The Birdhouse Chronicles: Surviving the Joys of Country Life

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Globe Pequot, Oct 1, 2004 - House & Home - 258 pages
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In The Birdhouse Chronicles, internationally best-selling author Cathleen Miller offers a funny and wise account of how she and her husband, Kerby, abandoned their San Francisco advertising careers to make a radical new life for themselves in a one-hundred-year-old Pennsylvania farmhouse located in the middle of an Amish cornpatch. Part memoir, part nature writing, and part old-house-restoration journal, this wonderfully humorous narrative brings home all the humor, exhilaration, and disappointment of pursuing a "simpler" life in the country.
In her sassy, self-deprecating style, Cathleen Miller puts a fresh, authentic spin on the classic country memoir and surprises us with many unique twists. Sometimes wry, and sometimes full of awe, her observations about her neighbors and other locals infuse this true story with rich texture. Through it all we witness the blow-by-blow process as she and her husband refurbish their woefully dilapidated country house.
 

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Contents

Entering Zion
1
The Funeral
15
Building a Fire
29
Home for the Holidays
43
The Valentine Room
63
Discovering Summer
79
Luddites
103
Winter of the Century
123
Cant Take the Country Out of the Girl
139
Rabbits
157
The Locals
179
Harvest
205
Birds and the Nesting Instinct
229
Spring Again
251
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CATHLEEN MILLER'S essays and articles have appeared in The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Times-Picayune, Denver Post, Cimarron Review, and Old House Journal, and in two anthologies, Wild Writing Women: Stories of World Travel and Travelers' Tales San Francisco. Her previous book, Desert Flower, written with coauthor Waris Dirie, has been published in sixteen countries.

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