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Just A Couple Of Chickens Paperback – December 11, 2009
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About the Author
Corinne Tippett has been writing forever, but only recently made the jump to publishing. Before the chickens took over, she worked with two of the National Laboratories of New Mexico and California. Corinne has lived overseas in Australia and Argentina, and together with her husband, Andrew Hunt, chose the wild lands of New Mexico to start their family.
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Just a few Observations of Just a Couple of Chickens:
Favorite quote: (page 223): "The only creatures on earth who don't have to do daily, repetitive, mind-numbing, annoying or even down-right hazardous tasks to keep themselves alive are creatures that are being fattened for another purpose".
Implicit theme: The craziness of the humans (folks like the tinted glass, non-paying, multiple-partner tenant/father) vs. the craziness of the animals (offspring producing babies with their mothers, walking around in their own excrement, etc.).
Unique literary approach: Use of smell to describe the changing of the seasons. Organization of the book around the seasons. Struggles of both the humans and animals in winter.
Nicest moment: The Guatemalan hired-hand who drove out in a blizzard to save the chickens while the author and her family were all away on vacation.
Chances that you've already read a humorous novel dealing with Hinged Eggs, Pheasants, Bankruptcy Lawyers, Martha Stewart, Stray Cats and Deep-rutted New Mexico roads: Zero.
Only possible drawback: No strong sense of direction in the middle of the book - but if there was one it might take away from some of the strengths of the book (seasons-based format, spontaneity, etc.). The beginning is clearly oriented toward the start-up of the poultry business and the end revolves around the collapse of the US economy and its impact on the family, bringing a very real and contemporary issue into the text.
Overall, an excellent first work by the author and I very much look forward to her next publication.
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I'm no longer interested in raising chickens (ever!), but I thoroughly enjoyed Corrine's honest, dry wit as the family navigated their dreams...Read more