A Place in the Country by Laura Shaine Cunningham

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The author of Sleeping Arrangements returns with this glorious account of ultimate urban fantasy--country living.

When it was published ten years ago, Laura Cunningham's Sleeping Arrangements, a loving tribute to her eccentric childhood in the "Babylonian Bronx" of the 1950s, was met with a veritable avalanche of praise. Anne Tyler, writing in The Baltimore Sun, called it "a truly wonderful book." The Wall Street Journal compared Cunningham to Truman Capote, and The New York Times praised it as "a model memoir...funny and sad, irreverent and generous."

A Place in the Country marks the welcome return of this beloved writer. Like an American A Year in Provence or Under the Tuscan Sun, this winning memoir speaks to the universal dream of escape, the yearning for what Mary Lennox in The Secret Garden called "a bit of earth." A Place in the Country describes Cunningham's transformation from urban dweller to country sophisticate and takes the reader from the cramped spaces of her Bronx youth to the rolling greenery of the upstate New York farm she eventually settles on.

Cunningham's negotiations with the land, the local gentry (English aristocrats, a swami and his followers, and dairy farmers, among others), and the wildlife (holsteins, deer, chickens, geese, snakes, and pigs) are related with acuity, novelistic grace, and wry humor. Along the way, we revel in some of the most evocative writing about place in recent memory. A Place in the Country is an immensely satisfying book that at once captures the rustic dreams of every city child and the poignant passing of the old-fashioned pastoral life.

About Laura Shaine Cunningham

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Laura Shaine Cunningham is a playwright and journalist whose fiction and nonfiction has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times, Vogue, and Mirabella, among other publications. The recipient of numerous awards and fellowships for her writing and theatrical work, Cunningham divides her time between New York City and her "place in the country."
Published June 26, 2000 by Riverhead Hardcover. 304 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Travel, History, War. Non-fiction

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Although she reveled in easy access to forest and mountain, the gated community didn't satisfy Cunningham's fantasy of country life, and after some 10 years of searching, she found her dream house in the mountains.

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A Place in the Country, Laura Shaine Cunningham's second memoir (after Sleeping Arrangements), is a wry, funny account of her lifelong case of country-house fever (contracted as a child sharing a three-room Bronx apartment with six other people).

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