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From the Publisher"Damn you, Wade!! Damn you! I missed two ebay auctions and delayed taking my Ambien every night for a week so I could finish It's All Relative, but it was so worth it. This book rocks! Charming, funny and saucy enough to make me blush. Wade's family makes mine look like the Kennedys (the ones not driving around on sleeping pills or the ones charged with felonies)."—Laurie Notaro, bestselling author of We Thought You Would be Prettier "Wade Rouse is back and better than ever in his new memoir It's All Relative. Rouse's books combine the one-two punch of hilarity and heart and never cease to delight.  Filled with uproarious one liners and enough soul to truly satisfy, readers are going to clamor for a seat at Rouse's holiday table! I can't tell you how much I loved this book.

About the Author

Wade Rouse

WADE ROUSE is the internationally bestselling author of seven books, including his debut novel The Charm Bracelet, written under the pen name VIOLA SHIPMAN, which was named a 2017 Michigan Notable Book and has been translated into a dozen languages. Wade's latest novel is THE HOPE CHEST, which New York Times bestselling author Garth Stein called "a graceful, touching and emotionally impactful read." Library Journal wrote in its review, "The noted art colony and beachside tourist town of Saugatuck, Michigan, beautifully springs to life in this gentle story of lifelong love along with the emotional support and care that families and friends can provide. Life with ALS is also respectfully but vividly portrayed. It is refreshing and soothing to read about truly good people emerging from major life hardships with strength and dignity."

Wade chose his grandmother's name, Viola Shipman, as a pen name to honor the woman whose heirlooms, life and lessons inspire his fiction. Wade's work has been selected multiple times as a Must-Read by NBC's Today Show, featured on Chelsea Lately, and been chosen three times by the nation's independent booksellers as an Indie Next Pick. Wade is a contributing writer for Coastal Living, a regular contributor to All Things Considered and Michigan Radio, and his writing and essays have appeared in People, Good Housekeeping, Time, Forbes, Salon, the Washington Post, Metrosource, Out, The Advocate, Publisher's Weekly and Writer's Digest, among others. Wade recently completed his latest novel, The Recipe Box, which will publish in 2018.

In addition to his fiction, Wade is also the author of four humorous memoirs, and he and his work have been described as "laugh-out-loud-funny" (NBC's Today Show) , "wise, witty, wicked" (USA Today) , "engagingly funny memoirist" (Chicago Tribune) who is a "hybrid of "David Sedaris and Dave Barry" (Library Journal) and "Erma Bombeck's lovechild" (Advocate) . Rouse "beautifully combines humor and pathos" (Out Magazine) , and has quickly established himself as "an original writer and impressive new voice" (The Washington Post) whose "combination of honest emotion and evocative prose is destined to be a hit!" (St. Louis Post-Dispatch) . In short, Wade Rouse is "hilarious, riotously funny, catty, and an absolute delight!" (Christian Science Monitor)

Wade critically-acclaimed memoirs include: America's Boy (Dutton/2006) , Confessions of A Prep School Mommy Handler (Harmony/2007) , and the bestsellers, At Least in the City Someone Would Hear Me Scream: Misadventures in Search of the Simple Life (Harmony/2009) , and It's All Relative: A Memoir of Two Families, Three Dogs, 34 Holidays and 50 Boxes of Wine (Crown/2011) .

Wade earned his bachelor of arts in communications, with honors, from Dru

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