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November 16, 2012

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DODGING MACHETES WINS A USA BEST BOOK AWARD!!!

The USA Best Book Awards have announced their 2012 winners and “Dodging Machetes” has won for Best Multicultural Non-Fiction Book (hey, that’s the highest level they go). They also singled out “Dodging Machetes” on their Facebook page writing that it is a “Fantastic Book!”

The Awards are sponsored by USA Book News which covers books from all sectors of the publishing industry—major press, small press, & self-published.

Here’s the announcement on my publisher’s website.


November 21, 2012

UNDERRATED READS DISCOVERS DODGING MACHETES

Yet another very flattering review (I’m blushing as I write this, though it could be the red wine doing makeup), this one on a blog-site that gives attention to books that might be lost in the morass.
The beauty of Dodging Machetes is not just that Lutwick tells the story of his experience with literally laugh-out-loud humor, depth, insight and candor, but that he does so with such honesty, transparency and… self-reflection…You can rest assured that it won’t take long to read this book since you won’t be able to put it down.

UNDERRATED READS: Reviewed by Julie Kessler, author of Fifty-Fifty.
[Note – if it’s no longer the top review when you read this, scroll down the page till you find it. Reviews are  listed in order of most recently posted. The Dodging Machetes Review was posted November 21, 2012.]


October 23, 2012

DODGING MACHETES: THE TEXT INTERVIEW

Digital Book Today Interview: The story behind the story.If you love interviews about how to write a memoir and what parts of the book made me uncomfortable, then this is for you.


October 22, 2012

LUTWICK AND COLBERT GO BOOK-TO-BOOK

UmeNow, the social network, has recommended only thirty-eight books this year and Dodging Machetes is one of them!
[Original story follows, but alas, it no longer applies, as they’ve put Dodging Machetes in a different row from Colbert’s latest...Sniff.]The editors at UmeNow have put Dodging Machetes in the top five of their recommended books alongside Stephen Colbert’s new blockbuster America Again: Re-becoming the Greatness We Never Weren’t.

Not that Colbert needs a plug from me, but I’m sure he’s honored to be included in my group. Perhaps he’ll finally interview me on his show. Hey Stephen, your book could get the Lutwick bump if you go head-to-head with me. Think about it.


October 6, 2012

DODGING MACHETES JUST GOT ANOTHER RAVE REVIEW.

This one from blogsite, PeaceCorps TalkStory. I don’t know the blogger and was surprised to find out she had reviewed my memoir.

Some excerpts:

Will’s memoir is insightful, funny and romantic…reads more like a fine novel than a dateline of experiences. He provides great details of the Fiji people and culture while maintaining plot and just the right amount of humor.He successfully creates suspense as well as romance. His use of dialog is well done as it enhances and moves the story forward. Dodging Machetes takes place in the late 60’s and early 70’s and he portrays that era flawlessly…a wonderful story to boot.


September 24, 2012

DODGING MACHETES: THE RADIO INTERVIEW
Great news for Dodging Machetesfanatics and newbies alike:Saturday, I did a radio interview about Dodging Machetes, on LA Talk Radio’s “Two Talk Books” show. And it’s now available for your listening enjoyment 24/7 on the Internet. I got to yap all about my book and writing with host, Starla Faye, for over 50 minutes. That’s right, almost the equivalent of a full-length movie where Ms. Faye and I lock horns over such topics as:

• Why I wrote about my liaison with Rani in Dodging Machetes instead of, say, the mating habits of the tsetse fly.

• The ubiquitous Dodging Machetes cover. Ms. Faye said looking at it made her wiggle in her seat, and her saying that made me wiggle in mine.
• As Starla Faye would put it, my “rebel” years, when I did such things as take on the White Citizens Council basically the day-time Ku Klux Klan. Starla had me read a brief passage about my “chicken-shit methodology” (page 75) which she then said is reflected throughout the book. But in a good way, mind you.
• My way with words. She liked where I wrote “My eyes gave him the finger,” (page 38).
“Who writes that?” queried Ms. Faye.
• The nutmeg incident.
• Truthiness in memoirs.
• The five-minute gap in the middle of the show. Yes, the phone actually went dead for five minutes. But this has been seamlessly removed from the podcast by the station’s producer, who I understand used to edit tapes for President Nixon. (Yeah, I know that’s really old, but that’s who was the POTUS when most of Dodging Machetes was taking place.)
• And much, much more.You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll fall asleep.

August 27, 2012
DODGING MACHETES – A NEW BOOK GENRE?I didn’t realize it till I tried searching for other such books, but apparently I have started a new book genre.

Go to Amazon and do a search on “serio-comic memoir” (or “seriocomic memoir”) and only one thing comes up.

I knew it was unique, but I didn’t think it was THAT unique.If only there were a contest with a category for seriocomic memoirs, Dodging Machetes would sweep the awards.


August 7, 2012

ANOTHER STELLAR PROFESSIONAL REVIEW FOR DODGING MACHETES!

