Synopses & Reviews
The Horse in My Garage and Other Stories
is a hilarious addition to Patrick F. McManuss existing work in humor. The author weighs in on his childhood, everyday life, and outdoor tales with his typical exaggerated commentary that will elicit a belly laugh from all types of readers.
Read about the antics of Patricks friends Rancid Crabtree and Retch Sweeney in such stories as “Shaping Up for the Hunt” and “Bear Hunters.” McManus plays off the recent obsession with hoarders in his surprising story “The Lady Who Kept Things.” In the titular story, meet Patricks horse, Huckleberry, and enjoy the experience of all the problems that come along with owning your own horse—or keeping him in the garage.
Other great stories include:
- “Catch-And-Eaters,” about the importance of a forked stick when fishing
- “$7000 TV Historical Extravaganza,” a look at one directors loose interpretation of historical accuracy and political correctness
- “A Lake Too Far,” concerning the woes of Patrick and his wife, Bun, on a fateful birding trip in Australia
- “Chicken Chronicles,” which involves Patricks memory of wandering around naked in the chicken yard when guests came to call
So pull up a chair, sit back, and enjoy laughing to the hilarious adventures of Patrick F. McManus in The Horse in My Garage and Other Stories.
"A style that brings to mind Mark Twain, Art Buchwald, and Garrison Keillor." People
"Patrick McManus is a treasure." Atlantic Monthly
"Everybody should read Patrick McManus." The New York Times Book Review
"McManus often works on the far side of memoir, where truth and untruth sometimes blend into fiction. In this delightful region, we meet the “ghost b'ar” that might have killed Ginger Ann's pig and two boys who intrepidly stalk the woods in the freezing twilight, then hide from wolves that appear where once there was a log pile. Other memorable characters on the far side include the old woodsman Rancid Crabtree and boyhood chums named Retch Sweeny and Barney Wapshut . . . A nice opportunity for nonmagazine readers to catch up with this engaging humorist, who never met a tall tale he didn’t like." Kirkus Review
"McManus writes about people and situations that, even if they are made up, are so vividly and entertainingly presented that they might as well be real. For the author’s many fans, and for lovers of humorous essays in general, this one is a must-read." Booklist
A wild collection of short and not-so-short stories from humorist Patrick F. McManus.
About the Author
Patrick F. McManus is a humor writer who began writing as an undergrad at Washington State University. Hundreds of his humor articles have been published in magazines such as Field & Stream and Outdoor Life. He has published more than a dozen humor books, several mysteries, and a children’s humor book. Among his recent works are The Tamarack Murders, The Horse in My Garage, Kerplunk!, and The Huckleberry Murders. He lives in Spokane, Washington.