Out to Pasture But Not Over the Hill Author:Effie Leland Wilder, Laurie Allen Klein (Illustrator) The sometimes funny, sometimes bittersweet story of a retiree who is, despite age and her surroundings, devoted to living -- and loving every minute of it. — Hattie McNair may be retired, but she certainly hasn't retired from life. In journals and letters to a friend, Hattie tells the stories of her fellow residents and of the immeasurable gi... more »fts and burdens of aging. Through the histories, hopes, and hijinks of Hattie's friends and foes, we come to know the FairAcres folks and to share their triumphs and losses. When they join forces to help an illiterate young handyman, Hattie and company change their lives as well as those of young Arthur Priest and his family.
By the time we finish OUT TO PASTURE, we know the pride found in a life lived long and well, and the impact that we can have, no matter what our age, on the people -- and the world-around us.
tani reviewed Out to Pasture: But Not Over the Hill on
Helpful Score: 3
It's hard to believe that this was written by a lady well into her eighties. A first-person story set in an old folks' home. Tender and mildly humorous. I enjoyed reading it just before going to sleep at night and liked it enough to order another by the same author.
This charming novel by eighty-five year old Effie Leland Wilder stars Hattie McNair, an inveterate journal-keeper adn eavesdropper extraordinaire. Hattie's humor and indomitable spirit make Out To Pasture an amusing and heartwarming look at the often-avoided topic of aging.
MSCOZY reviewed Out to Pasture: But Not Over the Hill on
Helpful Score: 3
A nice little cozy read! This is book one in the series.
Hattie lives in FairAcres Home, a small retirement place for those able to still take care of themselves. Her friend Retta has added her name to the waiting list to move in there. Retta writes to Hattie asking her opinion of the place. Not wanting to influence Retta's decision, she starts to keep jottings of everyday life and occurrences at FairAcres.
And thus starts the journal that Hattie keeps. She has to write things down as she forgets them as I can attest that as we age, our memory often plays tricks on us.
She will make you laugh, cry and at other times, sit back and really look/reflect at your life. Hattie has a flair with words and poetry and has learned to appreciate the small things as well as life itself. She certainly gets a big kick out of eavesdropping on two fellow residents and their musings.
It is a charming story told by someone who has lived life and is still able to see beauty and love around her. She makes references to Our Lord and has a word or two for Him. I like that about her. lol If you are a Fannie Flagg fan, this is your kind of book. It is only 177 pages and is a fast, delightful read. I read it in one sitting and now will definitely look for the others in the series.
Cheryl B. reviewed Out to Pasture: But Not Over the Hill on
Sweet stories from an assisted living/nursing home, the first novel written by 85-year-old Wilder. Written like a journal, the writing is simple, with some injected humor and just enough plot to keep you reading to the end. I liked the book because of the insights it provides into aging, especially of those who have been forced to or chosen to live in a home that's the exclusively domain of the aged. I discovered this book when delivering library books to our community assisted living facility. The resident to whom I delivered the book passed away about four weeks ago. As light-hearted as the book seems, it engendered some serious discussion in our local book club this past week.