With her tongue planted firmly in her cheek, Missoula writer Kristen Berube tells what life is like married to an avid outdoorsman who thinks that a “fun date” is a ride down a rough dirt road in a reeking truck full of dog hair and fast-food wrappers to scout game. In Confessions of a Camo Queen, Berube takes readers inside the mind (one-track), truck (stink wagon) and wardrobe (solid camo prints) of her mate to bring insight into the life of a Camo Queen.
“A camo guy is always looking for elk, deer, shed horns, big furry critters, little furry critters, and anything with an open season on it,” she explains. To survive, the Camo Queen must learn to accept and admire gifts of pink camouflage undies (whose idea was that?), another deer head to enhance the dining-room décor, or a box of ammo.
Chapters in the wild, laugh-inducing romp include “The Romance of Camping,” “Truck Lust,” “Huntin’ n’ Fishin’ Lingo,” and “Hunting Camp Fashion.” Check out this outfit: “A checkered hunting jacket with the sleeves cut off, too-short running shorts, and … wait for it … clogs.” And even those are camo-colored.
In order to be a member of the sisterhood of Camo Queens, Berube says, you must have a sense of humor. “What can you do? You gotta laugh.”
Kristen Berube “lives a crazy, laugh-filled life with her outdoorsman husband Remi and their three camo-clad children in Missoula, Montana. A graduate of Montana State University and the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, she loves being a mom and enjoys hiking, fishing, and camping. Confessions of a Camo Queen is her first book.” Learn more at farcountrypress.com.