Finding Your Inner Moose
Oh my gosh! Did you ever find yourself at the end of the day
wanting to relax with an outrageously amusing book? Try Susan
Poulin's Finding Your Inner Moose: Ida LeClair's Guide to Livin' the
Good Life. If you're the mom of little ones, try to tuck them into
bed first. It might not be easy to explain exactly what is so funny.
Out heroine, Ida, is at the stage in life where she wonders just
exactly what she did to deserve a turkey gobbler neck. She and high
school sweetheart hubby, Charlie, Lord of the Barcalounger, live in a
double wide trailer in a Maine burg not included on many maps. She
wouldn't have it any other way. "I just love living in a small town--
it gives you a real sense of community when you're greeted by name."
Ida cashiers at Super Food World and enjoys crafts and line
dancing. She has adventures with her five best friends. They call
themselves Women Who Run With the Moose. (For some reason that beat
out Women Who Crawl With the Lobster.) Let me tell you--those girls
know how to live it up.
Whether Ida and Charlie are suffering through a cabbage soup
diet, the girls are training for the Super Bowl of shopping--Black
Friday at the Bangor Mall, or niece Caitlin is feng shui-ing the
double wide, the book is humor at its best. But it's more than
funny. Ida claims to be a certified Maine Guide. She dispenses
wisdom a lot of women need to subscribe to in this world:
*Don't limit your family to blood and in-laws. Create your own A-Team.
*Don't let other people trip you up with yeah-buts.
*Remember to laugh.
*Banish the energy vampires ("friends" who deplete your energy).
*Listen to your inner voice.
*Do the things you also wanted to do...
Words to live by! That's for sure!
Ida was the result of an epiphany Poulin had in 1996.
Traditional Maine humor was a Yankee thing, not reflecting her Franco-
American culture. She wanted to see the strong, confident women she
grew up loving and respecting represented. I want to see a lot more
of Ida in the upcoming years.
On a personal note, this a volume my book club needs to read and
discuss. Maybe it will give us some fun ideas.
A great big shout out goes out to my book club girlz.
Julia Emily Hathaway
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