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The Exact Same Moon: Fifty Acres and a Family

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In Fifty Acres and a Poodle, Jeanne Marie Laskas described how she survived her first hilariously tumultuous year at Sweetwater Farm. Now she returns with a funny, touching, and personal new memoir of what happens after your dream comes true...

With a picture-postcard farm, a wonderful marriage, two mules, and a new refrigerator that spits crushed ice, what more can a girl ask for? That’s precisely the question Jeanne Marie asks herself as she and Alex settle into their new life at Sweetwater Farm. Two years ago they left the city behind for a life filled with the practical, often comical, lessons of living close to the land—and they never looked back. Yet when her strong-willed mom is hospitalized with a sudden and mysterious paralysis, Jeanne Marie rushes home to Philadelphia and her extended, sometimes chaotic, but always loving family. It’s there that she realizes what is still missing from her life: a family of her own. Now it’s a matter of bringing up the subject to her husband, Alex, fifteen years older and with adult children of his own, who seems terrified that she’s thinking of adopting a Chihuahua.

With warmth, wisdom, and unfailing humor, Laskas tells the poignant story of her search for motherhood—and what happens when a woman risks happily-ever-after for something even more precious. As she tends to her own ailing mother, Jeanne Marie discovers that the challenges and rewards of living with Mother Nature pale in comparison to those awakened by the nature of mothering.

The Exact Same Moon is filled with hilarious and heartwarming vignettes of people and a way of life you’ll be glad you met. From "borrowing" sheep to help mow the lawn and sitting in on the racy hay jokes at the Agway Equine Clinic, to befriending the notorious old lady who holds the water rights to their future pond, corrupting the neighbors with satellite TV, and learning the fine art of going a-calling, Laskas proves once again that laughter, love, and wisdom are truly homegrown.

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Synopsis:

The author of Fifty Acres and a Poodle continues her story as she deals with her own mother's grave illness, her struggle to understand her mother, and her own journey to motherhood, in a heartwarming account highlighted by a cast of old and new characters. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.

Synopsis:

"Her descriptions are strong enough to make even readers unfamiliar with her situation feel moved"

--Publishers Weekly

"For anyone who'd like to chuck it all and move to the country."

--The Washington Post

"Jeanne Marie Laskas is a wonderful writer, smart as they come, and a real joy to read."

--Annie Dillard

"Humorous...This true-life tale charts a big-city girl's transformation to farm gal."

--People

"Jeanne Marie Laskas is a formidable reporter and one damn fine writer."

--Esquire

"A winning journey of the heart and psyche...There are laughs aplenty."

--The Philadelphia Weekly

From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

JEANNE MARIE LASKAS is a columnist for The Washington Post Magazine, where her "Significant Others" essays appear weekly, and a contributing editor at Esquire. She is also an assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh, where she teaches creative writing. When she’s not working on her next book, she, Alex, and their two daughters tend the goats, sheep, horses, mules, and other animals at Sweetwater Farm in Scenery Hill, Pennsylvania.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307484468
Subtitle:
Fifty Acres and a Family
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Author:
Laskas, Jeanne Marie
Author:
Jeanne Marie Laskas
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Women
Subject:
Family & Relationships : General
Subject:
Family & Relationships : Adoption
Subject:
Family & Relationships : Adoption & Fostering
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Adoption & Fostering
Subject:
Agriculture-Livestock General
Subject:
Biography-Women
Subject:
Americana-Country Living
Subject:
Agriculture-Profiles and Biography
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20040831
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
304

Related Subjects

Biography » General
Biography » Literary
Biography » Women
Health and Self-Help » Child Care and Parenting » Adoption and Foster Care
Health and Self-Help » Child Care and Parenting » General

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Product details 304 pages Random House Publishing Group - English 9780307484468 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , The author of Fifty Acres and a Poodle continues her story as she deals with her own mother's grave illness, her struggle to understand her mother, and her own journey to motherhood, in a heartwarming account highlighted by a cast of old and new characters. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.
"Synopsis" by , "Her descriptions are strong enough to make even readers unfamiliar with her situation feel moved"

--Publishers Weekly

"For anyone who'd like to chuck it all and move to the country."

--The Washington Post

"Jeanne Marie Laskas is a wonderful writer, smart as they come, and a real joy to read."

--Annie Dillard

"Humorous...This true-life tale charts a big-city girl's transformation to farm gal."

--People

"Jeanne Marie Laskas is a formidable reporter and one damn fine writer."

--Esquire

"A winning journey of the heart and psyche...There are laughs aplenty."

--The Philadelphia Weekly

From the Hardcover edition.

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