Mary Kay Feather, memoirist and irrepressible reader was born in Seattle where she's lived most of her adult life. While she devoted twenty years to library reference, her true work was the cultivation of joy and appreciation of books, flowers, travel and most importantly, the loyalty of friends. She has written a memoir of her explorations in the sixties to the eighties.
How do you get a fun girl to settle down? Stop her heart. In 1985 at forty years old, I was running a large bookstore, drinking local wines, smoking a pack a day, and partying in my poolside apartment. Occasionally, Shawn, my assistant, would bring his velvet bag of coke along for cocktail hours. Can a life of exploration starting in 1963 be snuffed out in intensive coronary care twenty years later? This is a story of coming of age in The Summer of Love, the Rolling Stones playing onstage.
I marched against the Vietnam War, dipped a toe into feminism and alternative ideas while laughter came easily as did the men.
Despite my dad's prediction that men didn't want divorcees, I married twice. My skirts were short and so were my ambitions: I attended the university without declaring a major. I rarely declared much of anything, except “cheers” at the neighborhood watering hole. Quitting my secretarial job in the early Seventies, I hit the road for a year, traveling alone with my hastily-learned Spanish, a taste for adventure and a towering gringa presence through Central America.
My mantra was "life is a banquet" and I took it on fully until I was admitted to the intensive coronary care at age forty. Fun Girl Feather (a label assigned by a Puerto Vallarta newspaper columnist) had endured a costly coronary event, done her last line of coke, and smoked her last cigarette. Join her in the adventures of those two decades before our reveler settled down and started working as a librarian in the Pacific Northwest.
TROUBLE WITH FUN: a romp with repercussions, her memoir seeking representation, recounts the history of the last decades of the Twentieth Century in a witty and unique voice as she settled down into a new millennium. Medical instructions reined in much of her frolicking, but careers as bookseller and librarian expanded her interests. If you enjoy adventure and medical trauma, romance and reading, you'll gobble this book.
Who wants to read TROUBLE WITH FUN? Anyone who enjoys a varied historical tale of a woman's adventures and fun sparked with mysterious medical mayhem and reassessment. When I walked out of the hospital in November of 1985, I was not sure how long I had left, but I had new respect for my life.