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It Takes a Village Idiot: A Memoir of Life After the City

It Takes a Village Idiot: A Memoir of Life After the City

by Jim Mullen


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Finalist for the 2001 Thurber Prize for American Humor a Rocky Mountain News (Denver) Best Book of the Year
Millions of people dream of abandoning the city routine for a simple country life. Jim Mullen was not one of them. He loved his Manhattan existence: parties, openings, movie screenings. He could walk to hundreds of restaurants, waste entire afternoons at the Film Forum, people-watch from his window. Then, one day, calamity.
His wife quits smoking and buys a weekend house in the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York — in a tiny town diametrically opposed to Manhattan in every way. Slowly, however, the man who once boasted, "Life is just a cab away," begins to warm to the place — manure and compost and strangers who wave and all — and to embrace the kind of life that once gave him the shakes.

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ISBN-13: 9780743218795
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 07/16/2002
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.44(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Jim Mullen writes the "Hot Sheet" column for Entertainment Weekly and has also written for The New York Times, New York magazine, and The Village Voice.

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