BOOKS/CDs/DVDs

Cover-Pruning the Family Tree

PRUNING THE FAMILY TREE
(Twelve short stories and a bunch of jokes)

  • Paperback: 242 pages
  • ISBN-13: 978-1450518437
  • Publisher: Gears Between Ears Press

A funny, nostalgic, and poignant collection of twelve short stories, delightfully mixing fact and fiction, with inspiration from the youth of Robert Cooper.  They were written for the literary journals of the University of St. Thomas and read by the author on Houston college, café and nightclub stages, and on radio and television.  “A Bunch of Jokes”  is a collection of his stand-up comedy material added to this book so that, if you ever happen to see him perform them live and you do not laugh, he can believe that you already read the jokes alone and laughed enough then.  In this way, he can continue to feel good about himself.  The book concludes with “Not Afraid,” a short comic play.

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ABEL
(Novel) 

  • Paperback: 268 pages
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449998721
  • Publisher: Gears Between Ears Press

An offbeat thriller set in present day Houston, Texas.  It covers twenty-four hours in the lives of a stammering, multi-phobic, T.V. news-obsessed library clerk and his slick attorney half-brother with his ambitious paralegal student girlfriend.  A Friday night murder in downtown Houston’s dark north side brings together these people in a twisting search for a strangely elusive suspect.  A quirky plot of truth and deception, good and evil, unveiled with humor, suspense, character revelation, and a dramatic climax.

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SPARKLY DUNCES
(CD, comedy)

  • Label: Gears Between Ears Audio

Robert Cooper reads from his stand-up comedy jokes collected in his book “Pruning the Family Tree” before a live audience at a book signing.  Recorded February 26, 2011, Jones Hall, University of St. Thomas, Houston, TX.

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TWO-MAN SCRAMBLE
(Screenplay)

  • Paperback: 100 pages
  • ISBN-13: 978-1481816786
  • Publisher: Gears Between Ears Press

A dramatic comedy fantasy tracing the dreams, struggles and triumphs of two golf-crazed brothers, Cary and Jimmy Aiken, and their single-minded pursuit of getting the more talented but nerves-plagued Cary on the PGA Tour.  With Jimmy as caddy, Cary tries and fails for decades to qualify for the Tour through its grueling annual Q-School tournament, returning dejected each time to his job in the sporting goods section of a K-Mart where he angrily smacks practice balls into a wall of cardboard boxes in the stockroom with lovely cosmetics clerk Faith patiently watching for twenty-four years of lunch breaks.  When cancer takes Jimmy’s life, Cary is devastated and the dream vanishes.  But when Cary reaches fifty, and is qualified, at least by age, for the Senior PGA Tour, Jimmy shows up in ghost form to help motivate and prepare his befuddled brother joined by his new heavenly friends, golf immortals Walter Hagen, Bobby Jones and Ben Hogan. … A clever, funny and touching story about golf and life … and golf in the afterlife!

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THE LAST FLAG
(Screenplay)

  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • ISBN-13: 978-1481829830
  • Publisher: Gears Between Ears Press

The  saga of the British immigrant Holloway family and their eventful twenty-two-year quest to own a large, thriving farm in early 19th century America.  The plot focuses on the short but heroic life of Jesse Holloway who becomes a champion Thoroughbred jockey in Tennessee with the help of slave-turned-horse trainer Ben Wilson, flees when framed for a crime and joins Davy Crockett in his 1835-’36 journey to Texas, and uses his peerless riding skills in defense of the Alamo against overwhelming odds.  A fictional story told with drama, action and humor, woven through Texas and American history.

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EMMIE AND THE EASTER CHICKEN (Children’s story)

  • Paperback: 28 pages
  • ISBN-13: 978-1482323917
  • Publisher: Gears Between Ears Press

An amusing and instructive children’s short story about rabbits, chickens, Easter eggs and who gets credit for them, and most of all about the importance of being yourself.

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BUILDING A BETTER BOB: Hot tips for college success powerful in the classroom and the real world (Book)

  • Paperback: 24 pages
  • ISBN-13: 978-1479326075
  • Publisher: Gears Between Ears Press

Summary of key points and comments from Robert Cooper’s live presentation of the same title.  (For details, visit: www.BuildingABetterBob.com.)

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WORDS & MUSIC (CD, short stories and interlude music)

Four short stories from “Pruning the Family Tree” read by Robert Cooper before live audiences at the University of St. Thomas in the late 1980’s.  Musical interludes created and played by him on baritone ukulele, marimba, bongo drums, electronic organ, harmonica and piano.  Release soon.

  • Label: Gears Between Ears Audio

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Robert Cooper In Concert (DVD, solo TV performance excerpts)

  • Produced by Gears Between Ears Video
  • Live music, comedy and literary readings from the TV series, Houston Arts Express. Release soon.

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THE MIGHTY OAK (Full-length dramatic comedy play)

Heart-strained Tom File left his high-pressure job as a cough drop company supervisor for what he had hoped would be a stress-free life as a Janitor at a nuclear power plant. When he hires a disgraced former school teacher to tutor his troubled teenaged son in 1979 rural Pennsylvania, he, his son and elderly father all find themselves awkwardly vying for the love of one confused woman. A full-length dramatic comedy exploring the differences and similarities of the heart in three generations set at the time of the famous nuclear plant meltdown at nearby Three Mile Island. Inspired by real events, the script is funny, touching, perceptive, tragic, heroic and ultimately uplifting. Release soon.

  • Publisher: Gears Between Ears Press

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EIGHT PLAYS (One-act comedies)

Eight Plays is a collection of comedy and dramatic comedy one-act stage plays by Robert Cooper. Several Winning playwriting competitions, they were written for college and community theatres with first production in Texas and Pennsylvania. Varying in characters and plots from real and touching to downright silly, they reflect the author’s sharp comic senses, gift for dialogue, and understanding of the human condition. Release soon.

  • Publisher: Gears Between Ears Press

The Science and Art of Sleep book cover-Cooper Front

The Science and Art of Sleep (Non-fiction)

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Gears Between Ears Press

What you need to know for better sleep starting tonight.

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The Drummer’s Solo (Memoir)

A memoir of my transformation from basket case to professional public speaker in just fifty years

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Gears Between Ears Press

“The Drummer’s Solo” is Robert Cooper’s memoir of his life from age five to fifty-five, focusing on the people, events and influences that transformed him from a self-described frightfully shy basket case when having to address more than one person (or animal) at a time into an acclaimed professional public speaker. … Funny, touching, spine-tingling, insightful, inspirational and instructive for anyone wanting to overcome the fear of all fears – speaking before an audience! Release in 2014.

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