Months later they traded in their co-op in Brooklyn for a century-old Victorian house in Lincoln, Vermont (population 975), and Bohjalian began chronicling life in that town in a wide variety of magazine essays and in his newspaper column, "Idyll Banter."
These pieces, written weekly for twelve years and collected here for the first time, serve as a diary of both this writer's life and how America has been transformed in the last decade. Rich with idiosyncratic universals that come with being a parent, a child, and a spouse, Chris Bohjalian's personal observations are a reflection of our own common experience.
©2003 Chris Bohjalian; (P)2003 Random House, Inc., Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.
"In this inviting volume of more than 60 pieces from his 12 years of chronicling everyday events from 'the yellow house on the corner of Quaker Street', the transplanted New Yorker celebrates the village's traditions and showers its residents with praise. [He] writes movingly about serious, intimate moments." (Publishers Weekly)
"Bohjalian reads with a gentle, self-deprecating tone....These glimpses of country life are a pleasant diversion for hectic days." (AudioFile)
I'm a big fan of Chris Bohjalian, mostly because of his articles in the Burlington Free Press as I've only listened to one of his books (Buffalo Soldier - also very good). I moved from Vermont to Connecticut 3 years ago, and since then have missed his column. This book is a collection of his columns, all of which show true insight into the Vermont that I know and love. If you want to know what it's like to live in Vermont, listen to or read to one of Chris Bohjalian's books. It's obvious he loves his subject matter, and he does a great job taking you there.
I hoped this would be similar other books of this genre like "It Takes a Village Idiot" or Noel Perrin's series. (Life in a rural setting from an ousider's perspective...) Unfortunately, the writer is a little pretentious and the reader is annoying. I'm not quite sure what it is that is annoying except that there is a little too much inflection or drama in his voice. The text varies between statistic laden lecture to cutesy anecdote.
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