Rats, Mice and Other Things You Can’t Take to the Bank by Leslie Handler

If you read my last post, you know that I have a love for Erma Bombeck.  I try not to compare authors, but when I find one who does remind me of someone I cherish, I have to do it.  Leslie Handler reminds me of Erma.  Her essays bring smiles, tears, laughter and a feeling of comfort.  I took my time with Leslie’s book.  With each essay, I felt as if I was sitting with a kooky, clever neighbor, enjoying coffee and talking about life… And so much more.  There was one essay in particular, that was so beautifully written, I found myself crying softly.  See, the beautiful thing about this book, is that each essay is so heartfelt, so open, I could feel the love, the heartache and the joy coming from this author.

The essays themselves deal with everyday life, bringing up two daughter, dogs, a loudmouthed cockatoo and a dear, funny husband who is always there in his quiet way.  I didn’t always agree with Leslie’s outlook and views on some things but still, I found myself respecting the stories and her life. Growing up we had a loudmouthed parrot named Paco.  Turned out Paco was a female, but I digress.  I am grateful for Leslie letting me into her world.  Definitely a lovely fun place to visit.

Amazon link to the book



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