An encouraging memoir about the struggles and triumphs of writing, Vacuuming in the Nude is for anyone who feels like it’s too late to write. Rowe shares her own experience of rejection in the publishing world through this hilarious and astute memoir. These delightful stories, encompassing all of Rowe’s triumphs and failures, will encourage any and every reader to start (or continue) writing.
Peggy Rowe has been writing all of her adult life. In fact, she doesn’t know how not to write—even through those years of constant rejection from publishing houses. But between her tenacity and the encouragement of her family, Peggy’s breakthrough finally came—at the age of eighty!
Vacuuming in the Nude is most likely her funniest prose to date as she shares her journey of attending myriad writers’ conferences and honing her ability to see humor in everyday situations.
From the family’s beloved dog Shim, who thrived on piles of fresh, warm manure from the horse pasture—to vacationing on the sweltering beach with mosquitos the size of dune buggies—to the challenges of aging, Peggy Rowe delivers a hilarious array of stories that reflect her addiction to making people laugh. Even in her cancer support group, she manages to use her humor to affect others for the good.
If Peggy isn’t putting her publisher on hold to finish a game of Mahjongg, she’s at her kitchen table window-on-the-world taking notes for the next story for fans old and new to enjoy.
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About the Author
Mike Rowe is best known as the executive producer and host of the hit shows Dirty Jobs, Somebody’s Gotta Do It, and Returning the Favor, for which he won an Emmy. He also hosts the podcast The Way I Heard It, a collection of short stories for the “curious mind with a short attention span.” As CEO of the mikeroweWORKS Foundation, Mike has led the effort to close America’s widening skills gap and facilitated the granting of millions of dollars in work ethic scholarships.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Getting It Write 19
Chapter 2 Playing the Game 35
Chapter 3 Here I Come! 57
Chapter 4 Slush Pile 101 65
Chapter 5 And Write, I Did! 75
Chapter 6 At Last! 89
Chapter 7 A New Frontier 105
Chapter 8 In My Head 119
Chapter 9 Making a Difference 129
Chapter 10 The Shorter and the Plainer, the Better 139
Chapter 11 A Critic Indeed 149
Chapter 12 Family Ties 163
Chapter 13 Madam Secretary 173
Chapter 14 The Boot in the Drawer 183
Chapter 15 You've Got to Be Kidding! 197
Chapter 16 A Memoir, She Wrote 223