Live Free and Eat Pie!: A Storyteller's Guide to New Hampshire


Anyone who hopes to visit or has visited New Hampshire, and, heck, even anyone who lives there, will delight in this hilarious guide to the Granite State. Popular New Hampshire storyteller Rebecca Rule provides her interpretation of the state's history, culture, climate, attractions, vernacular, and more.
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Live Free and Eat Pie: A Storyteller's Guide to New Hampshire

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Anyone who hopes to visit or has visited New Hampshire, and, heck, even anyone who lives there, will delight in this hilarious guide to the Granite State. Popular New Hampshire storyteller Rebecca Rule provides her interpretation of the state's history, culture, climate, attractions, vernacular, and more.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934031179
  • Publisher: Islandport Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/1/2008
  • Pages: 183
  • Sales rank: 817,300
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Rebecca Rule has lived in New Hampshire all her life (so far). She is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire and taught writing classes there for a number of years. She is the author of Headin' for the Rhubarb! A New Hampshire Dictionary (Well, Kinda), and three short story collections about New Hampshire, including The Best Revenge, named Outstanding Work of Fiction by the New Hampshire Writer's Project. She regularly writes a blog, which can be found at She is best known for her live storytelling events, many sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities Council.
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Along the New Hampshire Border: As you drive into New Hampshire from the north, you'll see that the Welcome to New Hampshire signs acknowledge our Canadian neighbors: "Welcome to New Hampshire. Bienvenue." That means "eat your vegetables" in French. At the rock bottom of the state, we border Massachusetts, but we try not to think about it. The signs at that border, near the state-run liquor stores within spitting distance of the highway, say: "Welcome to New Hampshire. Now go home. But first stock up on Jim Beam." Which is our warm way of saying: "You people drive way too fast and never yield. You frighten us. But we appreciate your business.

Stickler: Pronounced stick-lah. A stick-lah won't give. A sticklah sticks to the exact rules. A sticklah can make your life miserable, for example, if you want to dump your dump at the dump, and your dumpsticker is expired. If the dumpmaster is a sticklah, he'll turn you away and grin while he's doing it. In these small towns we have a high percentage of sticklahs stickling it to their neighbors. Why? Because they can. And for some reason, they seem to think they should.
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  • Posted April 18, 2009

    What this country needs!

    Rebecca Rule has captured the interest of more than New Hampshirites! She says it like it is, with twists and turns of humor like no other. It's time for people to get some relief in this very stressful world. Tired of reading the newspaper headlines, hearing depressing news on TV, then pick up this book and laugh till you cry. So true, yet funny! If you don't laugh with every turn of the page or at least chuckle, then you have waited much to long to lighten up people. It doesn't make politicians smarter, look better or go away but it sure does make you forget while you are reading this book!'s a vacation in itself and less expensive than any trip you might take! To know New Hampshire with all it has to offer and it's residents, native or not is to love NH.

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