Monday, January 29, 2018

Excerpt from The Full Vermonty

Readers, I think you know I've managed to steer clear from taking any sort of political stance on this blog over the years. Mostly because TNBBC focuses on literary fiction, but also because I feel book blogs should be safe spaces that don't push political or religious agendas at their followers. They should be places you and I turn to when real-life craziness threatens our sanities. 

Today, though, I am going to temporarily break my own rule and share a cartoon excerpt from The Full Vermonty, which released back in September with Green Writers Press, a Vermont-based, global publisher whose mission is to spread a message of hope and renewal. My good friend Ben Tanzer is the publicist for this title and I'm thrilled to be able to help him spread the word!

Readers, be warned.. if you are Trump supporter, you may wish to skip this post. Just sayin'.

Here we go....


What was America thinking? Donald Trump as our president? You’re kidding, right? No, a nightmare is upon us. But take heart. Vermont will fight back. Life in Vermont is already “great.” We’ll be damned if we’re going to let a man who dyes his hair, cheats workers and has his products made in China, dictate to us how life should be.

The Full Vermonty is a collection of essays and cartoons from journalist Bill Mares and cartoonist Jeff Danziger, and leading progressive writers from across the state, all focused on trying to answer the following question: "What the hell do we do now?"

With the help of a score of Vermont writers and artists, their original literary duet became a chorus of intelligence, wit and passion. In addition,  the book has quizzes, relevant quotations from Vermont history, escape literature, a Vermont tool box, and more. Indeed, this book has all things necessary to flesh out a thump to The Trump!

Check out a cartoon excerpt:

“Most Vermonters heat a portion of the house or the year with wood. We treasure the old cast iron stoves which, although more inefficient than the new models, are still a link to the past. They generally look prettier. Heating with wood is renewable, local, organic and dual function in that they are a good place to dispose newspapers and cardboard, and old books. Except for this one.”

The Full Vermonty: Vermont in the Age of Trump Cartoonist, Jeff Danziger


Raised in Texas, educated at Harvard, Bill Mares has been a journalist, a high school teacher and a member of the Vermont House of Representatives. He has authored or co-authored 15 books on subjects ranging from the Marine Corps to workplace democracy to Presidential fishing, plus four books of humor with Prof. Frank Bryan, including the best-seller, Real Vermonters Don't Milk Goats. He lives in Burlington, Vermont with his wife of 45 years, Chris Hadsel. They have two sons.

Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the NY Times Syndicate. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons and one novel.

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