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Waltzing with Bracey: A Long Reach Home
     

Waltzing with Bracey: A Long Reach Home

by Brenda Gilchrist
 
Were you to cross George Howe Colt’s recent classic, The Big House: A Century in the Life of an American Summer Home, with John Grogan’s beloved Marley & Me, you might end up with what Brenda Gilchrist has created in Waltzing With Bracey: A Long Reach Home.

In this brave and thoughtful memoir, Gilchrist tells the story of learning to claim her

Overview

Were you to cross George Howe Colt’s recent classic, The Big House: A Century in the Life of an American Summer Home, with John Grogan’s beloved Marley & Me, you might end up with what Brenda Gilchrist has created in Waltzing With Bracey: A Long Reach Home.

In this brave and thoughtful memoir, Gilchrist tells the story of learning to claim her place in the world—Deer Isle, Maine—and the wonderfully bossy little corgi, Bracey, who helps her to do so. After a girlhood spent abroad in various world capitals, Gilchrist has never felt entirely at home anywhere, or indeed, particularly confident about who she is. Her family’s Deer Isle summer cottage might qualify as an anchor of sorts. But there are so many ghosts up there—so many august forebears to live up to.
As a middle-aged New Yorker she confronts her Aunt Eleanor’s bequest of the Deer Isle property. Moving to Maine full-time with her corgi puppy in tow, she sets out to claim not just this big, rambling, shingle-style pile of a house but also her own life. Bracey is vital to this process, serving as companion and example. There is a great deal to learn from this energetic little alpha, who seems never to have known a self-doubt in his brief, well-furred life.

Here is a love letter to the glories of the Maine Coast and to the human/animal bonds that can so enrich a life.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780872331525
Publisher:
Bauhan Publishing
Publication date:
07/16/2012
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.80(d)

What People are Saying About This

Enid Shomer
Brenda Gilchrist's writing is spectacular as lucent and fresh as a summer morning down east, with passages so splendid that I read them over and over. In an era when many memoirs ooze with graphic gore, Gilchrist's silken prose accommodates both the Edwardian grace of her eminent forbears as well as the self-defeating ancestor worship and grandiosity that have brought many of her kin to their knees. As for Bracey, not since Lad, A Dog, have I encountered a canine on the page that is so alive and endearing and even noble.
Stuart Kestenbaum
Brenda Gilchrist has written a moving and eloquent memoir that takes us on a journey through her life, leading her back to Maine to a place that is both ancestral and new at the same time. Along the way, we also get to know her beloved dog Bracey, who is just the kind of four-legged friend we would all wish for. Together they are a wonderful pair a great storyteller and an attentive listener. This is a book about finding home how it s not only a place, but a dynamic and complex combination of history, community, and love.
Susan Hand Shetterly
This book is smart, funny, and brave. Beautifully written, it takes us places, introduces us to people and their stories, and teaches us something about self-acceptance, love, and finding home. It is a book with a big heart and a lovely wit.

Meet the Author

BRENDA GILCHRIST worked at various jobs in the New York art and magazine worlds, including the Brussels World's Fair (New York and Brussels), Museum of Modern Art, and SHOW Magazine, before she became Senior Editor in charge of the Art Books Division at Praeger Publishers. She was also General Editor of The Smithsonian Illustrated Library of Antiques series, published by the Cooper-Hewitt Museum in cooperation with the Book-of-the-Month Club. Since moving to Maine in 1990, she has written, illustrated, and designed books published by Braceypoint Press.

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