100 Ways to Beat the Blues: An Uplifting Book for Anyone Who's Down

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Simon and Schuster, May 11, 2010 - Self-Help - 208 pages
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"This book is like a good song; it will reach so many people right where they live." ----Tanya Tucker

How do you beat the blues? We all have moments in life when we're down, lonely, or just plain sad. It's part of being human. Just as everyone is different, everyone has a unique way of beating the blues.

For anyone who needs a bit of inspiration, a smile, or a friendly pat on the back, Tanya Tucker and ninety-nine friends offer this heartwarming collection of their personal recipes for beating the blues. Whether through family, friends, nature, music, or maybe even a little Jack Daniel's (as Nobel Prize winner William Faulkner recommended), the collected voices in this timeless book remind us of all the happiness and joy life has to offer. President George H. W. Bush yells at the television. Loretta Lynn makes herself a fried bologna sandwich. Sir Arthur C. Clarke explores the infinite universe of fractals. NASCAR's Geoff Bodine cleans the house. Seventy celebrities such as Kris Kristofferson, Jerry Orbach, and Garth Brooks and thirty ordinary folks such as a farmer, a private detective, a doctor, and a retired gospel radio-show host share what lifts their spirits and puts them back in the game of life. From George Jones's practical "Around the Farm Blues" to "Weird Al" Yankovic's funny "The Warm Weather Blues" to Cathie Pelletier's soulful "The Sunday Blues," 100 Ways to Beat the Blues is an inspiring guide to finding happiness no matter what the blues may bring.
 

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Contents

The TwoHour Blues TANYA TUCKER
1
The Wrong Motorcycle Blues ROSEANNE
4
Perking Up the Blues MYRTLE TODD
5
Sweeping Away the Blues GEOFF BODINE
7
How We Beat the Blues GEORGE AND BARBARA BUSH
8
The Finite Blues SIR ARTHUR c CLARKE
10
On the Road Blues JAMES GREGORY
11
An Alternative to the Blues WILLIE NELSON
13
How to Beat the Blues in L A STEPHANIE GERMAIN
97
The Mystery of the Blues THOMAS PATRICK STRAW
99
The Creative Blues TOMMY JAMES
101
The BrokenDown Bus Blues GERALD WILLIAMS
103
Cooking Up the Blues TY HERNDON
106
The Espionage Blues SHERRY SULLIVAN
107
The Healing Blues JESSE COLIN YOUNG
111
Jades Message for the Blues HELEN VROON
113

