Life in a Tin Can is a collection of newspaper columns written by the author and published under the title “Common Sense at 60.” Sometimes poignant, often amusing, the stories are a combination of present-day observations and nostalgic glances at the past. If you’re looking for a reprieve from vampires, ghosts, politicians, and those Siamese twins, sex and violence, this is the book for you. The writing is honest, fresh, and clever. You’ll relate to the stories because they deal with challenges most folks face daily whether it’s shopping for toothpaste, standing in the “20 Items or Less” grocery lane, or keeping a doctor appointment. Stories about Festivus, licking a frozen clothesline pole, hairnets, cowbells, bacon, or leather chairs are sure to make you chuckle. Some, like memories of a long-ago childhood, might bring a tear to your eye, but that’s only temporary. You’ll soon be laughing at fruitcake, cherries fed to the dogs, and the great granite hoax.
This is a book Baby Boomers will enjoy, especially if they grew up on a farm. The author has been called “a masterful storyteller” by one of her editors and “a keen observer of life” who “transcends humor and drama” by two others. A common thread runs through the writing. It’s a thread that invites readers to sit down, relax, and spend a few minutes in the company of a friend. Each story is short and complete and can be read quickly. No need to dim the lights, put on a Mozart symphony, and light a fire. This is a book you’ll leave in the bathroom or in your office drawer. You’ll pick it up when you need a chuckle. You might carry it in your purse or briefcase and read it while you’re on a bus or train or plane. The writing will remind you of Jim Mullen’s work.
One thing is certain. Once you read Life in a Tin Can you’ll want to share it with family and friends. Like you, they won’t be disappointed.