Americashire: A Field Guide to a Marriage

Americashire: A Field Guide to a Marriage

by Jennifer Richardson

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Americashire: A Field Guide to a Marriage by Jennifer Richardson

When an American woman and her British husband decide to buy a two-hundred-year-old cottage in the heart of the Cotswolds, they're hoping for an escape from their London lives. Instead, their decision about whether or not to have a child plays out against a backdrop of village fêtes, rural rambles, and a cast of eccentrics clad in corduroy and tweed.  

Americashire: A Field Guide to a Marriage  begins with the simultaneous purchase of a Cotswold cottage and Richardson's ill-advised decision to tell her grandchild-hungry parents that she is going to try to have a baby. As she transitions from urban to rural life, she is forced to confront both her ambivalence about the idea of motherhood and the reality of living with a spouse who sees the world as a glass half-full. Part memoir, part travelogue - and including field guides to narrative-related Cotswold walks -  Americashire  is a candid, humorous tale of marriage, illness, and big life decisions.
 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781938314308
Publisher: She Writes Press
Publication date: 04/23/2013
Pages: 158
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Jennifer Richardson is an American Anglophile who spent three years living in a Cotswold village populated by fumbling aristocrats, gentlemen farmers, and a village idiot. She is married to an Englishman who provides her with ample writing material. She currently resides in Santa Monica, California with her husband and her royal wedding tea towel collection. You can find her on Twitter @baronessbarren.

Table of Contents

Contents

Part One: Weekender

Pink Foil Strips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

A House with a Name . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

Fairs and F.tes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

Irish Nachos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

The £400 Fruitcake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

Field Guide Number One . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

Rural Retail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

Horse Play . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37

The Strange Customs of the English at Play . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41

Field Guide Number Two . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51

New Town . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55

The Mistress . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59

The Cotswold Cult . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63

Autumn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69

Gluttony in Gloucestershire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75

Checkpoint Charlie with Palm Trees . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83

Part Two: In Residence

New Job, New Nemesis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91

Communion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95

Field Guide Number Three . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99

Cockaleekie, Neeps, and Tatties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103

Sunday Lunch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107

Citizen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111

The Ball . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117

Big Head . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121

The Grand National . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125

Les Ions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129

This Little Piggy Went to Market . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135

The Game Fair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141

The Not-So-Simple Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145

Field Guide Number Four . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 149

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