Kenneth Books: Editor - Eglin Flyer & Hurlburt Patriot; Managing Editor of The Bay Beacon REVIEW AND PRESS RELEASE FOR "Hang In There Like Hair In A Biscuit"
Many books of advice on how to become a winner are filled with trite sayings and tepid prose. They're more of a cure for insomnia than a way for a reader to pick himself up by his bootstraps. Not so with "HANG IN THERE LIKE HAIR IN A BISCUIT." This is a small book, one that can be read in one sitting. In fact, it's so interesting, so filled with pathos and humor, that few readers will be able to put it down. Each of the nine chapters focuses on a different "C" beginning with Communication. Each contains examples from author Bradford's Colorful (another C) life, growing up in the South, marrying the woman of his dreams and suffering with her during her fatal illness and serving as a high school and college football coach. Each will make the reader laugh. Some will bring tears to his eyes. For example, Bradford recounts an incident when two boys of his youth stole three dozen eggs from a chicken farm owned by one of their uncles, set them out in the sun for a few days, then began tossing the now sulfurous, rotten eggs at cars. Of course they were caught. In most communities, they would be chastised, given community service and taken home to their parents who, in many cases, would heap additional punishment on them. In this case, the sheriff caught the boys, both of whom were athletes coached by Bradford's father. The coach set the punishment. He made the boys strip to the waist and throw the remaining rotten eggs at each other. If any missed, it would mean a night in a cell. That's the kind of punishment you don't forget quickly. Throughout the book, Bradford relates homespun anecdotes to illustrate the theme of each chapter. Each anecdote comes with its own subhead, whose cleverness forces the reader to forge ahead to the next subhead. Who, for example, could resist reading an anecdote called:"Mr. No Shoulders Woke 'em Up?" or "Catfish, Spud and a Leather Enema?" Or even "Skunks at the Love Shack?" This is a portrait of the South, into which solid, wise advice for living is subtly inserted. It's hard to read the book for laughs without ingesting some of the wisdom within as well. Don't let the size of the book fool you. It's a Napolean of the literary world: Small in stature but huge in impact.