The Road Home

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Random House Publishing Group, Jun 8, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 179 pages
When author Eliza Thomas realizes suddenly, in her forties, that she has forgotten to make a life or a home, she thinks it's time to find an alternative to her leaky, drafty apartment in Boston. After a few trips to the country, she finds an old Boy Scout cabin in a small valley in Vermont. At first Thomas's one-room cabin doesn't seem like a place where she could live year-round - even with the cabinets and bunk beds that the previous owners added. It's just somewhere to go on the weekends for some peace and quiet. But with Yankee ingenuity and a good sense of humor, Thomas sets about turning this tiny, eccentric structure into something closer to home. She clears the land, builds two additions - the first to accommodate her grand piano and bed, the second to make room for her newly adopted Chinese daughter, Amelia - and she plants a garden. In the midst of all the construction, the mice, and the unexpected disasters, Thomas explores neighboring woods and farmland, rescues a puppy named Freddy, and with much imagination and a few stops at local yard sales, makes her quirky place livable.

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Knowing that she ``badly needed a change'' after years of odd jobs and lousy apartments, Thomas purchased an old Boy Scout cabin on four acres in rural Vermont. She wanted ``privacy but not seclusion ... Read full review

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Eliza Thomas has reached the age where she is supposed to be settled and she is not. And she is not happy. Thomas sets out to amend her life, and gradually acquires a home, a boyfriend, and a child. Read full review


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