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Retire

To Retire? Or Not To Retire? A Geezing Humorist’s Quest for Answers. (2016,createspace.com) $17.95 plus tax. Illustrated by R. Daniel Proctor. When Sam unplugged his computer at the Knoxville News Sentinel, friends and colleagues alike demanded to know: “Retire from what? He never had a real job!” True enough. But as Sam always said about his award-winning career as a newspaper columnist: “It sure beat working for a living.” For nearly half a century, he entertained readers and audiences throughout the South with his witty, offbeat, sarcastic (and occasionally serious) observations on life. So did Sam really quit? Of course not, and this newest collection of columns is proof. As he says, with a wink and a grin, “The only difference between ‘employee’ and ‘retiree’ is a bunch of letters ending in ‘ee.’ Why jump off a gravy train like that?”

Warning!

WARNING! This Product Contains Nuttiness: A Fun Look at the Bizarre World in Which We Live. (2013, University of Tennessee Press)
$24.95 plus tax. Illustrated by Tommy Smith. Says the University of Tennessee Press: “Some have called him a modern-day Mark Twain, others the Dave Barry of Knoxville; but while there may be some similarities, Venable is wonderfully unique. He sees—and sees through—the pervasive silliness and stupidity of our world. It evokes wonder in him, and with many a deft turn of phrase, he interprets 
that wonder for us. WARNING! will make you smile, but it will also make you think and sometimes even touch your heart.”

Tawlk

How to Tawlk and Rite Good. (2013, createspace.com), $6.95 plus tax. A whimsical yet practical dictionary of Southern Appalachia’s quaint words and phrases. Gleaned from a lifetime of studying the language of his people, Sam dedicated this book “to the many teachers, formally educated and otherwise, who done learnt me to tawlk and rite good.”

Thumbs

Back in print after

twenty years!


A Handful of Thumbs and Two Left Feet: Sam Venable’s Best Outdoor Stories. (2013, createspace.com), $14.95, plus tax. Illustrated by Tommy Smith. Revised, expanded and updated accounts of Sam’s misadventures afield. Includes material from the early 1970s through 2013.

 

Someday I May Find Honest Work

Someday I May Find Honest Work: A Newspaper Humorist’s Life. (2007, University of Tennessee Press), $19.95, plus tax. Illustrated with cartoons by Dan Proctor. In this fun-filled collection, Sam pokes good-natured fun at everything in the world around him.

You Gotta Laugh to Keep From Cryin'

You Gotta Laugh to Keep From Cryin'A Baby Boomer Contemplates Life Beyond Fifty. Illustrated with cartoons by Dan Proctor. (2003, University of Tennessee Press), paperback $19.75, tax included. Collection of Sam's humor columns about the perils of growing older. 

Rock-Elephant

Rock-Elephant : A Story of Friendship and Fishing. (2002, University of Tennessee Press), paperback $16.50, tax included. Illustrated with sketches by Tommy Smith. Tells the story of the 27-year friendship between Sam and Rev. Ray Hubbard, a backwoods preacher and expert bass fisherman who died in 1998.

Mountain Hands

Mountain Hands: A Portrait of Southern Appalachia. (2000, University of Tennessee Press), paperback $27.25, tax included. Illustrated throughout with black and white photographs. A contemplative book containing profiles and photos of four dozen people living in five states in Southern Appalachia who work with their hands.

Ridgetops to Riverbottoms

From Ridgetops to RiverbottomsA Celebration of the Outdoor Life in Tennessee. (1995, University of Tennessee Press), paperback $20.75, tax included. More of Sam's outdoor stories, taken both from the newspaper and magazines he has written for throughout his career.

 

Carson Brewer

A Wonderment of Mountains: The Great Smokies, (2003, University of Tennessee Press), paperback, $21.75, tax included. A reprint of a 1981 classic by the late Carson Brewer, longtime News Sentinel columnist. Venable wrote the foreword for this new edition.

DVD

Talk is Cheap

Christmas Holiday Special DVD of the “Talk is Cheap” tour for WBIR’s “Heartland” series. Includes the original TV show, plus twenty minutes of bonus footage. Featuring Sam and fellow storytellers Bill Landry, Elizabeth Rose and Jim Claborn. $19.95, plus tax.

Sam Venable books out of print:

Two or Three Degrees off Plumb

Two or Three Degrees Off PlumbSam Venable's Unique Look at Life. (1988, Knoxville News Sentinel) paperback. Illustrated with cartoons by Martin Gehring. Collection of Venable's humor columns.

An Island Unto Itself

An Island Unto Itself : The Story of Little Pecan(1981, Taylor Publishing Co.) The colorful history of Little Pecan Island, a remote, wildlife-rich area in southwest Louisiana. Written on commission for Little Pecan Properties, Inc. Available only through the author via contribution to Ducks Unlimited, the international wetlands conservation association.

One Size Fits All and Other Holiday Myths

One Size Fits All and Other Holiday Myths : A Walk Through the Four Seasons With Sam Venable. (1991, Knoxville News Sentinel), paperback. Illustrated with cartoons by Martin Gehring. Collection of Venable's humor columns about holidays, festive events and traditional celebrations throughout the year.

I'd Rather be Ugly Than Stuppid

I'd Rather Be Ugly Than Stuppid…and Other Deep Thoughts. (1996, Knoxville News Sentinel), paperback. Illustrated with cartoons by Dan Proctor. More Venable humor columns about the crazy times of our lives.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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