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Magic Fishing Panties by Kimberly J. Dalferes is a collection of non-fiction stories and blog posts designed to celebrate the joys of being a 50-something woman. Dalferes shares family stories and personal opinions about everything from family get-togethers, fishing, aging and relationships to parenting, career decisions and snow storms. The essays are a liberal mix of laughing at herself and laughing with others.
Reading Magic Fishing Panties was my introduction to the wit of Dalferes, and I now understand why she has an active blog following and fan base. Her writing feels like a morning sitting around a table, chatting with good friends. Even during her serious moments, she tempers the conversation with compassion and good intentions. While each essay can easily stand alone, as a collection the work is well written and thoughtfully organized. My favorite story was “Playing the Girl Card” where Dalferes shares her personal experience with training in a traditionally man’s world.
Women of all ages and educational backgrounds will find something about Magic Fishing Panties that they can relate to, whether it be the close yet warped relationship with family, the feeling of opening mouth and inserting foot at the most inappropriate times, or the sense that time passes by too quickly. They will appreciate how difficult it must be for Dalferes to open her life up to strangers and share sometimes embarrassing and often thought-provoking incidents, and they will most assuredly appreciate the chance to laugh and commiserate with such a strong, well-educated woman.