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Afraid of Goosequills

The Wit & Wisdom of Neil Hummasti

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Forty Ways To Square a Circle


"In a writing style that is precise and insightful, Hummasti takes his character on a journey fraught with trials and travails, only to achieve a delicate balance that leaves him in much changed circumstances—but also, finally, becomes validated in terms of his true values."

—Clyde Curley (Author)

"If you haven't read this book, its characters and North Coast sensibilities are unforgettable."

—Jennifer Nightingale (Author/Poet)

About Neil's Writing Talent


"Neil was a writer of immense talent and astonishing range who left behind a treasure trove of words brimming with keen observations, insights and critiques of American families and institutions."

—Matt Love (Author)

I See London, I See France...

Wishing Shelf judges described I See London, I See France... thusly: "Character-driven, often very funny. A RED RIBBON WINNER and highly recommended."

Comments from individual judges:

"If you are looking for a travel book, this is NOT for you. If you want to meet zany characters and you happen to enjoy Monte Python-style humour, this IS for you."

"This is rather a fun novel. Light and packed with very odd characters – the family is a nightmare – this was a very entertaining read."

"This author has good comic timing and a way with words. I chuckled happily away. I’d recommend to anybody who just wants a bit of light humour before they drift off to sleep."

"Very funny and also very well-written. Lots of humour." (It's a British award, thus the spelling of "humor.")


"I started reading I See London, I See France... and I could not put it down. I had to put it down because I was laughing so hard. It’s like a stand-up comedian: the jokes keep coming, but they are so smart. I was having a blast! The cleverness with the way he put this book together is incredible."

—Carol Newman
(KMUN Radio Host)