Project Description


One More Time

(Just for the Fun of It!)

by Effie Leland Wilder
illustrated by Laurie Allen Klein

Another surefire hit by best-selling author Effie Leland Wilder featuring Hattie McNair and her fellow FairAcres Retirement Home residents!

“Maybe the reason I have so many hang-ups about the way I look is because there are so many hang downs. Oh, me!” The irrepressible Hattie McNair and her friends at the FairAcres Retirement Home are back!

This time around, a degenerative eye condition doesn’t stop Hattie from participating and recording in her diary all that is going on around her, reminiscing about the past and ruminating on the upcoming millennium. There is much to celebrate and much to lament as Hattie is saddened by the illness of her friend Louly and shocked by a storm that damages many of the homes in her small town. A variety show—complete with a Hattie-led Kitchen Band, washboards, kazoos, and all!—raises money to help the town recover. The end of the year finds the FairAcres crew creating a special holiday celebration with each resident contributing an ornament for the tree and a poignant memory to lift up the spirits.

With grace and humor, Wilder once again gently pokes fun at growing older, all the while reflecting on the special wisdom gained from aging, and the challenges and losses that must be faced.

This title is OSI.

Hardcover: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-213-2
Total Pages: 175
Size: 6 x 8
Language: English


“The book’s warmest passages highlight the tender friendships and heartfelt compassion that turn old age into wisdom…. Wilder’s tone is refreshingly simple and straightforward.” ―Publishers Weekly

“[Effie Wilder] has the writer’s eye and the storyteller’s gift. Her tales are wry, funny, melancholy, philosophical. Her reflections strike a common chord.” ―James Kilpatrick, syndicated columnist

Meet the Author

Effie Leland Wilder was the author of five books. She graduated from Converse College in 1930 and received the Distinguished Alumna Award in 1982. She also received the Order of the Palmetto, South Carolina’s highest award, for her philanthropic work. Her work has been published in the Charleston News and Courier and in the Saturday Evening Post. Ms. Wilder passed away in 2007.

Meet the Illustrator

Laurie Allen Klein is a graduate of Maryville College in Tennessee. An illustrator and graphic artist, her work has appeared in Atlanta and Athensmagazines and in publications for the Baptist Home Mission Board, the Presbyterian Publishing House, and the Georgia Wildlife Federation. She lives in Florida.