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The Secret Lives of Litterbugs: And Other (True) Stories
Take David Sedaris' self-deprecation and deep sense of the absurd and toss in a pinch Erma Bombeck's happy skewering of domestic life: there you have M. A. C. Farrant. In this witty, affecting collection of personal essays, Farrant has a gift for making those observations that would be harrowing, if they weren't so funny, and here tackles the absurdities of family life fro ...more
Paperback, 230 pages
Published April 14th 2009 by Key Porter Books
(first published April 1st 2009)
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Entertaining and insightful at times, but not spectacular. The Secret Lives of Litterbugs is a collection of memoirs that reminisce on family life, raising children, and the day-to-day. Sometimes the collection seems a little thrown together, but it was fun to read about Farrant's uncoventional family, both as she was growing up and when she has children of her own. She seems like a cool lady, someone you'd want to have a drink with.
A very funny book especially for anyone growing up on Vancouver Island in the 1960s. Farrant writes about things that we have lived through that she makes hilariously funny. It is a long list: family outings, eccentric relatives with even more eccentric habits, family members, other students in our classes, lessons in school and out. Everything is told in separate essays but it all ties together through the sequence of a life lived.