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An Irruption of Owls: An odyssey, a homecoming, and six winters in Vermont (The Snowbird Chronicles) (Volume 2) Paperback – July 14, 2015
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From the Author
It used to be routine for elderly parents to live with their children and grandchildren. Not anymore. Families are spread out, and people die in nursing homes. But it doesn't have to be that way.
About the Author
Sara Tucker has written headlines for the Louisville Courier-Journal, reviewed theater for the Albuquerque Journal, and edited articles about dusting for Martha Stewart Living. Everything she knows about winching she learned from the editor of Four Wheeler Magazine. At Condé Nast Traveler, she once played a singing reindeer in an office skit. At Cosmopolitan, she ran the copy department under Helen Gurley Brown. She now divides her time between Vermont and France.
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While telling about returning to live in her hometown in Vermont, Sara weaves in the back story of her father starting his medical practice in that town, lessons learned from her childhood piano teacher, a fire in the family home and much more. Later, she zooms ahead tin time: she is cleaning out the attic of the family home (what to do with the serpentarium built by Grandpa Cooley?), she is editing recipes for a Martha Stewart publication, she is writing a letter to her son as he strikes out on his own for Australia, she is in lower Manhatten on 9/11. She reflects back on fond memories of her grandparents and their farm, their efforts to expand their income by hosting "summer folk" from the big city and the accusations 25 years later that those visitors were the source of the "hotbed of Communist activity" in rural Vermont.
Our lives are lived with bits and pieces of our personal history and our family history floating in and out of our brains. Remembered lessons from childhood, flashbacks of silly events, words of warning from family members that come back to us years later. Back and forth in time, we are always remembering the past as we live in the present. This is how Sara tells her story. If you need a book that goes from start to finish, look elsewhere. But I'm warning you, you will miss a lot of fun! These stories are precious and have captivated me completely. I love Sara's view of the world, her sense of humor and I will re-read this book many times.