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Chomp, Chomp, Chomp: How I Survived a Bear Attack and Other Cautionary Tales Kindle Edition
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And yet I have the feeling that she would have sat there with me on the deck and smiled at my observing this (probably more naturally and less painfully than it was to do so during her immediate recovery from the attack) and said, “Yes, it’s a beautiful world. Enjoy it. Hell, I still do.” Ms. Hansen is a brilliant writer, witty and vivid and engaging. I read chapter after chapter about her adventures from childhood on, wondering when the bear attack would finally happen but not feeling impatient for it at all. There was just so much going on, as she met people and slept with quite a few of them and tiptoed past the minefields they left behind in her life. She has had an amazing life well lived, and I very much enjoyed sitting with her for a few hours and reading about it.
Someone asked her if they could send her money for her med bills and her answer was, "Buy my book." So, I did. The first few pages sketched the attack, then she launched into her life story. She was born in 1951 and really has had a Baby Boomer's life story that would make a great TV serial. (Everything from living abroad, to being a resort-hotel maid, to attending Hollywood "scenes" and then also having a career in radio.) About 50% into it, and she is in her mid 20s... I just can't wait to see how things go from here!
I'd give it 4.5 because the book presentation for Kindle is very good but there is a formatting problem in the justification when a printed book would have broken a word or sentence punctuation (m-dash) or hyphenated a word and this Kindle presentation doesn't work properly in the small type-size that I use. (...wondering if Allena did it all herself? She seems capable enough to have done so, and I have seen a few *horrible* Kindle "books" which do not grasp formatting for books.) It's a quibble, I know, but I find it is the *only* distraction from the content, which is presented in short chapters/vignettes, rich in content and story-telling and worth the time. Remember, I am only half-through the book! I may come back to make it a 5 star.
12/28/13 upgrading it to 5 stars from the May 2014 4.5 stars. I finished it long ago and still am thinking about bits of it... The formatting issues are long forgotten.