Bob Eastley releases second book

Bob Eastley signs a copy of his book “I Like That Word: The Daily Gripe Strikes Again.” Local residents will have several opportunities to meet Eastley and purchase a signed copy of his book in the next couple months. (Pioneer photo/Taylor Fussman)

BIG RAPIDS — From an early and unfortunate attempt to learn to play the trumpet, to the complexities of organizing a wedding, local humorist Bob Eastley’s latest book offers a wide variety of relatable and funny snippets from his life.

“I Like That Word: The Daily Gripe Strikes Again” is a collection of short stories about everyday experiences, each with a humorous twist.

“I Like That Word: The Daily Gripe Strikes Again,” written by Big Rapids humorist Bob Eastley, is a collection of short stories about everyday situations many people can relate to. (Courtesy photo)

“It could be what prom is like, or a trip to the beach, or it could be a variety of different things, but they’re all things we experience. I just try to make it funny,” Eastley said, noting the clean humor can be enjoyed by readers who have had similar experiences throughout their lives.

Area residents have the opportunity to meet Eastley and pick up a copy of his latest book for their collection at one of his upcoming book signings.

He will be available from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 16, at the Old Pioneer Store and Emporium and from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 6, at the Ferris State University bookstore in the University Center.

In addition to the book signing events, Eastley will discuss his book at 4 p.m. on Friday, March 15, during “The Four,” an hour-long lifestyle show produced by 9&10 News.

The book, published by Seacoast Press, which is based in New Hampshire, will be available locally, as well as online at amazon.com.

Although Eastley said it wasn’t always his intention to be an author, this is his second book now in publication. His first book, “The Daily Gripe,” is a similarly-styled collection of short, funny essays.

Before releasing “The Daily Gripe,” Eastley said he had started to write several short stories without any clear intention of what to do with them, before he eventually found them a home at the Pioneer.

After writing columns for the Pioneer for several years, people began encouraging Eastley to write a book of his own.

“I didn’t consciously decide this is something I have to do. I just sort of fell into it,” he said. “It’s like there’s something inside of you just a little bit. I’ve always had an interest in writing humorous stuff.”

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Posted by Taylor Fussman

Taylor is the cops and courts reporter for the Pioneer and Herald Review newspapers. She can be reached at (231) 592-8362 or by email at tfussman@pioneergroup.com.

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