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  • Posted January 16, 2011

    A Great Dose of The Finger Lakes

    I should preface this review by saying that I went to Camp with the author's husband. When he sent my an advanced copy of the book I was mildly horrified, because now I knew I would have to a) read it, and b) God forbid -- give him feedback! Well, I was pleasantly surprised. Cynthia "Cyn" Kolko paints a compelling portrait of life in the Finger Lakes -- a largely overlooked region of the country, and one of sublime beauty. Reading the book in New Jersey, I was quickly transported to the rolling hills, carved out lakes, and rustic vineyards of Western NY. But better yet -- I was air-dropped into the world of a family of winemakers and the trials and tribulations of their lives. If you've ever driven down a lost highway or peered at a tiny town on the side of the road, and wondered "I wonder what goes on there??" or "I wonder what my life would be like there...??" -- then this book is for you. With a knack for simile and depiction, Kolko places you amidst the corn fields and grape presses of rural USA and allows you to spend a winter (and spring) living the life you've only imagined. I found myself constantly drawn back to the book and looking forward to those windows of opportunity where I could again leave the Garden State in favor of the farm. If you're reading stack is waning and you're looking for a quirky (and seductive) hay ride into small town America -- then pick this fruit and dive in. You won't be disappointed.

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