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

Tina Traster
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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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

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  • 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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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #921,774 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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 A Little Bit Country September 20, 2010
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Whether she's raising chickens or raising hell, Tina brings to life suburbia's disconnected denizens. The cast includes corrupt contractors, surly neighbors, and clueless bureaucrats. Even the town she lives in and the land she inhabits come to life as characters in an intricate web of personal adjustment and growth. Tina believes she is a city girl, but she finds peace and happiness in the suburbs -- not the "urban" suburbs around New York, but on a quiet, meandering mountain road 40 minutes from Manhattan.

This is the kind of book makes you sad when it ends because you want to keep reading. Fortunately, Tina's life continues in the pages of the New York Post, most Thursdays. Read all about it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fish-out-of-water is my kind of meal. September 16, 2010
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For the last few years, I've been keeping up with Tina Traster's New York Post column, Burb Appeal, and loving it. Each essay grasps that illusive something that makes us fish-out-of-water people tick. Unlike Ms. Traster, I haven't completely given up the Big City, but her country trials and travails, written with humor and snarky grace, mirror my own at my summer cabin. Whether it's dealing with the too friendly (or unfriendly) neighbor next door or the county officials or the wildlife, anyone who has spent time away from the megalopolis will identify with her book. I'm so glad she got her columns collected together. Now I don't have to postpone my pleasures. I can read them and dream of summer days in the country (minus the hassles).
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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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More About the Author

For twenty-five years, I wrote stories about other people and their lives. After I left my beloved city life in Manhattan and moved to a Hudson River town, my most interesting subject became me. Thus Burb Appeal - a little column about a hard-core urbanite embracing/navigating suburban life - was born in The New York Post. For five years, that column and other essays about my life have been my bread and butter. Burb Appeal, the collection, pulls this work together in one book.

My work has appeared in newspapers, magazines, literary journals, on NPR, The Huffington Post, House Magazine, Mamazina, The Nervous Breakdown, the Mom Egg and more. An essay about bonding with my adopted daughter is anthologized in two collections: Living Lessons from Whispering Angel Books and Mammas and Pappas from City Works Press.

When I'm not taking my temperature to see if a "column or essay" is coming on I can be found hiking, swimming, gardening, feeding my chickens or snapping photos.


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