SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Susan Poulin will read from and sign copies of her new self-help humor book, “Finding Your Inner Moose: Ida LeClair’s Guide to Livin’ the Good Life,” at Southwest Harbor Public Library on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 5:30 p.m.
Poulin’s character Ida is a recently minted “Certified Maine Life Guide.” Ida is a lifelong resident of fictional Mahoosuc Mills, an impossible-to-find, but oh-so-familiar town in Western Maine, where she lives in a tidy and tastefully decorated double-wide with high school sweetheart Charlie and adorable dog Scamp. Most importantly, Ida is a daughter, sister, wife and best friend who draws upon her experiences and those of the noble and majestic moose to offer practical and hilarious advice on relationships, physical fitness, stress, housecleaning, work, shopping, fun and more.
The book includes sections such as “What Did I Do Wrong to Deserve this Turkey Gobbler Neck?,” “Feng Shui-ing the Double Wide,” and “Spousal Deafness.” This book is 100 percent Ida, who, as her husband Charlie often says, “just loves giving advice to people, whether they ask for it or not.”
Poulin, once selected by Portland Magazine as one of the “Ten Most Intriguing People in Maine,” created the character Ida LeClair in 1997. Poulin has been a leader in bringing a female voice to New England storytelling and humor, a genre historically dominated by men such as “Bert and I” and Tim Sample. Poulin has produced five stage shows featuring Ida: “Ida: Woman Who Runs with the Moose,” “Ida’s Havin’ a Yard Sale,” “A Very Ida Christmas,” “The Moose in Me, the Moose in You,” and her latest, “I Married an Alien.”
Call the library at 244-7065.