Country Matters The Pleasures and Tribulations of Moving from a Big City to an Old Country Farmhouse

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ISBN-13: 9780060957483

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Description: With his inimitable sense of humor and storytelling talent, New York Times bestselling author Michael Korda brings us this charming, hilarious, self-deprecating memoir of a city couple's new life in the country. At once entertaining, canny, and moving, Country Matters does for Dutchess County, New York, what Under the Tuscan Sun did for Tuscany. This witty memoir, replete with Korda's own line drawings, reads like a novel, as it chronicles the author's transformation from city slicker to full-time country gentleman, complete with tractors, horses, and a leaking roof. When he decides to take up residence in an eighteenth-century farmhouse in Dutchess County, ninety miles north of New York City, Korda discovers what country life is really like: Owning pigs, more than owning horses, even more than owning the actual house, firmly anchored the Kordas as residents in the eyes of their Pleasant Valley neighbors. You may own your land, but without concertina barbed wire, or the 82nd Airborne on patrol, it's impossible to keep people off it! It's possible to line up major household repairs over a tuna melt sandwich. And everyone in the area is fully aware that Michael "don't know shit about septics." The locals are not particularly quick to accept these outsiders, and the couple's earliest interactions with their new neighbors provide constant entertainment, particularly when the Kordas discover that hunting season is a year-round event -- right on their own land! From their closest neighbors, mostly dairy farmers, to their unforgettable caretaker Harold Roe -- whose motto regarding the local flora is "Whack it all back! " -- the residents of Pleasant Valley eventually come to realize that the Kordas are more than mere weekenders. Sure to have readers in stitches, this is a book that has universal appeal for all who have ever dreamed of owning that perfect little place to escape to up in the country, or, more boldly, have done it.

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List price: $15.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 5/14/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.31" wide x 8.00" long x 0.72" tall
Weight: 0.616
Language: English

Michael Korda was born on October 8, 1933 in London, England. He was educated at Le Rosey in Switzerland and at Magdalen College, Oxford. While serving in the Royal Air Force, he took part in the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. On its fiftieth anniversary, he was awarded the Order of Merit of the People's Republic of Hungary. He is the former editor in chief of Simon & Schuster. He is also the author of numerous books including Hero: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia, With Wings Like Eagles: A History of the Battle of Britain, Clouds of Glory: The Life and Legend of Robert E. Lee, and Cat People, co-authored with his wife Margaret.

The Six "Golden Rules" of Owning an Old House
"He Don't Know Shit About Septics"
Asleep at the Switch
"Whack It All Back!"
A Man's Home Is His Castle
A Barn of One's Own
"Them's Nice Pigs, Them Pigs"
Lunch at Cady's
Just Plain Folks
Good Fences Make Good Neighbors
Bats in the Belfry
Where Every Prospect Pleases, and Only Man Is Vile
One Left-handed Clevis, Please
Nature Green of Tooth and Claw
Manure
The Wrong Deer
The White Stuff
Viva Zapata!
The Acropolis
"Do You Know Egg?"
A Nice Cup of Tea
"Make That a Dozen Barbarian Kremes"
The Sporting Instinct
Free Kittens!
"Change and Decay ..."
No Place Like Home
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