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Don't Shoot! I'm Just the Avon Lady! [Kindle Edition]

Birdie Jaworski
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For Birdie Jaworski, life as an Avon Lady was a bittersweet mix of embarking on gossip-worthy adventures, searching for Mr. Right, and making emergency lotion requests in the middle of the night... while managing as a single parent.

Birdie hawks Avon at a strip club, a bowling alley on Men's League Night, and of course door-to-door. She meets customers who answer the door naked, who want to buy wrinkle cream for their pet monkey, or who are harboring dark - and funny - secrets. She even sells Avon to celebrities who want to keep their zits a secret!

The book reveals a surprising and touching account of her personal life when Catholic Charities calls her and tells her the daughter she gave up for adoption is now an adult and wants to meet her. This book follows Birdie's journey during one summer while she decides whether to meet her daughter while selling Avon cosmetics door-to-door. A funny and beautifully touching read.

Birdie's stories have appeared in many online and print journals as well as on National Public Radio. Her blog on which this memoir is based, has been featured in the New York Times, Time Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, and Positive Thinking magazine.

About the Author

Birdie is the author of the Avon Lady Memoir, "Don't Shoot! I'm Just the Avon Lady!" which was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is also the author of several books about Las Vegas, New Mexico, including "My Tiny Vegas," a collection of stories about the strange and wonderful cowboys, santeros, and bad boys that call Las Vegas home. Birdie's life and stories have been profiled in the New York Times, Time Magazine, and the Wall Street Journal. Her articles and stories have appeared in many national publications.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 896 KB
  • Print Length: 250 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1440464863
  • Publisher: Menendez Publishing (6 Dec 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0011E486G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #189,136 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Birdie is the author of the Avon Lady Memoir, "Don't Shoot! I'm Just the Avon Lady!" which was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is also the author of several books about Las Vegas, New Mexico, including "My Tiny Vegas," a collection of stories about the strange and wonderful cowboys, santeros, and bad boys that call Las Vegas home.

Birdie's life and stories have been profiled in the New York Times, Time Magazine, and the Wall Street Journal. Her articles and stories have appeared in many national publications.

Birdie loves salsa dancing, staring folks down with her left eye, yodeling, and making exotic crafts out of popsicle sticks

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A surprise 14 Mar 2012
By R
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and after the first few pages, I was hooked. As I live in England, I wasn't sure if I would be able to relate to the character's/location but the story is so well written, it didn't matter. I found the whole book refreshing and for once, the story wasn't focussed entirely on a woman wanting/needing a man - yes, Birdie had her moments with 'man kind' but the book had more meaning than just being 'find a man' orientated. I found the story wistful, with lots of reflection on her life as she has got older, which we all do I think.Great characters and a great book.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is So FUNNY 30 Jan 2012
By RJPP
Format:Kindle Edition
DON'T SHOOT! I'M JUST THE AVON LADY! is HILARIOUS! A woman is trying to sell Avon products and encounters real life situations that anyone in sales can relate to. The book is so well written and funny...very memorable. I totally recommend this book to anyone who wants a good laugh. Brilliant Read. Still LMAO....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars could be a good book but pretty boring. 18 April 2012
By ElaineG TOP 50 REVIEWER
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Sorry but i just could not get into this book at all. Yes, I know its about an Avon lady but there seemed to be so many plugs for different Avon products (by their full names), and long winded descriptions of going out delivering booklets, then going and getting the orders, it was just boring and not the hilarious book I was expecting. It was very much, On Monday I did this, then I did that, and then I did something else and "oh was that a butterfly". There was just no flow to the storytelling, as if someone was just typing down whatever came into their heads at the time. Maybe Avon ladies in the UK will relate to it, but I am pretty sure that even they will have to agree that some of the situations Birdie finds herself in are pretty far fetched. I would much rather the story concentrated on the dilemma of Birdie's adopted daughter trying to trace her, but it seemed as if that was of secondary importance to the Avon catalogue, which is a great shame.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyed! 2 July 2012
By Joan W
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I was looking to add to my kindle for 2 wk holiday reading fest, and this one I can thoroughly recommend.

Its so well written, funny, touching and even makes you want to buy some Avon from Bridie to boost her earnings. The other characters add to the story,

As the story unfolds, the adopted daughter, the man friend with the odd mother, the bizarre customers, kept me interest from page 1 onwards,

Cant wait for a follow up!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is very hilarious 23 Feb 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Birdie really does take the reader along with her on her Avon adventures. Being a mother I could instantly relate to towing two small children around like she did. Her descriptions in this novel were amazing and I had no problem picturing everything. I laughed at so many things. This book is definitely laced with a great comedian and I really enjoyed reading it. Besides the humor, Birdie is very real in this book and her customers will make you laugh. This is definitely a book I've recommended to friends. There is so much realism in this story. Birdie is a single mom just doing the best she can to make ends meet, hold onto her dreams, while at the same time, grieve over her past. A unique idea and a good read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars hard work 3 Feb 2013
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this book started off ok but then got hard work to read. Maybe it just is not the book for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 22 Jan 2013
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Written so well, jusvt get this its super to read i loved it, the highs and lows of life its great
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3.0 out of 5 stars This is about and Avon Lady in America 17 Jan 2013
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I like biographical books and am interested in people's jobs. This was not the most gripping account of a job I have read but I did read the book to the end. There is another story running through the book about a daughter the author gave up for adoption and I was really keen to see how that panned out. I wasn't entirely thrilled with the conclusion, though.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
It's more than interesting - just
Published 18 days ago by richard brunskill
3.0 out of 5 stars Easy reading.
It was quite easy to read and didn't take a lot of thought when so doing. However, if you want something to pass the time this may be for you.
Published 20 months ago by HyacinthBucket2
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring
I thought this book would be more exciting than it was I was disappointed by the end it could have gone on for much longer
Published 20 months ago by Maureen Blues
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't shoot
I liked Birdie and her refreshing attitude to life. Having been through one particularly traumatic event in life, and raising two boys on her own whilst trying to keep her family... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Minimoo
3.0 out of 5 stars Bit of a Laugh
Very light reading - don't think I'll get engrossed in this - the cover says it all really - does you good to smile occasionally
Published 20 months ago by morris Jones
2.0 out of 5 stars I really wanted to give this a few more stars .........
Oh dear! This book started so well and I was really enjoying it because I loved Birdie's determination to make Avon a worthwhile career. Read more
Published 23 months ago by ronix
3.0 out of 5 stars not what I expected
I just found it a bit boring. Nice plot in principle, but at times it seemed to drag a bit. I did feel like shopping for Avon products and it does show you a different perspective... Read more
Published on 17 July 2012 by Mummy -
1.0 out of 5 stars Extremely boring book with not much plot
I managed to finish this book, but it was a struggle. There is barely any plot - here's a spoiler: she's an Avon lady. Read more
Published on 4 July 2012 by Bethan
4.0 out of 5 stars Not the average chick lit
I thought this would be frothy and fun chick lit a la Sophie Kinsella but it's in a different class as Birdie describes a life familiar to so many of us of trying to make ends meet... Read more
Published on 5 Jun 2012 by E. WOOLSTON
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