This one from the San Francisco Book Review. Some highlights:

The book is an eye-opening story about love, loss, and discrimination . . . Not only is this an exciting memoir, butit’s a great modern-day Romeo and Juliet tale. You can tell that this book was a passionate labor of love. Each page is as addicting as the last, with great emotional elements driving the story . . . This is a great book for those looking for a well-rounded love story with a few laughs and a lot of heart.” Five Stars.

For the full review, click here.


July 27, 2012

DODGING MACHETES REVIEWED ON KIRKUS — THE OLYMPICS OF BOOK REVIEWERS

Some highlights:
In his BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN memoir . . . he relays these [childhood] memories with neither bitterness nor self-serving pity—just a good dose of HUMOR AND INTELLIGENCE . . . He shares THOUGHTFUL INSIGHT into Fiji’s exotic history and society . . . OFF-THE-CHARTS HYSTERICAL.AN UNABASHED, CANDID MEMOIR THAT CONTINUALLY ENTERTAINS AND EDUCATES.”
Kirkus actually does happen to be the Olympics of book reviewers, in that there are thousands of other reviewers out there, but Kirkus reviews are taken more seriously than perhaps any other in the book industry. Why? Because they are a venerated institution that uses professional reviewers who do not hesitate to give negative reviews. [You won’t find many negative ones on their website because the author is given the option of displaying them. You also won’t find the Dodging Machetes review there YET. It will be available within a week and I’ll post here when it’s ready.]

So for those of you who have praised “Dodging Machetes,” know that you are in very good company. And thanks for all your support and encouragement.

And for those of you who have yet to see what all the fuss is about, check out our Amazon page.


AUTHOR OF “DODGING MACHETES” SQUELCHES RUMORS THAT  “EAT, PRAY, LOVE” PLOT WAS STOLEN FROM HIM, TURNS DOWN JULIA ROBERTS FOR PART AS HIS LOVER

 (7/9/12) SAN FRANCISCO – Will Lutwick, author of the recently-released memoir, “Dodging Machetes: How I Survived Forbidden Love, Bad Behavior, and the Peace Corps in Fiji,” has unequivocally denied any rumors that may be floating around the Internet that “Eat, Pray, Love” author, Elizabeth Gilbert stole the plot for her smash biopic from him. “Ms. Gilbert has done nothing wrong, to my knowledge, regarding story theft.  I can understand how the rumors got started, as it is true that both memoirs just happen to feature a love story taking place on a South Pacific island between a white American on an identity quest and someone with a different, though non-indigenous ethnicity.  Plus both serve up a heavy dose of East Indian culture.  Like the odds of that happening must be beyond a reasonable doubt, but who says we live in a reasonable world? Also it is true my story happened more than thirty years before the events in Ms. Gilbert’s book, so it’s understandable that folks might assume she stole from me rather than vice-versa. But who am I to judge? I mean, like really.”

Lutwick continued yapping, “Anyway my writing style is more reminiscent of David Sedaris than Elizabeth Gilbert, and I have a more cohesive and compelling story to tell. In her book, Ms. Gilbert was eating, praying, and loving on a lavish, self-indulgent junket, while in mine I ate, prayed, and loved as a Peace Corps Volunteer on only $52 a month as patriotic service to my country, although I did piss off a majority of the residents in my host country. But she’s a big shot, so I’m going to give her the benefit of the doubt until proven otherwise. I wish Ms. Gilbert nothing but success in all her endeavors.”

Mr. Lutwick also revealed that he has turned down Julia Roberts for the role of Rani starring opposite him in the film version of “Dodging Machetes.”  He admitted she hadn’t actually applied for the love-interest role, but he was turning her down in advance, because after her starring role in “Eat, Pray, Love” the movie, he figured it was only a matter of time before she’d come “a-knocking at my door. And I don’t want her to waste the trip.” He added, “I don’t think it’s good for her career to be typecast as the South Pacific expatriate hottie.  Besides, Rani was an East Indian woman, less than half Ms.Roberts’ age during the events in the memoir.  It just wouldn’t be believable. I’m looking forward to selecting some up-and-coming Bollywood beauty who’s ready for that breakthrough role of a lifetime.”

When asked how it would be believable to have a senior citizen play the 24-year-old hero, he replied, “People tell me I haven’t aged a bit since then, and if even if I have just a tad, there’s always make-up and computer graphics to make me look like the stud-muffin I was back in the day. Did you know that most teens in the movies are actually well into middle age? But more importantly, who would know the role of me better than me? I even talk like myself.”

“Dodging Machetes: How I Survived Forbidden Love, Bad Behavior, and the Peace Corps in Fiji” is available for sale online at Amazon.com.


June 17, 2012:

DODGING MACHETES SALES SLICE THEIR WAY TO THE TOP!

NUMBER ONE AMAZON TRAVEL BIOGRAPHY HOT NEW RELEASE!

NUMBER TEN AMONG TRAVEL BIOGRAPHIES!

After a promotional campaign yesterday on a single website (Peace Corps Connect), Dodging Machetes’ Amazon sales have skyrocketed! Previously unable to crack the top ten thousand on Amazon’s overall bestseller list, Dodging Machetes zoomed to #2281 over-night.

