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Livin’ the good life means different things to different people,” Ida LeClair writes. “This book is all about living your own good life, not mine or anybody else’s.”
So it is that Ida, the alter ego of Maine humorist and storyteller Susan Poulin, merrily begins a tour of life’s better things, from feng shui for the double-wide to coping with “turkey gobbler neck.” Fans of Poulin’s stage and online performances (Just Ask Ida, a blog and podcast, was a staple of DownEast.com for many years and now can be found at idaswebsite.com) will be pleased to learn that Ida’s good-natured busybody humor is now available in a book, Finding Your Inner Moose: Ida LeClair’s Guide to Livin’ the Good Life (Islandport Press, Yarmouth; paperback; 241 pages; $16.95). Ida introduces us to the characters and customs of her hometown, Mahoosuc Mills, and dispenses advice on everything from marriage to physical fitness.
As for the “inner moose” thing, as Ida explains it, moose never get caught in the headlights the way deer do. Rather, “when a moose sets his sights on something he just goes for it.” Ida is eager to show you how you can do it, too. —Virginia M. Wright