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Posted on: May 30, 2014


Rae Ellen Lee Field Guide to Geezers


May 30, 2014 (Helena, MT)—Join former Helena resident, Rae Ellen Lee for a reading from her new humor book at the Lewis and Clark Library on June 17th at 7:00 P.M. and at the Lincoln Library on June 19th at 7:00 P.M.
This is the first book of its kind that is based on decades of research. Lee, an amateur naturalist and geezer enthusiast, offers detailed field notes and illustrations (by illustrator John A. Alley of Butte, MT) describing the unique behaviors and entertaining habits of 13 different species. You will discover that these charming hominids around us really are worthy of your time and attention. You will learn viewing techniques as well as secret tips for meeting and live-trapping your very own dream-geezer—the rules.
Lee’s previous books include a memoir, I Only Cuss When I’m Sailing (first published by Sheridan House in hardcover as If The Shoe Fits), which chronicles her move from Montana in 1997 with her new husband, Tom Lee, to the West Coast to live on an a sailboat. The goal: fix up the leaky old bucket, learn to sail, and set off for the Caribbean. In the sequel, My Next Husband Will Be Normal, Lee and her husband ditch the sailboat idea and fly to the U.S. Virgin Islands, where they buy a mom and pop business on St. John. On an island with the motto: You can do anything you want as long as the rest of us know about it, Lee’s life soon becomes “abnormally” interesting. This award-winning memoir for Travelogue/Experiences has been described as a humorous relationship drama.
In addition to Lee’s memoirs, she has penned two novels. The Bluebird House – A Madam. A Diary. A Murder., is set in a former mining camp brothel she lived in and renovated near Helena. This multi-genre feast has been called a paranormal-historical-romance-adventure novel with a mystery and some mountain man recipes. A second novel, Cheating the Hog - A Sawmill. A Tragedy. A Few Gutsy Women, is set in a Pacific Northwest sawmill. Told with wit as sharp a band saw teeth, this book has been called “funny, sad, tragic, and modern -- a real page-turner.” All books will be available and on sale at the events.

About Rae Ellen Lee: In keeping with her belief that the world needs more humor, Lee writes to entertain. The daughter of a geezer of some renown, Post Hole Augerson, she grew up on a stump ranch in Northern Idaho. She later worked as a secretary for the U.S. State Dept. in Washington, D.C., Switzerland, and (then) Yugoslavia before returning to the Univ. of Idaho to earn a degree in Landscape Architecture. Employment with the U.S. Forest Service followed – an agency that could brag, if it chose to, of a population rich in Boreal (or Spotted Owl) Geezers. Rae Ellen now lives in Escalante, Utah, and Sandpoint, Idaho. For more information, please visit her website

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