Ida LeClair’s new book (Oops, I mean Susan Poulin’s new book), The Sweet Life, published by Islandport Press in Yarmouth, is a humerous, insightful, and entertaining guide to love, marriage, and more.
It’s easy to get Susan and Ida mixed up. Susan is the real person. Ida is on her-stage character. And Ida is a character. The book features Ida’s (Susan’s) advice.
If you liked Susan’s earlier book, Finding Your Inner Moose, you will really love this one, filled with hilarious stories that demonstrate her very practical advice, much of it aimed at husbands (go figure).
In the section titled “Straight Talk from Barcalounger: When in Doubt, Hug it Out,” Ida tells us, “Sometimes your wife’s gonna be mad at you, and you’ll have no idea why. Number one rule: don’t ask her what’s the matter. That’ll only make her more irritated at you because you can’t read her mind. Hey, it’s not fair, but life ain’t fair.”
Some of the advice is serious, including how to deal with the death of your spouse in the section titled “The Last One Standing.” The story of spending time with a friend whose husband died is thoughtful and touching.
I even loved the book cover photo of Susan with a bucket of dirty clothes, holding up her husband’s filthy sock. My wife has been there, done that!
There’s something for everyone in this book. Thank you Ida! I mean Susan!