Book Review: Over the Hill on Yellow Brick Road by Cathi Turow

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Creativity has always been the most important aspect of a writer’s success in my humble opinion. Sometimes it’s the golden balance of wit and truth that make a book stand out among others in its genre. When a bloggerCathi Turow, I’ve been following published a book, Over the Hill on the Yellow Brick Road: Growing Older with Silliness, High Spirits and a Lot of Heart, earlier this year, I marked it as something to look into over the summer. Well summer arrived, and I found myself with a copy of something that sounded like a cross between almost everything. There’s a bit of truth in this off-beat and off-the-beaten-path (oh, that’s kinda funny when you think about the title) of a memoir (if I may borrow from Turow’s blog) combined with the sarcasm and humor of a well-written writer. And it makes sense given a former role was writing for television and children. So why not combine all of these things together in a ~100-page sorta-picture book filled with fantastic themes, imagery, advice and challenges, right?

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Turow’s book was a surprise. I knew what it covered before I dove in, but the world she’s created is admirable and endearing. You’ve heard all the nursery rhymes. You’ve listened to all the corny advice people share about growing older. But you’ve never quite heard it all tied together like this… a mom learning to adjust to the next phase in her life goes for a walk but is swept adrift to a faraway land. She wants only to get home, but at the same time, she feels compelled to help those around her in this land. Sometimes she’s offering the same advice she had once needed or had given to her, but in others, the quirky and memorable characters (don’t even get me started on the cute google-eyed pictures) show her a different way of looking at things. I don’t like to spoil a book, but there’s 1 story that will make you want to take a chance on this book… think of the Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe. What if she was a sudden empty-nester and considering downsizing? Should she choose a sandal? Or a glove? Or maybe something totally different? Yep, that’s the marvelous tone set for this book from the beginning. And what a fun read it was!

Less than 2 hours, a comfy couch, a glass of seltzer, and I’m laughing my you-know-what off for a while. But then we get to a certain truth about a certain 4-letter word, and I just lost it for a few minutes. Even Baxter (the 15-week puppy I just got) cocked his head and looked at me like I’m crazy. Crazy like a fox, I said… or at least the author is. She’s on to something quite good here and I can’t wait to see what journey unfolds with the next book she’s planning. For now, take a gander at her blog — you’ll LOVE it.

About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My novels, Watching Glass Shatter and Father Figure, can be purchased on Amazon as electronic copies or physical copies. I write A LOT. I read A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge – words and humor. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.

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20 thoughts on “Book Review: Over the Hill on Yellow Brick Road by Cathi Turow

    Chrissy said:
    June 29, 2018 at 6:57 PM

    Impressed. Great review.

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    Lisa@LismorePaperCo. said:
    June 29, 2018 at 8:20 PM

    Fantastic review! I enjoyed her book, too. Her humor is priceless and true. 😘🌞

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    Jessica Rachow said:
    June 29, 2018 at 9:44 PM

    Great review – this sounds like something I would enjoy. Will check it out!

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      June 30, 2018 at 7:53 AM

      Thank you! It’s adorable – I have the physical copy which is so much better than an ecopy in this case.

      Liked by 1 person

    shalini said:
    June 30, 2018 at 12:30 AM

    Great review. Fab. Imagining you laughing your you know what off was fun. Couldn’t you just say ass?

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      June 30, 2018 at 7:53 AM

      I should… some days I’m a prude apparently! LOL

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        shalini said:
        June 30, 2018 at 8:58 AM

        Hmm I have to agree.. I had to write you know what – 3 words extra – instead of ass…
        How the English have changed!!
        In My time ass meant donkey hahaha now it means backside.
        How is ass’ ass? Hehehehe. I am giggling to myself here.
        My due apology to all authors including yourself, but I am silly funny today

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        June 30, 2018 at 1:47 PM

        No need to apologize – humor is good. 🙂 And I wish I had the answers. LOL

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        shalini said:
        June 30, 2018 at 1:47 PM

        Hehehe 😂😂

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    roseelaineblog said:
    June 30, 2018 at 12:56 AM

    I’ve got her book and I agree 100% it’s a fantastic read.

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    Wonderful review Jay! You really are on a roll with great books. How is Baxter doing?

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      July 1, 2018 at 7:08 AM

      I am! I have had lots of time at home since Baxter arrived. He’s doing very well. A few more days to settle in but I think he’s got a routine now!

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    Cozynookbks said:
    July 1, 2018 at 3:06 PM

    I was curious after reading your review and went to the author’s blog. 😂😂

    Liked by 1 person

    carhicks said:
    July 2, 2018 at 8:13 PM

    Isn’t it wonderful when you can just sit, read, and laugh out loud. This sounds like a fun book.

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