The Walter Mitty Blues ROBERT TIMMERMAN
14
The Faces of the Blues GAYLE SAYERS
17
The Backseat Blues WESLEY MCNAIR
18
The LateNight Blues LORETTA LYNN
21
The Broken Heart Blues IAN DUNCAN
23
Two Words for the Blues ERIC BURDON
26
The Army Blues JAMES GORDON BENNETT
27
The Front Porch Blues RODNEY AMMONS
29
The Blues and Richard Harris EVAJUEL
30
Giving Away the Blues MORGAN FAIRCHILD
33
The Waylon Blues WENDY RODRIGUE
34
The Helping Hand Blues BRENDA LEE
36
The Dark Side Blues DAVID PROWSE
37
Rolling Over the Blues PAT SCHROEDER
40
Laughter and the Blues BURT REYNOLDS
41
Blues of the Heart DANIEL WOLFF
43
The Good Medicine Blues GEORGE STEVENS JR
45
The Positive Side of the Blues GENE PITNEY
47
Quinnies Blues DINAH JOHNSON
48
The OneTime Blues RITA COOLIDGE
50
Shane Beats the Blues TIMSANDLIN
51
Friends Can Beat the Blues DR MICHAEL OBENSKI
53
Beating the Blues Daily GARTH BROOKS
54
The Cinematic Blues DAN LAURIA
57
How Farmers Beat the Blues DAVE STAPLETON
58
The Insignificant Blues JOANJETT
60
The Blues and the Fiddle DOUG KERSHAW
61
The Jurassic Blues TOM RYMOUR
63
The Jack Daniels Blues PAUL SYLBERT
64
The Warm Weather Blues WEIRD AL YANKOVIC
69
Swinging Away the Blues JEAN ATWOOD
70
The High Altitude Blues ANDREW STEVENSON
71
The Duet Blues CHAD JEREMY
74
Hugging Away the Blues CRETCHEN WILSON
76
When Friendly Angels Get the Blues TERRI DERINCTON
77
Around the Farm Blues GEORGE JONES
79
How to Dodge the Blues TERRY KAY
81
Planting the Blues PHIL RICHARDSON
83
Country Music Beats the Blues JERRY ORBACH
85
Three Steps Ahead of the Blues DONNA FARGO
86
The Food Blues DR JOYCE BROTHERS
91
The Starting Over Blues KRISTINA COPKOV
92
Organizing the Blues WYNONNAJUDD
95
How Horses Lick the Blues LYNN ANDERSON
117
Partying Away the Blues TROY BODY
119
The Polka Blues Cure STEVE POPOVICH
121
The Other Side of the Blues JUDY HENSKE
123
Riding Out the Blues NICOLE MCBREAIRTY
126
Dousing the Blues BOBBY BRADDOCK
128
The Night Jimmy Smith Lit Up the Blues PORTER FOX
129
The Creepy Blues TAYLOR DAYNE
132
The Writing Blues JEFFREY A CARVER
133
The Rainy Blues DELBERT MCCLINTON
135
The Sheltering Blues LAURA CILPIN
136
The Starry Night Blues JOHN LAPPEN
138
The Vietnam Blues SHAD MESHAD
140
Honkytonk Muzik and the Blues BIG RICH
142
The Yorkshire Blues CHRIS SIMPSON
144
The Lawn Mower Blues LITTLE RICHARD
146
The MapCrease Blues DAVID LOGAN
147
The Unbeatable Blues KRIS KRISTOFFERSON
150
Dissecting the Blues PAUL GAHLINGER
151
The Friendly Blues BILLY BOB THORNTON
154
FlyFishing Through the Blues MACYE LAVINDER MAHER
155
OutridingOutplaying the Blues BRET MICHAELS
157
The Ageless Blues PATSI BALE cox
158
The Texas Hold Em Blues DANIEL NECREANU
160
The Sunday Blues CATHIE PELLETIER
161
Outjumping the Blues CHARLES BARKLEY
165
The Swamp Blues CARL HILEMAN
166
Blues for Sale ROBERT WESTWOOD
168
The Blues Is the Blues JERRY LEE LEWIS
171
The Unemployed Blues JAY HECKMAN
172
The Sidecar Blues WALLY LAMB
174
The Scam Letter Blues BRAD CHRISTENSEN
176
The Boring Blues KINKY FRIEDMAN
178
The FourLegged Rescue Blues NANCY PARKER SIMONS
179
The Positive Blues ROCKY BLIER
181
Aldo and the Blues HAL KANT
183
Burning Down the Blues BLAKE SHELTON
185
The Blue Heaven Blues JOSE EBER
186
Escaping the Blues RAY BOOM BOOM MANCINI
190
The Corner of Joy and Peace Blues TAMMY FAYE MESSNER
191
The Tucker Children Beat the Blues
194
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Tanya Tucker was born in Seminole, Texas, and achieved international fame at the age of thirteen when her first single, "Delta Dawn," soared to the top of the charts. Considered to be one of the great song stylists, she has become one of music's most beloved icons. Her recording catalog includes more than a hundred solo and compilation albums; she has been honored with the highest awards country music can offer and has received numerous awards for her work outside music. When she is not on tour she is at her Tennessee farm with her three children: Presley, Grayson, and Layla, as well as assorted dogs, cats, and horses.

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