A Memoir, How-To, and Compendium of Yankee Humor by Rebecca Rule
In her career as a yankee storyteller, Rebecca Rule has traveled throughout New England telling stories and gathering them. One story leads to another. At town halls, historical societies, churches, and senior centers, people have shared stories that connect them to this rocky old place we call home. They’ve shared stories of family, country living, adventures and misadventures, triumphs, and “what the heck just happened?”
This book is the capstone on a twenty-five year career; the best of the best of these stories are collected here. It is also a memoir of how she came to be a storyteller, why storytelling matters, and what she has learned about the craft in the hundreds of performances she has given.
It’s a book full of characters, insight, heart, and good humor. Careful where you read it because you will be laughing out loud!
Rebecca Rule has made it to Sugar Hill a few times and captured some of Maxine & Bert Aldrich’s humor in her stories. Perhaps you have heard Maxine telling a customer (maybe you) the difference between New Hampshire or Vermont Maple Syrup. If you haven’t heard it then you’ll find the difference explained on page 272 of Rebecca’s book (answer is only 3 words). On page 221 you’ll find an example of the town meeting wit from both Maxine and Bert. It was the first town meeting that I (Brenda) had gone to and I wanted to disappear into the floor but both Mom and Dad gave very truthful answers as Mom drove the car to grocery shop or take us kids to places in Franconia while Dad drove us to the bank and to shop in Littleton. Rebecca Rule has some creative spelling in her book but these two stories are part of the truthful stories . . . and there are a few embellished stories in this book, too.
Published in 2019
Concord, New Hampshire