Beat: A Collection of Mostly Humorous Essays
By Tony Bender
Redhead Publishing, Inc., Ashley, North Dakota, 2002,
Note: Other books by Tony Bender are Loons in the Kitchen:
Poignant Short Stories from the Dakotas, 2000
(library.ndsu.edu/grhc/order/nd_sd/tbender.html) and The
and Mighty Da-Da, 2001 (library.ndsu.edu/grhc/order/nd_sd/bender.html).
Prairie Beat is the funniest short story collection yet
Bender, two-time winner of the Best Humor Columnist award from the
National Newspaper Association.
"Tony Bender's cult-humorist, prairie-celebrity persona is
nice, but listen closer. Recent visits we've had indicate to me
that Tony's expectations for himself, and his writing, are soaring.
Oh, he'll fashion the vivid rib ticklers from the ordinary stuff
of Dakota life, but lately he's looking deeper. We're the better
"Life up our way depends on this bench sitting,clutch grinding,
tear wiping, baby boomer wordsmith. Values that matter that propel
communities get preserved and passed along through Tony's words.
Every morning at daybreak, fingering the keyboard, cup of strong
coffee steaming close by, Tony Bender binds us, nudges us ahead. His knack for making
us chuckle is mere icing on the cake."
Kent Brick, Editor, North Dakota Living
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