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Moving In: Tales of an Unlicensed Marriage Paperback – March 22, 2013
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Bruce Littlefield has written books on a spectrum of American topics from garage sales to Airstreams to Christmas and has co-authored with many high-profile names including Shark Tank’s Barbara Corcoran, Fox News’s Lis Wiehl, and civil rights advocate Zach Wahls. He appears on the Today Show, The View, and the Early Show as a lifestyle expert. The New York Times calls him a “lifestyle authority.” We all know that’s just shorthand for a know-it-all housewife. He divides his time between New York City and Edgewater Farm, a former bungalow colony in the Catskills.
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Laughing All The Way: Bruce Littlefield publishes memoir of freshman-year adventures in Ulster County
By Anne Pyburn Craig
Two lads who've dwelt in The City all their adult lives fall in love at first sight with a farmhouse on the Esopus Creek and jump into Marbletown with all four feet (well, eight, if you count their fur kid Jasper, which you must.) What could possibly go hilariously wrong?
If you're Bruce Littlefield, best-selling author and Guru of American Fun, nearly everything. His baptism by fire, flood, mouse poop and poison ivy into the (ideally) gentle art of weekending is lovingly chronicled in Moving In: Tales of an Unlicensed Marriage, coming our way April 2. It's a romping good tale that will be savored by fellow Rondout Valley immigrants, city folk who ponder taking the plunge, and lifetime country folk alike.
Disclosure: I may have been a bit predisposed to enjoy Littlefield's opus, given that the Bluestone Press itself is introduced as a character early on. One of the first connections the future fun maven made in the country, after all, was by answering a Writer Wanted ad in this very publication, which led to the creation of an enormously popular column- and swiftly got him (as most things do) into hot water.
But don't let that stop you from taking my recommendation here. Littlefield has an eye for detail, an engaging voice, and a witty way with an anecdote that has propelled him onward to bigger (I won't say better; there is no better) things, and he deploys these lavishly and lovingly throughout. He plunges into Ulster County life with both feet, a diva's devotion to Doing It Right, and a laudable willingness to find treasures and make friends wherever they may be found.
Littlefield's husband Scott Stewart, a tad more reserved, is the engaging straight-man foil here, counseling prudence at every turn, often over-ruled but never underrated. From the opening scene where the two caravan up the Henry Hudson Parkway- Littlefield, of course, driving a massive U-Haul that is illegal on the Henry Hudson Parkway- the sparks fly, illuminating the experience of love and commitment with a light touch. Theirs, we learn immediately, was a love at first sight.
But it's their commitment to Edgewater Farm and to living to the fullest that incites most of the charming disasters. Strangers in a strange land, they traverse through home renovations and interior decorating (the pink paint is unforgettable), antiquing in High Falls (including buying an object without actually knowing what it is), negotiating with tradespersons both wonderful and horrific, and advanced courses like yard sale cruising (in which Littlefield has acquired laudable expertise) and cutting their own Christmas tree with drama and aplomb, respectively.
Anyone who lives around here knows that, while traffic noise and congestion may not be a feature of the pastoral landscape, adventures and misadventures certainly are- even if you never leave your doorstep. Indeed, toward the end of their eventful year, they experience a Genuine Upstate True Crime Tale in their own yard, as their rest is disturbed by the manhunt for the Fugitive of Lomontville- who later gets invited in for a beer and a heart-to-heart chat.
Littlefield plays it all for laughs, but without the irritating edge of condescension that infects some moving-to-the-country epics- he's laughing mainly at his own foibles, never skewers the undeserving, and lets his love and respect for his new neighbors ring loud and clear. The result is good natured and hard to put down, and adds in subtle, always lighthearted ways to our understanding of one another- and of the ways in which love can conquer all.
Moving In will be available on April 2 at select local retail establishments, currently including Lounge in High Falls and Spruce in Rhinebeck. Or get your copy on line at Amazon or at Littlefield's own website, [...]
"If you've ever been in a relationship, ours probably seems very familiar. Yes we may be a gay couple, but our life really isn't that different. Our lawn still needs to be cut, just like yours. Our dog barks, eats and poops just like yours. And our washing machine breaks the week after the warranty expires, just like yours. In fact, except for the prejudices we face (and that we can both use the same publc bathroom), a "gay" relationship isn't really all that different than a "straight" relationship. Why? As any heart will tell you: love is love is love." (p. 232)
and as far is this reader is concerned it doesn't get any better than that.