Review: Funny Farm by Laurie Zaleski

Funny Farm: My Unexpected Life with 600 Rescue Animals
Author: Laurie Zaleski
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Released: February 22, 2022
Received: NetGalley

4 kitties

I’ll admit that I’m pretty trash about reading non-fiction novels. I’d love to change that, but I get distracted by yet another fantasy series every time I make that promise. Yet, there was something about Funny Farm that called to me. I’m confident it was the animal element, being a pet lover myself.

Funny Farm is a memoir and thus very much a true story. Laurie Zaleski shares her story about how she worked hard to bring her mother’s dream to life, only for her mother to pass mere months away from that dream becoming a reality. It’s so painfully relatable, especially as Zaleski decides to complete her mother’s vision in her stead, and thus Funny Farm was born.

Funny Farm is both heartwarming and heartbreaking. It’s a painfully relatable story, at least for me. I could very much see myself doing something like this in my mother’s memory, so that hit hard, as did the love of animals, for obvious reasons.

I enjoyed Zaleski’s writing as she regaled us with the story of Funny Farm. Though again, much of that story was bittersweet. I honestly don’t have much more to say on the matter than that every animal lover should consider giving it a read.

Thanks to StMartinsPress and #NetGalley for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, reader, and much more. While my photography blog is feeling a bit neglected at the moment, the other sites I'm involved in are going strong. ✧I review books, comics, and basically anything else in the literary world over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks (of Books). ✧I review comics and books, as well as write content for Word of the Nerd. ✧I review comics for Monkeys Fighting Robots. ✧I write content for Screen Rant and CBR. ✧I write book reviews for The Review Crew.
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