Sunday, June 01, 2008

A Couple 'a Books

I loved this book. I had only thought of Reeve Lindbergh as a children's author, and though I was aware she was a daughter of Charles Lindbergh, I didn't hold against her. I was surprised to find a fellow sojourner and long-time sheep raiser when I read her essays. She is a wise soul with a wicked sense of humor.

Wisdom: "I have also learned to know the ambiguity inherent in the keeping and caring for animals and children. However much I may care for them, any "keeping" of these living creatures is temporary, moving between tight embrace and full surrender, whether we like it or not."

Humor: Promises, Promises...or, What I Did On My Sixtieth Birthday

When I turned sixty
I found in the store
A world of temptations
For girls of three score.

With our Anti-Wrinkling Serum
We who have Fine Lines won't fearum
No, we'll be Regenerating:
Moistly, Actively Hydrating!
With these products we'll be using.
We won't age. We'll be Diffusing.
We'll be dancing, we'll be prancing
While De-Crinkling and Enhancing
No ones footsteps could be dragging
While her face cream's Anti-Sagging).

I left the store happy, though.
Isn't that funny?
I'm learning, at sixty,
how NOT to spend money.

I don't want to ruin the poem for those of you decide you need to read this book and I also don't want to wade into copyright violation.

I came across this book when I was looking in Overbooked for book club candidates. It received a starred review in both Booklist and Library Journal - that means they liked it a lot. I am not a fan of mysteries, but for those of you who are, it's touted as an "original and clever mystery, with a flock of endearingly woolly detectives." - a witty philosophical murder mystery with a charming twist, the crack detectives are sheep, determine to discover who killed their shepherd."


Birdsong said...

I am not surprised that Reeve Lindbergh would be a good author, considering who her mother was, and will have to see if my library can get this for me. Thanks for the new info!

Wool Enough said...

I loved "Three Bags Full." The sheep all have an appropriately sheepish outlook, but each has a unique personality. Great story!

Leigh said...

Well, I love mysteries, but I didn't think "3 Bags Full" was all that great. *lol* I know, I know, it takes all kinds ;)

Tina T-P said...

I thought "TBF" was a riot - but I think that was because I could see the personalities of the sheepies and equivicate them to ours - Maybe when Leigh gets her spinner flock she'll have a better take on it. (or tell her to think of it as "CCSI" with sheep instead of cats - Ha, Ha. )

The other book looks good too - liked the poem :-) as someone who is rapidly approaching the 60 mark... well, I guess I have 4 years, but that's going to go by fast, I think. T.

~~Sittin.n.Spinnin said...

I have see 3 bags full somewhere, I will have to try to get it; I like mysteries and of course I like sheep... :)

Cathy said...

I loved Reeve L's other writings so this goes promptly on my right-now list. Thanks!

bspinner said...

I love mysteries and didn't care enough for this one to even finish it, something I rarely do.