Sunday, August 21, 2011

Sunday Salon: Does A Bear Sh*t In The Woods? by Caroline Taggart

763356_coffee_breakI know at first glance this seems like a most unusual book to feature on Sunday Salon but there is a method to my madness.

Each week as we reach for our favorite cup of brew and gather around to discuss the books we’ve read, we wonder….“Where did the week (or time) go?” It seems like each week passes quicker and quicker.

With that in mind, author Caroline Taggart’s latest release tackles rhetorical questions like this and many others coming up with some interesting answers.

DOES A BEAR SH*T IN THE WOODS? by Caroline Taggart
‘Where does time go?’ ‘Can a leopard change his spots?’ ‘Is the Pope Taggart Book CoverCatholic?’

These are just some of the rhetorical questions we ask never really expecting an answer. Do these type questions make you laugh or drive you crazy? Either way author Caroline Taggart’s DOES A BEAR SH*T IN THE WOODS? will bring a smile to your face.

Taggart takes on these previously unanswered questions in a hilarious approach, but with a logical spin as well. Her answers are a combination of quotations from Shakespeare, TV commercials, favorite action movie lines, song titles and the like. She covers such issues as the meaning of life; food and drink; literature, history, and politics; sex and romance; and many others.

While you may not want answers to that rhetorical question you asked, Taggart’s response may surprise you and have you pondering another one.

Just a couple of my favorite questions and responses: ‘Where do I begin?’ Taggart’s response, ‘Try Page 1.’ ‘Am I talking to myself?’ Taggart’s response is both funny and serious. After a brief explanation, the best line to me is, ‘So save your breath or be content with being your own audience.’

A delightful book to add to your library and a great conversation starter for parties.

Author Caroline Taggart’s website is

Does A Bear Sh*t In The Woods? by Caroline Taggart, Plume, @2011, ISBN: 9780452297074, Paperback, 160 pages

FTC Full Disclosure - I requested this book and it was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.

What have you read this week? What about today, what’s that you’re reading now? Thanks so much for stopping by. 


  1. Hi Mason .. Caroline's book sounds fascinating .. I often pick these up to scan through, and have bought one or two .. now I know the name (can I forget the title?!) I'll keep an eye open when the time is right ..

    Cheers Hilary

  2. Hilary, it is an interesting book. The name will be hard to forget. :) Thanks for stopping by and have a great Sunday.

  3. I loe it when people answer rhetorical questions with witticisms. Sounds like a fun book.

  4. This sounds right up my alley. I love books like these--as evidence of what's on my bookshelf now.

  5. What a fun book! I love this sort of thing and so do several guys in my life. I can see this heading the way of my husband and step dad very soon.

  6. I love books like this.

    This past week I've read "Pampered to Death" by Laura Levine, "Split Second" by Catherine Coulter and "Fox Five" by Zoe Sharp.

    I'm currently reading "Murder by Mocha" by Cleo Coyle

  7. I love books like this! I have added this one to my list.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts.


  8. Harvee, it is a fun book. I was surprised at some of the answers - so funny but to the point.

    Maria, books like this bring a smile. It's a great gift book too.

    iwriteinbooks, it's definitely a book men will enjoy too.

    Dru, you've read some interesting books this week. I know you're enjoying MURDER BY MOCHA. That's one of my favorite series.

    Laurel-Rain, hope you enjoy the books as much as I did. I'm off to see what wonderful books you've read this week.

  9. Now that sounds like an interesting book!

  10. Haha. I have read 3-4 books this week, but hardly any as funny as this one.

  11. This book sounds hilarious! How many times have each of us been in conversations when someone comes up with the rhetorical cliché and we're just dying to blurt out a snarky answer?

    I just started a new (old) book, Closing Time by Jim Fusilli. I'm reading novels by my fellow panelists at the upcoming Bouchercon All men on my "I Got The Right To Sing The Blues" panel, all the books are thrillers or hard boiled mysteries. Not my usual fare but they're good for a change of pace!

  12. This sounds like a fun read, and something a little different from my usual fare. Thanks for this great review, Mason!

  13. Alex, I could see you liking this book.

    Dorte, this is a funny (but logical) book.

    Rochelle, sometimes reading books outside the normal genre comfort zone can be surprising. The panel should be interesting.

    Ingrid, I think you'll find the book entertaining and a fun read.

  14. wowza, how could you just not love a book called DOES A BEAR SH*T IN THE WOODS? :)) Love it!


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