For Allena Hansen, a vicious bear attack was "no biggie" compared to the trauma inflicted by her refined '60s upbringing, her stint as Playboy's token intellectual bimbo, and her cowgirl angst, which is enough to knock even Job for a loop.
A tragicomic collection of latter-day Grimm's fairy tales, Chomp, Chomp, Chomp: How I Survived a Bear Attack and Other Cautionary Tales introduces Hansen as the smart-assed socialite and full-contact gardener that Hunter S. Thompson once toasted as "the distaff Hunter S. Thompson" and Andrew Breitbart called out as "the coolest person in the room".
Offering herself up as a cautionary example, Hansen poses the age-old question: "What makes a survivor?" Listen to this book and remain as puzzled as ever. But as you marvel at her uncompromisingly bad judgment and uncanny resilience, you just might learn something that could save your life.
Allena Hansen has led an incredible life and tells of it with grace, humor, wit and frankness. I enjoyed every minute of this performance/book. Well, at times it was more heart breaking, infuriating or disturbing than enjoyable but that all makes for one hell of a good listen.