At NUMBER TEN on the highly competitive travel biography list, “Dodging Machetes” is ahead of such greats as “Out of Africa,” “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance,” “Into the Wild” by Jon Krakauer (paperback), “Me Talk Pretty One Day” by David Sedaris, “Travels” by Michael Crichton (Jurassic Park, The Andromeda Strain), and most importantly ALL versions of our arch-rival “Eat, Pray, Love.”

And the cherry on top is Amazon’s listing Dodging Machetes first on its list of “Hot New Releases” on its Travel Biography page.

Whodathunkit?

“Dodging Machetes: How I Survived Forbidden Love, Bad Behavior, and the Peace Corps in Fiji” is available for sale online at Amazon.com.


June 17, 2012

LAWRENCE LIHOSIT REVIEWS DODGING MACHETES ON PEACE CORPS WORLDWIDE: SAYS, “IT WILL PROBABLY WIN AWARDS!!!”

Lawrence has had ten books of his own published including the bible on writing Peace Corps memoirs, Peace Corps Experience: Write and Publish Your Memoir.

. . . an entertaining and thought provoking Peace Corps memoir. This is a fine example of what a memoir can be . . . Written with episodic, fast paced chapters it is intriguing. Once I started, I could not stop and yet, found myself thinking about his story and its themes long after the highlighted passages began to fade . . . If you enjoy a roller-coaster memoir, you’ll love Dodging Machetes. It will probably win awards. Five stars.”

“Dodging Machetes: How I Survived Forbidden Love, Bad Behavior, and the Peace Corps in Fiji” is available for sale online at Amazon.com.


June 15, 2012

DODGING MACHETES PRICE SLASHED FROM $15.95 TO $11.48!!!!

Amazon has slashed the price of “Dodging Machetes” by a whopping $4.47/28%. There will probably never be a better time and price to buy this collector’s item and doorstop than right now! And I have no idea how long this discount will remain in effect, so you’d best act fast.

Now is a good time to stock up on copies of DM for all your gift-giving purposes, except the ones that go to minors* And if you’ve been riding that fence on buying your first copy, the Machete has just poked you.

“Dodging Machetes” is rated R for adult language, sexual situations, violence, and the imbibing of large soft drinks.

“Dodging Machetes: How I Survived Forbidden Love, Bad Behavior, and the Peace Corps in Fiji” is available for sale online at Amazon.com.


June 1, 2012

LUTWICK’S COMMENT TOO HOT FOR THE BRONTË BLOG SITE

Here’s what I tried to comment (only to be thwarted) on the Brontë Blog site to thank them for including “Dodging Machetes” in their blog about “summer reading recommendations.”:

How utterly gracious of you to include my just-published serio-comic memoir, “Dodging Machetes: How I Survived Forbidden Love, Bad Behavior, and the Peace Corps in Fiji,” in your blog of “summer reading recommendations.” In addition to its being compared quite favorably to “Wuthering Heights,” I think your readers will appreciate that Anne Brontë, (the short one in the pic below) is the only person chosen to appear on the “Dodging Machetes” Quotes page, besides yours truly, of course

Anne tells my readers just before Chapter One, “But he that dares not grasp the thorn should never crave the rose.” And that is good advice, because our hero, Will, craves the prohibited pulchritude of his star-crossed lover so much and grasps that rose thorn so hard and often that his fingers end up looking like the pin-cushion digits of a masochistic florist.

Brontëites can find out more about “Dodging Machetes” on its page at Amazon.com:

Or they can also find it on Amazon in such romantic countries as the United Kingdom (Sterling! Home of the fabulous Brontë sisters), France (ooh-la-la), Spain (muy caliente), Italy (Mama Mia!), and Germany (Nimm mich jetzt!).

All the best to Anne, and the other two.”

“Dodging Machetes: How I Survived Forbidden Love, Bad Behavior, and the Peace Corps in Fiji” is available for sale online at Amazon.com.


May 30, 2012

GREAT NEWS FOR ALL FANS OF “DODGING MACHETES” AND THE BRONTË SISTERS,

authors of such 19th century blockbusters as “Wuthering Heights” and “Jane Eyre”:

The Brontë Blog, a mega-blog about all things Brontë, has just included “Dodging Machetes” in their blog about “summer reading recommendations.” Why? Because fans of Ann, Emily, and Charlotte know a good star-crossed lovers story when they see one and unlike the Brontë made-up stories, “Dodging Machetes” is a true story. All the better right? Plus the story is only from the last century, not the one before it – so young people can relate.

To read what they said, go to the link below and scan down to the Wednesday, May 30, 2012 “Emma by…” report by Cristina.

I tried to post a “Thank You” comment, but it kept evaporating into the ether.

More on this huge story as new developments develop.

“Dodging Machetes: How I Survived Forbidden Love, Bad Behavior, and the Peace Corps in Fiji” is available for sale online at Amazon.com.


May 30, 2012

“DODGING MACHETES” DEBUTS ON AMAZON AS A #1 BEST SELLER!!!!

OK, the #20,281 Best Seller, but it’s only the last digit that really matters.Take that #20,282, whoever you are.