Monsters’ Throwdown — A Blogger Book!

As a person with Crohn’s Disease, I have seen my fair share of toilets, and my experiences there have been memorable.  And sometimes life threatening (especially if Goliath was involved).

And while I fully expect to die on a toilet, I was not born in one.

The same cannot be said of Eleanor Tomczyk, who writes a terrific blog called How the hell did i end up here?  If you don’t already know Eleanor, go on over.  She always brings a smile, makes you think, makes you laugh.

The story of her life is written up in her memoir, Monsters’ Throwdown — from her disastrous beginnings being born in a toilet, through her triumphs.  Eleanor always managed, somehow, to keep her head above water.

Monsters’ Throwdown will make you cry, make you laugh, make you thank your lucky stars that you didn’t have to go through what Eleanor did to just survive.  But Eleanor did much more than that — she thrived.  And we are all the better for it.

Monster's Throwdown

Available at Amazon — which, coincidentally, is where I got this image.

In today’s world, where racism has become, once again, less hidden, Monsters’ Throwdown is a book worth reading, and its lessons of survival, people helping people, love and triumph leave me very hopeful.

The book is available in paperback and on kindle through Amazon at this link.

Well, what are you waiting for???????





Filed under Bloggin' Buddies, Books, Childhood Traumas, Family, Humor, Taking Care of Each Other

47 responses to “Monsters’ Throwdown — A Blogger Book!

  1. Thank you for the introduction, Elyse. I’m not sure how I missed her blog and the book has been added to the Kindle list. I’m on track now. 😉


  2. Sounds like a book that is right up my alley. Thanks for showcasing it, Elyse!


  3. Always good to hear about another blogger and a great book. Thanks Elyse!


  4. Thanks for introducing (some of) us to her. Read her blog from start to finish. I absolutely love it!


  5. I have it, but haven’t started … so thanks for the encouragement.


  6. Eva

    I will check it out. Thank you, friend.


  7. Please …. “born in a toilet” I’m more than intrigued.


  8. sounds great. you’re so supportive! 🙂


  9. Great book! I read it when it was first published, and got a copy for my daughter. Great blog, great book, yay Eleanor!
    Well done, Elyse!


  10. It sounds great! I do follow Eleanor, but thanks for reminding me about her and her book.


  11. thank you for the introduction to Monsters’ Throwdown, and to her blog.

    and thank you for pointing me to something that made me smile today



  12. Elyse, I sat down to catch up with my favorite bloggers this morning, and you could have knocked me over with a feather when I discovered your blog was about me and my book. I screamed so loudly that WW who was cleaning gutters almost fell off the ladder. Thank you so, so much. I am deeply touched and very humbled by your review because you are such a fabulous writer.

    Thank you for making my day. I really hope to meet you some day–now, more than ever. All the best!


    • Eleanor, I am so glad I am not responsible for WW falling off that ladder. Getting off of it, as today has been horribly hot, I could live with!

      I bought your book a while ago, but just hadn’t opened it. Once I did, the story took off! I enjoyed it thoroughly — knowing as I did from the start that you had not just survived but thrived, helped.

      It would be great to get together! Why haven’t we done that yet? Wouldn’t it be great to do a DC bloggers’ lunch? Of course we would need to find someone to. Organize it (NOT ME!)


      You need to tell the other half of your story.


      • I would be happy to meet you for lunch at anytime or place when I am in town. You just say when. As to the other half of the story, I am working on it now. Hope to have it published by Christmas. Once again, thank you for all your deliciously kind words.


  13. You had me at “born in a toilet.”


  14. Thanks for the tip, Elyse.


  15. I loved this book, read it when she first published and thought it was fabulous.


    • Thanks for the backup! I bought it a while ago — I kind of forgot about it — I don’t use my Kindle (which is on my iPad) very often.


  16. Paul

    Thanks Elyse.


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