Synopses & Reviews
The United States of America is a vast, ever changing mixture of people, places, and events. Americans readily identify with their nation, as well as their region, state, town, and neighborhood. The tighter the focus, the quirkier the characteristics--although common themes of community, commerce, and commitment abound.
In this wonderfully written book, author Helen Husher examines everyday life in Vermont, a state celebrated for its individuality and ingenuity. With deep appreciation and understated humor, she explores "the erratic heartbeat that propels the Vermont temperament," as the lifeblood of its people flows between its dual chambers of individuality and community.
This collection of essays reflects on everyday encounters in the Green Mountain State, from the thrall of the tractor to the presence of an Egyptian mummy.
For author's previous book, Off the Leash: Subversive Journeys Around Vermont
(Countryman Press, 1999)
From Library Journal:
It is a very personal account of Vermont and will attract visitors to and residents of Vermont who have time to read before seeking adventure. Buy for public libraries. Library Journal
Husher is not your usual travel writer. Instead, she looks beyond typical tourist attractions and sees interest in all sorts of off-the-beaten-path places.
From Kirkus Reviews:
A satisfying book of travel throughout the Green Mountain State, mixing guidebook and essay. . . . Husher's entertaining, well-written book is likely to inspire more than one vacation to retrace her steps, and armchair travelers will enjoy it as well.
Great, great stuff--playful, intelligent, provocative, funny, informative, fill in the blank with your favorite rave.
"Endlessly, joyously inventive, Helen Husher writes with ferocity, grace, and wit about unknown and unappreciated corners of Vermont. Off the Leash is a perfect gift for the intellectually adventurous traveler, or for the connoisseur of fine writing who never leaves the house."
--Tim Clark, Yankee magazine
A collection of terrifically written essays reflecting on everyday encounters in the Green Mountain State, from the thrall of the tractor to the presence of an Egyptian mummy.
In A View from Vermont,
author Helen Husher examines everyday life in a place noted for its individuality and ingenuity - her home state of Vermont. With deep affection and understated humor, she explores her ongoing obsession: "the erratic heartbeat that propels the Vermont temperament." In this collection of engaging essays, Husher also reflects on issues common across America - the tensions between individual and community, natives and "people from away," tradition and change as seen through the lens of the Green Mountain State. Reaching beyond the cultural shorthand of tractors and plywood cows, she plumbs the complexities and comic depths of her fellow Vermonters. By celebrating her regional culture and its values, Husher sheds new light on this exceptional gift of we call "everyday life."
About the Author
's stories and articles have appeared throughout New England. Kirkus Reviews
praised her previous book, Off the Leash: Subversive Journeys Around Vermont,
as "entertaining, well-written . . . [and] likely to inspire more than one vacationer to retrace her steps." She lives in Montpelier, Vermont.
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
(1) Introduction (2) Cold Hard Cider (3) Time to a Pig (4) In the Beginning (5) The Sounds of Winter (6) The Edge of the Clearing (7) Crime and Punishment
(8) How to Dress Like a Vermonter (9) The Art Capital of the World (10) The Day After Mud Season (11) The News from Frog City (12) Bullwinkle and the Bucky Agenda (13) The Care and Feeding of John Deere (14) The Long Farewell (15) It Seems Only Fair: A Note on the Index