NC Literary Hall of Fame



Life is Short, Pack Your Bags Now! by Ann Ipock

Ann IPock
November, 2016
Nonfiction: Humor
Available from your local bookstore or the publisher

"It's a shame that more people haven't discovered the perfectly delightful humor of this Southern 'siren' (you'll have to buy the book to understand.) You can thank me for the belly laughs later."
—Shellie Rushing Tomlinson, author of Sue Ellen's Girl Ain't Fat, She Just Weighs Heavy

“Southern recipes for living, y’all! You can’t go wrong with Ann Ipock’s humor or approach to life.”
—Barbara Claypole White, best-selling author of Echoes of Family

The culminating book in the Life is Short series, Bags explores the beautiful yet strange human race: elderly ladies hogging church pews, ridiculous Siri voice interpretations, and marital matches not made in heaven. Other subjects include holiday hysteria, kitchen misadventures—including a large ham that needs its own seat belt—and, of course, travel: bad vacation karma and tips on never packing light. Ipock’s zany humor is balanced by nostalgic tales of growing up in the sixties and affectionate family portraits, from her still dancing 85-year old father to her lovable (but hairy) Grandog, Gus.

Ann Ipock is an award-winning Southern author, speaker and humorist, who’s found writing to be her safest career to date. After catching the Mayor’s mustache in her dental hygiene polisher, she joined a writer’s group, began acting in community theatre and changed her hair color at least three times. She now lives in Wilmington with her loving, loyal, and confused husband, Russell. They have two daughters and three granddaughters.

Her book Life is Short, I Wish I Was Taller follows Life is Short, So Read This Fast! and Life is Short, But It’s Wide and completes the Life is Short trilogy.

Ann has written for Georgetown Times, South Carolina's oldest newspaper, Sasee Magazine, Columbia County Magazine, and Salt Magazine. She has taught at the SC Writer’s Workshop in Myrtle Beach, the Foothills Writers Guild Conference at Anderson University, and was selected as a judge for Catfish Stew anthology.

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