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Chomp, Chomp, Chomp: How I Survived a Bear Attack and Other Cautionary Tales Kindle Edition
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This book is heavy. But it's page turning-required reading for anyone who feels the weight of the world on their shoulders and needs to see someone go through relatable, if not far more absurd, trials and come out with a medically replaced smile on their face.
In high school she was very spunky and reading her book tells me she is more so as an adult. I knew of many of the things she talked about 45+ years ago and I have been tracking the last five. This book is a page turner I LOVED!
What energy! What fortitude!
After decades of more adventuresome encounters than most, the author hasn’t slowed down.
I met author Allena Hansen at breakfast during IBPA’s PubU 2015 in Austin. Her book, Chomp Chomp Chomp won first place Benjamin Franklin Award and as an IBPA Board Member and a fellow author-publisher, I wanted to congratulate her. Soon we were sitting talking shop—how to leverage the prestige of this award in reaching a wider audience.
My review is based on the hardcover edition--her gift to me of a signed copy following our meeting.
She came of age during the 60s. At a half-dozen years younger than Allena, I enjoyed the rock and roll, and steered clear of the other two. Perhaps it was my upbringing by two immigrant parents who survived the Armenian Genocide, sacrificed to earn a piece of their American Dream, and wanted the best for their children. Perhaps it was that fear of how I’d explain it to them if I came home with VD, the clap, or herpes. And the drugs? Ya’ didn’t know whether you flying high, flying fast, or sitting still while the world revolved around you! And the pot smoke at rock concerts made me sick. Nope, not for me.
We each have our strengths and weaknesses. Allena was an adventurous spirit during these coming of age years, and despite how smart and put-together or self-controlled she appeared, the fabric of her life was pulled every which way by the threads of diverse people also trying to make their way in the world.Read more ›
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.
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If I were shopping for a book and ran across this one by appearance only I would not have given it a second chance; that would have been my loss. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Kindle Customer
To me a good book is one that you think back on , be it years or months after reading it. I will be thinking back on this book as it made me laugh as well as cry. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Tura
I thoroughly enjoyed many parts of this book and often couldn't put it down. I did feel that there was something missing. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
This was unhelpful when it came time to fight the bear.Published 11 months ago by An Amazoon Customer
This was one of those books that I really had a hard time putting down. You know from the outset that Hansen is attacked by a bear, but that's only one of the funny and fascinating... Read morePublished 13 months ago by JDo
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