The Common Good
A Hamster Is Missing

A Hamster Is Missing


By Ed Spivey Jr. (soft cover - signed by the author)

Winner of the Gold Medal in Humor at the 2010 National Independent Publishers Book Awards. Second Printing. Newly designed and revised, with additional material.

"If I could write this funny, I'd quit my day job." -Bill Moyers

Sojourners' award-winning humorist Ed Spivey Jr. has finally compiled his best work - including previously unpublished essays - and created a memoir of living, working, and raising kids in the nation's capital during the Bush years, a time of conflict, environmental degradation, and economic hardship (and that's just the part about his family). From a daughter's first dance to a lobbyist's first jail sentence and a cicada's first date (after waiting underground for 17 years, one gets anxious), Spivey captures the times with his well-honed talent for finding the funny.

Spivey's book celebrates the uniquely American system of democracy that protects our God-given right to, year after year, do the dumbest things, and the author doesn't miss a one. In these troubled times, laughter is the best medicine, and A Hamster Is Missing in Washington, D.C. is just the prescription you need, unless you have an infection, in which case you'll also need an antibiotic.

For more than two decades, Ed Spivey Jr. has consistently won top honors in humor writing from the nation's religious press, including the Associated Church Press Association and the Evangelical Press Association. He also won the top humor prize from the Independent Press Association. His work has garnered praise from many sources and notables, including Bill Moyers.