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Accidental Brownie - A Childhood Memoir Paperback – February 15, 2015
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I have one observation and one minor criticism. First, I would argue that the title Accidental Brownie brings to mind an image that the author didn't intend. It could be that I have been cleaning up after three young children for too long, but all that title makes me think of is a kid pooping in his pants. When I read the essay "Accidental Brownie," which is really about Froiland unintentionally acting like a member of his sister's Girl Scout troop, I was legitimately surprised that the story did not, in fact, involve fecal matter. Clearly, I need to get out of the house more...
As for my minor criticism, I think Froiland's writing style can be sprawling at points. Though I was entertained by the memoir and felt engaged with the stories, there were definitely moments when Froiland could have come to the point sooner by editing out superfluous details.
Regardless, Accidental Brownie is an enjoyable read. The light subject matter makes the book go quickly, and, ultimately, I felt this was a sweet and fun walk down memory lane.