Title: Seldom Disappointed: A Memoir
Author: Tony Hillerman
I was hesitant to read this book since I love Tony Hillerman's Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee mysteries so much. I've found that sometimes it is better not to know too much about the author and to just enjoy the writing! This wasn't the case for me with Seldom Disappointed. The first two thirds of the book deal with the author's childhood, WWII service, and marriage to his wife Marie. The last one third of the book was more interesting to me as Hillerman describes his tenure in academia as a professor at University of New Mexico (some HILARIOUS stories there for those who are familiar with academia from the faculty side of things) and then moves on to talk about writing his various novels. In his memoir, Hillerman continues to display the fabulous descriptive abilities that he is known for in his mysteries.
The title of the book takes on added poignancy knowing that Hillerman is no longer with us. To know that he felt he had lived a good life and was "seldom disappointed" brings a smile to my face.
This book is an overall joy to read for fans of Hillerman.
Rating: 4 out of 5
See also an essay/review in the Internet Review of Books titled, Tony Hillerman: A Gentle Man.
(Hat tip to Rose City Reader for pointing this one out to me!)