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Trash Talk [Hardcover]

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The players were irate. Professional athletes from football, baseball, basketball and hockey revolted at the horrible imposition foisted on them. The idiot commissioners decided that they had seen enough behavioral problems so they invoked mandatory non-sports related education. What right did they have to force class and culture? But then the answer, the savior, appeared to the athletes. Not from heaven, but from a newspaper advertisement announcing a symposium entitled TRASH TALK, sponsored by the S.E.S. in Sarasota, Florida in May.

None of the athletes knew, or cared, what S.E.S. was, but trash talk was their specialty. Four days in Sarasota honing their skills. Those jackass commissioners couldn't have anticipated such a perfect opportunity. Word of the meeting spread among the athletes like wildfire. They could not apply fast enough. The annual Environmentalist Society Meeting, hosted this year by the Sarasota Environmentalist Society (S.E.S.) was going to be the surprise of a lifetime for many people. Judging by the numerous applicants, there seemed to be incredible interest in dealing with the trash of the planet.

Will the world of professional sports ever be the same if trash talk means recycling, compaction, purification and combustion? This humorous novel says "Maybe not!"

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Item Specifications...

Pages   192
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.9" Width: 5.6" Height: 1"
Weight:   0.55 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 15, 2006
Publisher   Oceanview Publishing
ISBN  193351504X  
ISBN13  9781933515045  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Patricia Gussin is a physician who practiced in Philadelphia. She is also the author of Shadow of Death, Thriller Award nominee for "Best First Novel," Twisted Justice, and The Test.Robert Gussin is the former Chief Scientific Officer for Johnson and Johnson. He is the author of Trash Talk. They divide their time between Longboat Key, East Hampton, and New Zealand.

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Great comedic novel - keep em' coming!  Nov 21, 2006
I love great comedic novels and Trash Talk is no exception. This book was super funny and a nice, quick read... perfect for the weekend (before the game comes on, of course)! The pairing of pro athletes and environmentalists - two extremely different groups - is a great set-up for an interesting and entertaining story. Throw in some stereotypical but highly comical characters, and you've got yourself a wonderful concoction of hilarity. Plus, after a novel full of funny mistakes and misunderstandings, the two sides find a solution to their differences, adding a warm human element to the book. I enjoyed Trash Talk and will keep an eye out for more books by Gussin.
Who talks "trash" the best?  Nov 10, 2006
The Sarasota Chapter is hosting the Annual Environmentalist Meeting for the first time since 1957. Arne Schwartz has been given the responsibility to set up a weeklong conference and decide on discussion topics for the breakout sessions and workshops. Arne's committee chooses the theme "Trash Talk" because of the proliferation of garbage on the earth.

Basketball Commissioner David Kress is looking for a way to improve communication between warring athletes who rely on fists and trash talk. He develops an initiative instructing that all basketball athletes must attend a conference of their choice that is considered continuing education on culture and courtesy. This idea is so provocative that other sports commissioners, baseball, hockey, and football, have jumped on this in plan and are enforcing this directive to the athletes of their sport. And so the great miscommunication begins.

Trash Talk does not live up to its promise. There were so many opportunities for the author to develop the characters and the story. Instead it seems it became an opportunity to use multiple 'mother @*!%`^'s and other expletives to drive the point to ad nauseam, the athletes are boys with bad attitudes and thug behavior.

I think much more could have been done with this story line to make it more appealing to a wider audience.

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Very funny and fun to read!!!  Nov 8, 2006
Robert Gussin, author of Trash Talk, has hit it out of the park with his
>debut novel. In a case of misunderstood advertising, hundreds of major
>league athletes show up at an environmental meeting entitled "Trash Talk"
>hoping to get additional schooling in on-the-field intimidation talk. When they realize the conference is more about waste removal than head games, tempers flare and it's up to the environmentalists and a few key athletes to redesign the conference in a way that will be appealing to both sides of this unlikely pairing. The result is a comedic and charming story of two very different groups working out their differences and having a great time doing so! It was a joy to read and very funny. Good work!
Gussin had me laughing for days, even after I finished the book!  Nov 8, 2006
As an avid sports fan and someone who is interested in environmental issues, the subject matter of Trash Talk got my attention before I even read it. I was very interested to see how these two groups would pair up and the outcome was hilarious! A quick and solid read, this book is full of laugh-out loud moments. In addition, I thought it made some good serious points too, both about the history of unsportsmanship-like conduct and environmental issues. I look forward to future books by Robert Gussin and applaud his first comedic novel!
Laugh out loud funny!  Nov 1, 2006
The setup for this hilarious charmer is deceptively simple. Environmentalists (complete with Birkenstocks, low bank balances, and geeky looks) and pro athletes (complete with brawn, bling and bad manners) make a series of mistakes that lead the two groups to share a convention in a small, unprepared Florida town. How the two collide is simply hysterical.

When I got to the phrase "tampons and live octopuses" I was laughing so hard I was almost asked to leave the Starbucks! A concerned waitress thought I was having a seizure.

Move over Christopher Buckley. This is THANK YOU FOR SMOKING territory for anyone who thinks jocks and tree huggers need tweaking. Buy a couple. You'll want to give it to your friends.

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