The sorority sisters of Alamo House at the University o...)
The sorority sisters of Alamo House at the University of Texas may be at comic odds with each other, but at least they have one thing in common: They all hate the fraternity rats across the street, the Sigma Upsilon Kappas—aka the SUKs. But amid the collegiate turmoil, Alamo House is also the scene of an extraordinary, endearing friendship among three women: Mary Jo, hilariously confused about life and love but determined to get both right; Fayrene, flushed with freedom after her escape from Baptist Waco; and Collie, party girl and self-proclaimed guide to the ways of the world. Together they embark on a roller coaster of escapades that changes them all—and galvanizes Alamo House into an all-out counterattack against the SUKs. The result is infectious, side-splitting fun sure to convince everyone that Mary Jo, Collie, and Fayrene are the best southwestern mixture since tequila, lime, and salt.
(Gretchen Griner is an underpaid, underappreciated photogr...)
Gretchen Griner is an underpaid, underappreciated photographer for the Austin (that’s Texas) Grackle, part-time lover of Peter Overton Treadwell III (known as “Trout”), and major consumer of Cup O’ Soup. That is, until she meets Lizzie Potts—otherwise known as Viveca Lamoureaux, romance writer extraordinaire. Lizzie has a plan for Gretchen’s life—and it includes Lizzie’s brother Gus. But Gretchen has her own plan, and it does not feature a “wispy goon” named Gus. Of course, fate also has a plan for Gretchen, and it doesn’t care what Gretchen wants. So Lizzie will give Gretchen Gus, Gus will give Gretchen the man of her dreams, and among this oddball cast of marvelous misfits, someone just may discover the secret to true romance.
(A comic tale of one woman's despair of ever having a baby...)
A comic tale of one woman's despair of ever having a baby - until she agrees to become a surrogate mother. Then the "six dwarfs of pregnancy" - Sleepy, Queasy, Spacey, Weepy, Gassy and Moody (everyone but Happy) - make her realize her great mistake. By the author of "The Boyfriend School".
(Sonja Getz, a strapping, loud-mouthed outcast from small-...)
Sonja Getz, a strapping, loud-mouthed outcast from small-town Texas, hitches up with an over-the-hill trick roper to search for the father who abandoned her as an infant. 15,000 first printing. $15,000 ad/promo.
Sarah Ann Bird, American writer. Member Texas Institute Letters (councilor since 1995), Writer's Guild West.
She was born in 1949 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Her father was an officer in the US Air Force, and her family (a "Catholic family of eight"), including her mother, Colista Bird, travelled with him around the US and the world during her childhood.
Bachelor's degree, University New Mexico, 1973. Master's degree, University Texas, 1976.
Sarah's mother recognized signs of her daughter's creative storytelling talent as young as kindergarten. Moving to the University of Texas at Austin, she went on to receive an MA in journalism there in 1976. The family lives in Austin, Texas.
During the mid-eighties, Bird was a founding contributing-editor to Austin's Third Coast Magazine, for which she wrote numerous feature and humor articles. Bird's first published novel was Do Evil Cheerfully, a mystery (as Sarah McCabe Bird). In 1986, her comic novel Alamo House was published based on her experience as a graduate student at the University of Texas.
Bird wrote the screenplay for the movie Don't Tell Her It's Me (1990, starring Shelley Long and Steve Guttenberg), adapting the Boyfriend School novel. The Boyfriend School and The Mommy Club, published by Ballantine in 1989 and 1991, respectively, were both humorous novels drawing on Bird's life experiences. In addition to novels, Bird has written screenplays for television and magazine articles for national women's magazines.
She writes a column for Texas Monthly. Virgin of the Rodeo was published in 1999. Bird was named Austin's best author in 2001 by the Austin Chronicle, the year she also published The Yokota Officers Club, a novel that draws on her experiences as military brat.
She has also written screenplays for the National Geographic Channel and Hallmark, as well as the CBS movie Yesterday's Children. Another novel, The Flamenco Academy, came out in 2006. A new novel, How Perfect Is That, was published by Knopf in June 2008.