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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 3, 2013
What a delightful book! Sara Parker gives us an unvarnished tour of her new life with her tongue in her cheek and her heart on her sleeve. It reminded me a little of "George Washington Slept Here" where city folk get countrified the hard way.
Sara shares her woes and triumphs with such humor - both extra dry and fairily whimsical - that I become involved immediately, and stayed that way. A real page-turner. She treats language like a lovely lump of Play-Dough, sometimes creating words, phrases and names for inanimate objects that convey their essence far more effectively than conventional wordery can. (It's catching!) Although this true account is often a romp worthy of Lucy, it also ventures fearlessly to lonely places, human frailties, political insights, world woes, love of animals, as well as rampant mouse poo and homemade applesauce. It shows us how hard hard work can be, the shock of sudden crises, and helps us, by example, to go with the flow. It honors the beauty of Nature. It celebrates good people and laughs at the meanies. Like the official who railed against local beavers building dams without permits. No kidding. It connected with me on many levels. Sara's every response to her new life is informed by her big sensitive heart, which in turn warmed mine. My inner child smiles. Her subtitle suits her - she lets in the light.. Recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 5, 2014
Ok, I may be biased because I’m a city girl who longs, every now and then, to move to the country. So the content of Sara Parker’s book is close to my heart. But what makes this story unique is Sara’s voice, full of humor and word play -- “cracked” indeed (as her subtitle suggests). Her format is journal-like, but don’t be fooled. She weaves daily foibles and small triumphs into larger themes through a cast of characters, human and animal, that burrow into our hearts. By the end of the book, “the Fahm” itself has reeled us in and we feel about it the way we might feel about any well-rendered character: fond and awed and grateful for the chance to have gotten to know it so intimately.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 27, 2013
A wonderful book that tells the stories of cross country travel, relocation and the challenges of a West coast to East coast move.

It made me giggle and it made me happy.

I recommend it!
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