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2012-02-02

Local author holds book signing at Bandera library

By Carolyn B. Edwards BCC Staff Writer

Local writer June Reedy presents a Hill Country update of The Egg and I with her newly published book, Goat Diary.

It's the central Texas version of city folk moving to the country and deciding to "raise sumpthin."

Reedy will hold a book signing at the Bandera County Library from 9 am to 1 pm on Saturday, Feb. 4.

Set in Lakehills, Goat Diary recounts how the Reedys, never having raised so much as a chicken, decide to start a goat ranch.

The book relates their fumbling attempts at animal husbandry, and features, with warm humor and wit, the people, places and events of Bandera County and the Hill Country.

Reedy retired in 1985 as vice president of a multi-billion dollar insurance and investment company. In 26 years of retirement she has served on numerous boards, operated a photography studio and "meddled in the lives of her and her husband's children."

As her website says, the book is "a memoir which takes an inexplicable approach to storytelling and to publishing. This collection of diary entries is a reality show in narrative form, a blog without responses, and a 'tweet' unlimited in words."

Goat Diary is available on-line at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and goatdiary.com.

Betty McDonald's The Egg and I became a blockbuster hit in 1945. In the author's first published work, McDonald shared anecdotes about her life with her husband on a derelict chicken farm in Washington. Fred MacMurray and Claudette Colbert played the lead roles in the hit movie version released in 1947, alongside Marjorie Main and Percy Kilbride, playing the perennial comic favorites, Ma and Pa Kettle, the lazy neighbors.