A tongue-in-cheek accounting marked by insight
The Secret Life of a Snowbird: An Inside Look at Retirement in America's Sunbelt is the delightful memoir of Len Schritter, telling of how he and his wife chose to join tens of thousands of other "snowbirds" and migrate from blizzard-prone Idaho to retirement in sunny Arizona. From Len's introduction to the cult-like ritual of Wednesday night bingo, to the merciless inspections of the resort community's weed police, the ups and downs of Len's adjustment are recounted in gentle vignettes. A tongue-in-cheek accounting marked by insight into retirement community life as only an ex-potato farmer can see it, highly recommended. v
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The Secret Life of a Snowbird has made it all the way to the Widener Library at Harvard! It can now be found in the HOLLIS Catalog of the Harvard University Libraries.
Well written with lots of true to life experiences. The wit and humor that the author uses to describe his adventures and misadventures is truly enjoyable. Len Schritter is a remarkable storyteller.
"Len Schritter is a master of snappy dialogue"
This book is a must read for anyone who is or who wishes to become a "Snowbird" I am sure you will find either yourself or your snowbird neighbour described inside. I could not put this book down until I had finished it.
Canadian Snowbird Association
This is a must read for anyone contemplating living in a retirement community...
Humorous and heartwarming new book examines the migratory life of snowbirds seeking winter warmth in America’s sunbelt
“I swear this story is true,” insists Len Schritter, author of the soon-to-be-released book titled The Secret Life of a Snowbird. “I was just sitting there in the bingo hall minding my own business when this strange woman asked if she could rub me with her pig.”
To find out why he said yes, you’ll have to read his new book. This incident and others, including one he calls “soused of the border” and another in which battles his resort community’s weed police, reveal much of what it’s really like to be a snowbird.
The Secret Life of a Snowbird is expertly written with just enough humor to make it an interesting and enjoyable read. Len Schritter is able to make readers feel as though they are right there with him. I felt his pain from the slip of the tongue while talking with the elderly gentleman in the grocery store. I felt the same sense of helplessness he was feeling when he had too many margaritas in Mexico. Len’s adventures and misadventures are so true to life, I couldn’t put the book down.
Anyone who is considering retiring to a warmer climate either full time or part time should read this book. It is an inside look at exactly what to expect from living in a retirement community.