Perel, Saralee. Cracked Nuts & Sentimental Journeys: Stories From a Life Out of Balance. Lexington, KY, 2012.
As a collection of two- to four-page essays, this book from award-winning columnist Saralee Perel was supposed to be one I could read in small bits and pieces. But each time I sat down to read a couple of entries during a lunch break, I found myself inventing excuses to stay at the table so I could read “just one more.” I would eat slower and slower — or worse yet, keep hopping up for yet another cookie. Saralee not only admits the wackiness and flaws in her life and home, she positively exaggerates them for comic effect. At least…
I hope she’s exaggerating. Hmm…. At any rate, I don’t know when I’ve laughed so hard.
But in other entries she shares, with grace and courage, gut-level feelings about both the toughest and the most tender moments of life. If you have ever lost a beloved person or pet, misunderstood your parents, been overwhelmed with love and gratitude, or endured a life-changing injury, you will find yourself in the pages.
You’ll also fall in love with Bob, Saralee’s husband who cheerfully nurtures almost any life form; Gracie, the self-appointed companion dog; and one or two psychotic cats.
My advice? “Read it now.” Well, first procure a large bag of Oreos and a glass of milk. And a napkin, in case you snort the milk out your nose. Available at Saralee’s website, which is well worth visiting anyway. Or from Amazon / Barnes & Noble.
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