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A Place in the Country

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A Place in the Country

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Laura Shaine
publisher:
Riverhead
genre:
Nonfiction

We gave it an A-

A Place in the Country, Laura Shaine Cunningham’s second memoir (after Sleeping Arrangements), is a wry, funny account of her lifelong case of country-house fever (contracted as a child sharing a three-room Bronx apartment with six other people). The most engaging sections describe the 20-room colonial she found after a dispiriting 10-year house hunt. Unsuccessfully aiming to ease reader envy (the idyllic inn is nestled at the foot of New York’s Shawangunk Mountains, on a British-style estate designed by Frederick Law Olmsted), Cunningham drolly details her ”lifestyle of medieval inconvenience”: cows on the front lawn, obnoxious goats that fail to deliver chevre, local wildlife that regard kitchen gardens as their outdoor Shop-Rites. This addition to the dream-home genre (A Year in Provence, Under the Tuscan Sun) is a breath of fresh air. A-