Good Grief: Life in a Tiny Vermont Village

Good Grief: Life in a Tiny Vermont Village

by Ellen Stimson


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Good Grief: Life in a Tiny Vermont Village by Ellen Stimson

An Endless Vacation Becomes a Way of Life!
One vacation changed everything. Ellen Stimson and her husband had such a wonderful time in Vermont that they wondered what living there would really be like. “What if we stayed here . . . forever?” So began the series of adventures and misadventures of Ellen Stimson’s hilarious first book, Mud Season. Now, having settled the family in Vermont’s rich muddy soil, they are faced with new challenges of raising kids in the paradise of this very small, very rural town. Good Grief tells the tales of the hopes and dreams of parents just trying to do their best—and not always succeeding. Imagine being the mom of the kid who peed on his teacher’s chair . . . On. Purpose. Now imagine the governor asking you about it! Good Grief is all about the inevitable moment right after somebody says, “What next?” Ellen Stimson’s irrepressible optimism and good humor prevail as she, her two husbands, their three kids, and various much-loved pets face down real life, and even death and grieving, with good humor intact. This is life in a state where everyone knows everything, and everything is everybody’s else's business.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781581572551
Publisher: Countryman Press, The
Publication date: 10/06/2014
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 838,457
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Ellen Stimson is blessed with a wild pack of children; not-so-wild but completely adorable husband; and a very civilized group of chickens,
dogs, and cats. Lately she's decided that she really wants a pig. She writes about the whole catastrophe from an old farmhouse in Vermont.

Table of Contents

Prologue 8

Chapter 1 At the Table 11

The Table 33

Chapter 2 Naked 35

By the Back Door 59

Chapter 3 Real Vermonters 61

Back at the Table 83

Chapter 4 The Pond 85

Making Home 110

Chapter 5 Imperfect 112

Scraps 142

Chapter 6 Steve 144

No Words 157

Chapter 7 Pants Matter 158

Steve's Table 169

Chapter 8 Fur Comfort 170

Underneath 186

Chapter 9 Bad Juju 188

Making Room 213

Chapter 10 Still Alive 215

The Counter 228

Chapter 11 Good Grief 230

Bedside 235

Epilogue 236

Acknowledgments 239

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Good Grief: Life in a Tiny Vermont Village 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
az1cowgirl More than 1 year ago
I was asked to read an advanced copy of "Good Grief" by the publisher. Having read Ellen Stimson's first book, "Mud Season" and having loved it, I was anxious to see where Ellen's adventures was going to take me next. I was not at all disappointed. I loved this book. I had so many laugh out loud moments that I found myself explaining to others what was so great about the passage I had just read. I loved her side notes which always cracked me up, especially when dealing with her husband. I loved the detailed description of how certain pieces of furniture are so interwoven into her life, something that most people take for granted. But it wasn't only a laugh-fest. There were moments that were tender, heart wrenching, and so real that I found myself tearing up right along side this family. Faced with unconventional situations, this family handled those events with charm and grace, a few tears and plenty of laughter. Thrown into the mix is all the rich description of life in Vermont which makes me want to pull up stakes and head East myself. I hope you enjoy this amazing book as much as I did.