I don’t normally read author’s memoirs, but I became curious about Birdie. Birdie’s book "Don’t Shoot! I’m Just the Avon Lady!" is a great read and put together so well that it was like reading a story rather than her memoirs. And novel it is. She takes you from present to later in time memories and then brings you back to the present. Granted, some of her memoirs were sad, but most of them cause me to chuckle out loud which is a rarity for me. Birdie’s spunk and determination has led her into situations that many of us will never experience. For instance, how many of us have opened their door, only to find a pig at the doorstep with a note telling her that the pig’s name was Frankie. Frankie became in indoor pet pig and I just assume he was potty trained.
One of my favorites was when she went on an Avon call with a request for lotion. To Birdie’s surprise, it was to be used on a pet monkey. "… she led him across the kitchen. … jumped into my lap. He put long arms around my neck.. and monkey drool started to roll down…"
Another was Birdie taking Avon shampoo to a new client, only to find herself shampooing a bald lady’s cat.
Oh, and the Avon foam she sprayed on a rat that was about to attack her.
Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Time Magazine, Good Housekeeping and so many others. The e-book was $5.99 on amazon. Here’s a link to her website: birdiejaworski.com .