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Reviewed by Lisa Jones for Readers' Favorite
I Probably Shouldn't Poison My Mother by Randi Tyler is a true to life collection of short stories. It is told from a child's perspective of how she perceived her childhood growing up in a lower-middle class family in Schenectady, NY. The collection of stories is very funny yet sometimes very matter of fact. The time frame is set in the early 1970s and I think the child may have been around ten to twelve at the time. There are also some lovely pictures throughout the book, which I believe to be from the author's personal collection. They just give the book an extra nostalgic feel.
Randi Tyler delivers a wonderful collection of short stories in I Probably Shouldn't Poison My Mother. Although I grew up in the UK and was not born until the mid seventies, there are still similarities in the stories of the way kids played even then. It was just the 'norm' to grow up breathing in second hand smoke in a property that had more leaks and cracks than a broken teapot. The different stories did make me laugh as I could relate a great deal to them, but fondly I remember things like that as the 'good old days.' My favourite story had to be when the family went to a restaurant for Easter and tried to act 'normal.' It was hilarious as within seconds their freak side started to slowly but surely become exposed. What a funny yet still strangely relatable incident. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a good old walk down Memory Lane and a few belly laughs at the same time.