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An endless New England vacation becomes a way of life for one woman and her family
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 bestand 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.
|Publisher:||Countryman Press, The|
|Product dimensions:||5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.50(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
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
Chapter 6 Steve 144
No Words 157
Chapter 7 Pants Matter 158
Steve's Table 169
Chapter 8 Fur Comfort 170
Chapter 9 Bad Juju 188
Making Room 213
Chapter 10 Still Alive 215
The Counter 228
Chapter 11 Good Grief 230
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.