elephant?

The answer: You don't!

More answer: You get down from a duck!


Does that answer your question about the book, the elephant and the duck? Of course not, you have to read the book to get the answer. But then again, you have to be prepared to laugh your way through a lot of it. Available at Soon to be available on ebook and kindle too.

Happy Fat Tuesday!..................Joe

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Best book of the year

Joe's Story: The Book of a Lifetime, I was told recently, is the best book of the year they have read by members of a reading club. I felt quite honored because they read only non-fiction and mostly by well known authors. Yours truly, Joseph A. Cramer with several published articles and a couple of books under his belt hasn't been living under a rock all these years but on the other hand, there are no statues of me placed in any central parks either. To receive a compliment of that caliber from a group of about 25 critics was a real treat.

I had a great time listening to the discussion of Joe's Story at the weekly meeting and enjoyed answering their questions. The "Squirmy Worm Book Club" is a fun group to be with. They heard about Joe's Story through a news article concerning the 30th annual Silver treasure hunt, got their copies through and journeyed by the written word with me through life. They voted it the best book they had read all year and invited me to join them for coffee. Complimentary for the most part some of them did question my reasoning behind leaving grammatical and misspelling errors in the printing of the book. My answer is always that when my memory came back after 2 years of amnesia I was more aware of the imperfections we all have. I felt a perfectly written book would not be a true and honest rendering of my life. I explained that I totally understand there are professional book reviewers that will not go beyond the errors. It is their job to protect the purity of literature. It was my job to write it the way I remembered it, errors and all. I am imperfect, that's what the story is all about: Going beyond imperfections and doing what you can to survive.

Every day brings a new experience since Joe's Story was first published. No matter the hurdles they said, I need to promote and market Joe's Story in any way I can. "There is a wonderful story here. The best book we've read all year." I'm trying to do just that. I'd appreciate you're help getting the word out to everyone you know that loves a good story. Once you read Joe's Story, in a very good way part of it will be with you the rest of your life. There isn't anything wrong with good stuff. click on and check it out. You can help by placeing the books name, "Joe's Story: The Book of a Lifetime" in any subject line on every social network you can. It doesn't cost you a dime and I believe it will help a lot of people find a good read.
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