Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Baja Oklahoma -- Dan Jenkins
TCU Press has published Dan Jenkins' Baja Oklahoma in a nice new paperback edition. I'd be hard pressed to pick a favorite among Jenkins' books, but this would certainly be up there near the top, and closing-in-on-middle-age Juanita Jenkins, aspiring singer and songwriter, is one of my favorite Jenkins characters. Her song lyrics are great, especially if you can imagine them sung in her voice that's "one third Loretta Lynn, one third Tammy Wynette, and one third ragweed allergy." And did I mention hilarious? Well, I should have. This is one of the funniest books of the year, even if it was published nearly 30 years ago. Wonderful stuff, just wonderful.