Picks and Pans Review: The Gerbil Farmer's Daughter

updated 07/13/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/13/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

by Holly Robinson |

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REVIEWED BY LISA KAY GREISSINGER

MEMOIR
Every family has its secrets. Holly Robinson's happens to be that her Navy officer dad raised gerbils in the garage as a money maker. "Some men have golf, others ... gerbils," Robinson writes in this laugh-out-loud look at a fairly odd family. (Gerbils weren't the half of it—Robinson says her parents got peace and quiet at cocktail hour on the family boat by dropping their life-jacketed offspring overboard.) An affectionate tale of domestic life and the frustrations that come with belonging.

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