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Burb Appeal: A Collection of Humorous Essays [Kindle Edition]

Tina Traster
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Book Description

Burb Appeal is a humorous collection of essays based on Tina Traster's newspaper columns about moving from the city to the suburbs. In these brief stories, Traster uses keen detail, humor and pathos to tell how she has embraced and navigated life in a rural suburb north of Manhattan. In these stories we meet nutty neighbors, bumbling town officials, new friends, a plethora of domestic and wild animals, and of course, her family.

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About the Author

Tina Traster is a New York Post columnist, Huffington Post blogger and essaying. Her work has appeared in magazines, newspapers, literary journals, online literary sites and on NPR. Traster lives with her husband, daughter, five cats, and six chickens in an old farmhouse in New York's Hudson Valley

Product Details

  • File Size: 110 KB
  • Print Length: 176 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1456310844
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Tina Traster (September 8, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0042G0SZA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,231,578 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars city mouse goes country, crazy ... then completely gaga September 15, 2010
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Ever had the urge to flee the hustle and bustle of the urban jungle, only to find yourself landing -- like a wayward alien -- in some random farmer's backyard? If so, then this book is absolutely for you. Penned by award-wining Bergen Record & New York Post journalist Tina Traster, "Burb Appeal" is the tale of writer, wife and mother whose life is turned topsy-turvy after she chooses to cast off all the familiar lines she had once tied to the "City That Never Sleeps" and ride blindly into one of the most rural towns in northern New York, where she finds herself (at first) goofily out-of-step with the quaint (and sometimes confusing) scenery. Armchair cynics living a solitary country life need not be wary, either - "Burb Appeal" is not some citified take on the sort of wide-eyed and idealistic living once so common to our countrymen. It is neither a complaint nor an edict, nor a rallying cry against the sort of lush, materialistic life most commonly sought by the well-heeled denizens of any modern metropolis. It is, instead, a refreshingly good-hearted take on what happens when someone more accustomed to the conveniences of city living chooses a grassroots existence without looking back. And while life, at times, goes upside down for our narrator -- Traster's humorous anecdotes about dealing with zoning officials and the local wildlife are a hoot unto themselves -- many readers will likely find themselves identifying with the ordeals, if only so they can experience the pleasure of seeing them brought to a conclusion (and often with rewarding, if not always satisfactory, results). So if you're a city mouse who has ever willingly decided to go country -- and then openly ponder what kinda wild cats you'll encounter in the tall grass -- then do yourself a favor: dive into this hilarious and heartfelt tome. Only $3 upon download to either PC or Kindle, and worth every penny.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh Take on Suburban Life September 15, 2010
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I love these essays. Tina Traster has a true talent for storytelling and she writes about suburbia with incredible insight and humor, offering a fresh take on this fascinating and universal topic. This is a real over-the-fence look into one family's adventures and mishaps in a quaint Hudson River town. A really fun read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The burbs were never more appealing September 14, 2010
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Tina Traster tells, in hysterical detail, about her move from city girl to suburban mom, kicking and screaming all the way. Love her take on neighbors, animals, and how we can reinvent ourselves but not our psyches. Hats & Eyeglasses: A Memoir
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Original Voice September 30, 2010
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So glad Tina has finally collected her NY Post columns in one place. Her thoughtfully crafted essays are smart, entertaining, occasionally snarky, and always insightful. Brava! -LC
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5.0 out of 5 stars Both Hilarious and Insightful October 4, 2010
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Tina Traster's perspective on life in the rural suburbs is both hilarious and insightful. Whether she's fighting town hall or teaching her daughter to raise chickens, Traster brings her city spirit to suburbia, and these essays are both a highly enjoyable user's guide for those who have left the city or are thinking about making the same transition.

One of the terrific things about these essays is that Traster doesn't present an idealized version of suburban bliss or a romanticized recollection of Manhattan life. Leaving behind the inconveniences of city living, Traster discovered that life in the burbs had its own travails with sometimes stubborn local bureaucrats, McMansion-loving neighbors and the seemingly endless snowstorms that require frequent plowing. But she also discovers the joys of a serene new life, far from the daily affronts of city living.

Traster doesn't so much shed her city skin, but rather adapts to a new one. She hasn't morphed into an unabashed lover of suburbia, she sees the beauty and the flaws. She's a writer whose sharp wit, controlled frustration and more than occasional joyfulness, gives an original perspective on a remarkable city to suburb transformation.
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More About the Author

Tina Traster is an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in scores of newspapers, magazines, and literary journals including the New York Times, New York Post, Time Out New York, the Daily Beast, Huffington Post, Family Circle, Parade, Audubon, and many more.


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