Funny Farm: My Unexpected Life with 600 Rescue Animals

Blackstone Audio. Jan. 2022. 8:10 hrs. ISBN 9781250272843. $25.87. PETS
Zaleski’s memoir features many rescue animals but mostly centers on the story of her mother, Annie McNulty, who fled an abusive marriage at a young age with kids in tow, few skills, and no money. They land in a broken-down shack and somehow make it work. Narrator Erin Moon does solid work keeping an even delivery on some of the more harrowing events. McNulty takes whatever jobs she can get, and a gig at an animal hospital starts her on the path to rescuing animals. A variety of animals make their way to her home, and they become a significant part of the author’s childhood.
VERDICT It’s more about resilience in the face of adversity than about animal rescues, but listeners can gain insight and inspiration from a woman who has made it her mission to save abused and neglected animals.
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