Meet Iain Reid: an overeducated, underemployed twenty-something, living in the big city in a bug-filled basement apartment and struggling to make ends meet. When Iain lands a job at a radio station near his childhood home, he decides to take it. But the work is only part time, so he is forced to move back in with his lovable but eccentric parents on their hobby farm. What starts out as a temporary arrangement turns into a year-long extended stay, in which Iain finds himself fighting with the farm fowl, taking fashion advice from the elderly, fattening up on a gluttonous fare of home-cooked food, and ultimately easing (perhaps a little too comfortably) into the semiretired lifestyle. A hilarious and heartwarming comic memoir about food, family, and finally growing up, One Bird’s Choice marks the arrival of a funny, original, and fresh new voice.
Iain Reid’s writing has appeared on several CBC Radio shows. He’s also written for The Globe and Mail, The Iceland Review Online, and Atlantica Magazine, among others. A graduate of Queen’s University, Iain Reid was born in Ottawa in 1981. His upcoming memoir called One Bird’s Choice is about his decision to return and live at his parent’s home on their country hobby farm for a full year in his late twenties, after having left the nest for work and university years earlier.
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Hardcover: 264 pages
Publisher: House of Anansi Press (March 1, 2011)
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I don't usually read many personal memoirs, but One Bird's Choice was a delightful change from the ordinary. This is a humorous look at a twenty-something overeducated man as he documents a quiet and uneventful year spent with his parents on their small hobby farm.
This memoir details Iain's episodes with the feisty chicken that refused to give up her eggs, and the eight years worth of manure in the sheep barn that had to be shoveled out by hand. I especially enjoyed the image of Iain wearing his sister's very short pink shorts during farm chores, because his only pair of shorts was drying on the clothes line outside.
Iain's parents were hilarious, and it was easy to see how he settled in and became a part of everything that they did from day to day. I chuckled at the way his Dad picked out books for him to read, and proudly handed down his old clothes for Iain to wear. The strange relationship that his Mom had with her guinea fowl just about cracked me up. And there is so much more.
This is a light and easy read, filled with lots of laughs as Iain encounters senior life first hand. He gets very comfortable in the laid back life style, and I wondered at times if he would ever move on and make a life for himself. I truly enjoyed this book from cover to cover!
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of One Bird's Choice through TLC Book Tours, in exchange for my honest review.
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