A Shop's Fables
The back cover proclaims this an irreverent, hysterical, allegorical look at the fifty billion dollar wedding industry. This is a how-not-to-book: a satire in satin and lace. This birthday gift from a recent MOB (mother of the bride, in one of Crowell's ever-present acronyms) is a funny set of satiric memories from a woman who ran for the carriage trade a shop with dresses for every special occasion in a woman's life (ii). A good sample piece is Zip-a-dee-doo-dah (87). The zipper on the bride's dress began descending during the reading from Corinthians 13 and made steady progress. One of Bob Fanter's delightful animal cartoons (88) portrays this moment well. The cartoons sustain the fable motif suggested in the title and form a little treasure of their own. Crowell also does a fine job of supplying one proverbial quip at the end of each little chapter. Two of my favorites are High heels were invented by a woman who had been kissed on the forehead (61, Christopher Morley) and There is only one pretty child in the world, and every mother has it (70, Chinese proverb). This privately published find is one of those treasures that is in this fable collection and may be in no other fable collection in the world!