Yankee Humor & Books for Adults

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That Reminds Me of a Funny Story

In her twenty-five year career as a yankee storyteller, Rebecca Rule has traveled throughout New England, telling stories and gathering them. One story always leads to another...

 

At town halls, historical societies, churches, and senior centers, people have shared stories that connect them to this rocky old place we call home. They’ve shared stories of family, country living, adventures and misadventures, triumphs and “what the heck was that just happened?”

 

This book is a collection of best-of-the-best stories. It is also a memoir -- how Becky came to be a storyteller, why storytelling matters, and what she has learned about the craft in the hundreds of performances she has given. 

 

It’s a book full of characters, insight, heart, and good humor. Careful where you read it because you will be laughing out loud.​

"Rebecca Rule rules! I am a fan. Big time." - Fritz Wetherbee

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Sixty Years of Cuttin' the Cheese:
Joel Sherburne and Calef's Famous Country Store

It's a taste of cheddar, the briny scent of the pickle barrel, creak of the floorboards, and the call of the clerk greeting a daily customer that somehow feels just right. It reminds us of home. The old-fashioned country store has been idolized by poets, artists and writers alike, but Calef's Country Store is special.

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Live Free and Eat Pie!

Anyone who hopes to visit or has visited New Hampshire, and, heck, even anyone who lives there, will delight in this hilarious guide to the Granite State. History, culture, climate, attractions, vernacular, and more!

"Rule's dry wit, story-telling flair and the New Hampshirite's shrewd sense of combining practicality with entertainment makes this book a winning attraction." - Portsmouth Herald

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Headin' for the Rhubarb:
A New Hampshire Dictionary (well, kinda)

Becky performs in every nook and cranny of the state, so you can bet she knows how to speak and understand the local language. In Headin' for the Rhubarb, she shares that knowledge to help visitors, transplants, and natives alike make sense of the state's unique vernacular and pronunciations. And she has a good time doing it!

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Moved and Seconded:
Town Meeting in New Hampshire
the Present, the Past, and the Future

Town Meeting is a sacred institution in New Hampshire. It has rituals, traditions, and a unique history. Town meeting is democracy in its purest form. You’ll meet the characters who keep the drama cracking, from silent knitters to rabble-rousers, from deep-rooted hoary historians to transplants, from across-the-board cutters to homespun philosophers. You’ll dip into the literature — poems, novels, short stories and essays — some by famous writers and some by writers who may be new to you. You’ll sample the legendary dry humor as well as the down-home wisdom, which inspires well beyond the walls of the Olde Meeting House.

"The NH native, writer and humorist has a talent for seeing the funnies of real life. But beyond the smiles and laughs, she has written a valuable book...a serious contribution to preserve a record of the authentic town meeting when it fades to memory only, and it also offers worthy reasons that it should not be voted out." - Steve Sherman, Keene Sentinel

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Could Have Been Worse
True Stories, Embellishments, and Outright Lies

It's all Yankee. You don't have to claim any particular ethnic heritage, have seven generations in the ground, or even have been born in New England to be shaped by this rough, rocky landscape. This book explores this attitude and many others that contribute to that highly philosophical, peculiar, and often humorous, state of being called “living yankee.”

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The Best Revenge
Short Stories

In nineteen finely honed, deftly realized short stories, Rebecca Rule crafts with gentle wit and striking clarity a conglomeration of sometimes ragtag but always appealing small-town denizens, each of whom squares off against a nemesis of a singular sort. With an eye for the signature detail, an ear for the rhythms of regional speech, and a strong feel for the nuances of rural culture, Rule maintains a fine balance between humor and pathos.

"Cold honesty gleams from every careful sentence." - National Book Award winner Thomas Williams

Named one of five "Essential New Hampshire Books" by New Hampshire Magazine