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Don't Shoot! I'm Just The Avon Lady! Paperback – November 20, 2008
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"Her posts draw more than 1000 hits a day from readers fascinated by the woman who buys antiwrinkle cream for her pet monkey Hubert or by the wife who orders Bust-Sculpt Contouring ointment for her husband who ingests it as an alternative to Viagra." - Time Magazine
About the Author
Birdie is the author of the Avon Lady Memoir, "Don't Shoot! I'm Just the Avon Lady!" which was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is also the author of several books about Las Vegas, New Mexico, including "My Tiny Vegas," a collection of stories about the strange and wonderful cowboys, santeros, and bad boys that call Las Vegas home.
Birdie's life and stories have been profiled in the New York Times, Time Magazine, and the Wall Street Journal. Her articles and stories have appeared in many national publications.
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One of my favorites was when she went on an Avon call with a request for lotion. To Birdie's surprise, it was to be used on a pet monkey. "... she led him across the kitchen. ... jumped into my lap. He put long arms around my neck.. and monkey drool started to roll down..."
Another was Birdie taking Avon shampoo to a new client, only to find herself shampooing a bald lady's cat.
Oh, and the Avon foam she sprayed on a rat that was about to attack her.
The author has an interesting and creative writing form. She sets the scene with detailed descriptions of both people and what they are wearing to her surroundings, and the history of the neighborhood. At times interesting, but more often, frustrating filler. I don't do spoilers, so I will avoid discussing the details. Towards the end of the book, when I'm expecting some of the recurring story lines that did keep popping up to be resolved, I started getting very frustrated at the length of the set up. But even worse was after the teases throughout the book and the long drawn out build up, the conclusions were anticlimactic. The story didn't end, it just stopped.
Pluses for the author's ability to use words to create images in one's mind, feelings, and finding ways to add humor. Minuses for lack of a consistent story line, lack of conclusions, and editing missteps.
With that said, please check out Birdie's non-fiction collection "My Tiny Vegas". Her writing skills are much better suited to this series of vignettes about her hometown of Las Vegas, New Mexico.
The book jumps around from time to time and unlike some readers on here I didn't find this distracting or hard to follow and I thoroughly enjoyed the book. I hope she brings a sequel out soon as I'll be sure to read it.
The only thing that prevents me from giving this book five stars is the layout of the Kindle book. I'm not sure who does it but the chapters run into each other with no proper spacing. It's not enough to detract from the enjoyment of the book at all but it would make it read much easier. Nevertheless this has been a great book to read and a highly recommend it to someone who's looking for some light, easy and funny reading.
Most recent customer reviews
it moved to slow.
I think it needed more of something.