2013: Auntie Mame

"It had rained all day."

Auntie Mame, Patrick Dennis

You know, today was my first day back at work after maternity leave/cancer nonsense, and nonetheless, here I am, working my typing fingers to the bone, for you, my adoring public.  Just kidding! The real test will be if I am able to get a post out tomorrow, once my darling mother goes home and leaves us (SOB!).  What will we do without our Meme?? Pray for me, readers!!

Anyway, Auntie Mame.  This is a re-read, and this one of my favorites.  If you only know Mame from the movie, the musical - or God forbid, the movie version of the musical, you are missing out on Mame.  Yes, the book is even better than Rossalind Russel (though the movie did come up with the great line - "Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death" which isn't in the book - but should be).  It's funny, and fabulous, and once you have finished Love in a Cold Climate, you must go and get Auntie Mame.  

Ok, if you need more convincing, or if you don't know what it's about, its a series of collected stories about Patrick Dennis (which is also the name of the author, but its just a pseudonym, so don't think that a word of its true), is an orphan who taken on by his fabulous, fabulous Aunt Mame.  And she's nothing like anyone else you know - she's a force to be reckoned with.  I think the best chapter is when she takes on the snobbish, Anti-Semetic Upsons.  Or maybe when she deals with poor Agnes Gooch's pregnancy. Or, no, when she wins over the entire South.  I can't choose and I can't describe it - just trust me when I tell you its witty, and and delicious, and if you haven't read it, you are missing out.

© Carrie Dunsmore 2017