The Way We Say Goodbye by Chris Cox, ISBN-13: 978-0-9906968-0-3, $15.00 plus $5.00 P&H, 134 pages perfect bound paperback 6" x 9" format. Chris Cox's new book of essays is sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes wistful, but always beautifully written. Email the author. Phone the author at 828-627-3000. To order send check or money order to: Chris Cox, 22 Halfmoon Way, Clyde, NC 28721 or order from Chris' web site via PayPal
Chris is also the author of Waking Up in a Cornfield which is available through his web site.


About the Book
About the Author

About the book

"It made me laugh! It made me cry!" Surely, there is no older cliché to describe a book than that one, yet how else can Chris Cox’s new book of essays, The Way We Say Goodbye, be described? In one chapter, Cox recalls using his position as a young newspaper reporter writing a review of a community theater production of "The Diary of Anne Frank" as a means to persuade the lead actress to go out with him, while in another chapter he is coping with his father’s death. In between is the stuff of life, with essays on including a variety of topics, including chronic complainers, family reunions, romantic failures, and his brother’s insistence on grabbing a bite at the drive-thru on the way to the hospital with his wife already in labor. Give the book to ten readers, and they will most likely choose ten different favorites. Such is the variety and range of The Way We Say Goodbye.

Sample of the Work:

"These days, it seems, mothers are growing up with their daughters. They are hip, these mothers, speaking the same language as their kids, hanging out in the same places, shopping for the same clothes, scratching at the screen door of their youth, able to see in, yet somehow locked out."

"My Mother, the Lush"

"Hunkered down among rows of dried up, sun-withered cornstalks on a windless night, it is exceedingly difficult to be absolutely silent, even when you are being hunted down by large men who want to kill you. These men were rednecks—possibly rifle-bearing—and they thrashed violently through the rows of ruined corn stomping on fallen ears of corn like Godzilla crushing cars in Tokyo."

"A Couple of Bad Seeds"

These days, I'm looking more and more like Marlon Brando in "The Godfather," except his cheeks were stuffed with cotton, while mine are stuffed with…well, food most of the time. The Godfather sat with a cat in his lap. These days, my stomach sits in mine."

What others say:

"The depth of his writing comes not from using big words or spinning a web of complex thought, but from his reverence and appreciation for and the voice he gives to the everyday experiences that give life meaning. He finds a lot of humor in everyday life and you’ll find more than a cackle or two between his pages….but his real forte is painting pictures with words. I consider myself a writer and pretty good with metaphor, but in Chris Cox I have more than met my match."

--Bob Bamberg



About the Author
Chris Cox is a columnist for the Smoky Mountain News, and the author of another book, Waking Up in a Cornfield. His columns have won numerous awards on the state and national level and have been reprinted in magazines such as The Reader's Digest and Smoky Mountain Living. He teaches English at Southwestern Community College in Sylva, NC.

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