Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Susan Fales-Hill takes laughter to a whole new flight and has some books to give away

**Giveaway is now closed**

Today we welcome Susan Fales-Hill, who has had an amazing career, including her debut recent novel "One Flight Up." Susan was born in Rome and grew up in New York City. She graduated from the French high school of New York, "Lycee Francais de New York," and graduated with honors from Harvard College with two degrees, Literature and History, in 1985. In 2003, Susan published "Always Wear Joy" (HarperCollins), a memoir about her late mother Josephine Premise, who was an actress, singer and dancer. This memoir won many awards, including the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Legacy Award for Nonfiction, and a finalist for the NAACP Image Award. Susan lives in New York with her husband and their daughter.

Courtesy of Simon & Schuster, we have three copies of "One Flight Up" to some lucky readers in the US.

You can find Susan at her website, on Simon & Schuster, Facebook and Twitter.

Funniest chick lit novel?

Funniest book character (chick lit or any kind)?
Mr. Micawber from "David Copperfield."

Favorite comedy film?
"The First Wives' Club" and "The Women"

Funniest quirk you had as a child?
I loved Bette Davis movies. It sort of explains everything.

Funniest thing that happened to you recently?
The barrage of emails from the AARP and The Bra Genie.

Funniest misunderstanding?
When talking to a famous Cuban ballet dancer and his wife about performances in their native land, I asked "How were the sets?" To my bafflement, they recoiled, eyebrows arched, clearly offended. They thought I was asking "How was the sex?"

Strangest thing you find funny?
The ludicrous slogans of White Supremacist groups, like "Protect and preserve the beauty of white anglo saxon womanhood" worn on a T-Shirt. I'm thinking of ordering one.

Favorite inside joke you have with anyone you know?
In my co-dependent days, I felt guilty for the misery of every unfortunate person in the world. After breaking up with a man who cared deeply for me, I couldn't shake the feeling I had personally ruined his life. One night, as I droned on about how I'd devastated him, my friend said, "Why stop there? You're forgetting the hole in the Ozone layer. That's your fault too." Whenever I slip back into that guilt, all she has to say is "ozone layer."

Favorite comedian?
Lucille Ball

Favorite humorous quote?
"If you want to be really distinguished, you have to be dead. There's nothing as dignified as a mummy." Elizabeth Bennett to Caroline Bingley in the BRILLIANT 1939 version of "Pride and Prejudice" starring Lawrence Olivier and the divine Greer Garson.

Thanks to Susan for sharing her favorite funny things with us and to Simon and Schuster for sharing her book with our readers.

How to win "One Flight Up":
Please comment below with your e-mail address.
(Please note: Entries without an e-mail address will NOT be counted. You can use AT and DOT to avoid spam. Or provide a link to your facebook page or blog if you can receive messages there.)

Bonus entries (can be listed all in one post):
1. Please tell us: What is the strangest thing you find funny?
2. Follow this blog and post a comment saying you are a follower (if you already follow, that's fine too).
3. Post this contest on Facebook or Twitter or in your blog, and leave a comment saying where you've posted it.
4. Join Chick Lit Central on Facebook. Edit settings if you don't want to receive a lot of messages at your e-mail account. Please read our posting guidelines, as well. (If you're already a member, let us know that too.)
5. Add a friend to our Facebook group. (Tell us who you added.) Be sure to remind them to edit their settings.

US only. Giveaway ends October 31st at midnight EST.


Jeryl M. said...

I would like to read this book.


Jeryl M. said...

The strangest thing I find funny is the way some people's first and last names sound together.

I am a subscriber.

I am a Facebook follower.


Elissa said...

I want to read it!


Kritters Ramblings said...

The strangest thing I find funny is what people will do for free things!

I am a follower.
fan on facebook.


Nina said...

The strangest thing I find funny, hmmm. Well, I do crack up whenever I watch Teen Mom! Is that bad? LOL. :)

Marthalynn said...

This book looks sooo good!

Something that cracks me up: At the dollar stores they sell a lot of products that are manufactured in China. The descriptions and instructions on these items are hilarious! You can tell they were written in their native language and then a translation software was used to script it in English. A lot gets lost in the translation. So funny!

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Linda Kish said...

I would love to win a copy of this book.

I am a GFC follower

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BRN2SHOP9 said...

I follow via Facebook, twitter and GFC.

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Marian Pearson Stevens said...

Congrats on your release, Susan! Enjoyed the interview and laughs.
The ballet dancer thing is too funny.

I'm a FB follower and subscriber. Your book sounds like a blast!
marianpearsonstevens at gmail dot com

Unknown said...

This book sounds terrific and I'd love to win a copy!

Thank you for hosting this giveaway!


Unknown said...

The strangest thing I find funny is the commercials about various prescription drugs when they list so many possible risks or side symptoms that it seems to take 20 minutes or more to the point that you think the next thing they're going to say is, the last risk we want to tell you about is "...taking this drug could cause breathing"!


Unknown said...

I'm a follower of this blog!


Unknown said...

I follow Chick Lit Central on FB! (Amy Meyer)


Susan @ The Book Bag said...

I think it is funny to see people when they trip (not that that is funny, those poor people) but that they try to cover up that they just tripped and try to at all cool about it. It happens people - just accept that.

I am a GFC follower and 'Like' CLC on Facebook.


Amy said...

Amy's answer is so good! Ok so I find many things funny but get this one (talking about commercials) so many commercials saying smoking is bad for you right? However cigarettes are sold at pharmacies...make any sense? NO

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Jilleen said...

I would love to read this book - sounds so great.

Strange thing I find funny - when people walk into glass doors or continue to pull a door when the sign says push (or vice versa)

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Charlotte said...

I find it funny when people cant put into words what they are trying to order and use their hands to make shapes to try to tell me (i am a waitress)
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Kristen said...

I am a Facebook member.

Strangest thing I find funny: I tend to have the sense of humor of a 3rd grader and people falling down never gets old... as long as they don't get hurt. I love the show Wipeout!


Nancye said...

Thanks for the giveaway! This sounds like a great book! :)

I don't know if this is strange or not, but I am a people watcher, especially when I am out shopping. It craks me up some of the clothing some people wear! Crazy!!

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