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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (345 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Chris Bohjalian Narrator: Chris Bohjalian Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2003 ISBN: 9780739309155
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In March 1986, while living in Brooklyn, Chris Bohjalian and his wife were cab-napped on a Saturday night and taken on a forty-five-minute joy ride in which the driver ignored all traffic lights and stop signs. Around midnight he deposited the young couple on a near-deserted street, where police officers were about to storm a crack house. Bohjalian and his wife were told to hit the ground for their own protection. While lying on the pavement, Bohjalian's wife suggested that perhaps it was time to move to New England.

Months later they traded in their co-op in Brooklyn for a century-old Victorian house in Lincoln, Vermont (population 975), and Bohjalian began chronicling life in that town in a wide variety of magazine essays and in his newspaper column, "Idyll Banter."

These pieces, written weekly for twelve years and collected here for the first time, serve as a diary of both this writer's life and how America has been transformed in the last decade. Rich with idiosyncratic universals that come with being a parent, a child, and a spouse, Chris Bohjalian's personal observations are a reflection of our own common experience. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Chris Bohjalian is a terrific columnist—thoughtful and thought-provoking. Just like me! No, really, this guy is good. Dave Barry
  • [Bohjalian] is writing about one of the most important issues in America today—how do we retain our sense of community. . . . Gentle . . . sensitive . . .heart-warming. Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel
  • These essays carry a community connection and a humble grace. When words read this easily, you know they also carry a lot of work. Bohjalian is a reliable guide, moving from pastures to town steeple to the edge of the playground. Boston Globe
  • Whether you’re aching to escape the urban grind or yearning to have your small-town experience reflected back at you, you’ll do well to pick up Idyll Banter. Elle

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie | 2/20/2014

    " I loved this book. It helps that I like reading newspaper columns, and that my parents and sister own homes and land in Lincoln, VT - so I know that the stories are true to life. I even knew a few people in the book. But even if you have never been to Lincoln it is a view of life in a small town - a life we should all aspire to. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 2/15/2014

    " Enchanting glimpse into the magic of small-town life:) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie Brandano Cusick | 2/14/2014

    " Liked this so much more than the last two novels of his that I read. Reminds me of living in Northern New England, and the people I love and the land I treasure. It's a bunch of short articles, so the book stayed in the car and I read it as I waited around for people. Easy to put down, but just as easy to pick up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martha | 2/13/2014

    " amusing....not good enough to keep to read again though, when there is so much else out there to read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carrie | 2/7/2014

    " cute, you get the feel and idea of chris bohjalin's life in a small town in vermont, lincoln to be exact...short newspaper articles he published. feel good little stories-fun read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tina | 2/1/2014

    " A compilation of newspaper style antedotes written by the author of Midwives and a number of other good books I have read. Stories are about his life in VT. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggie | 1/21/2014

    " A quick read. These are articles (with the exceptions of one fiction short story at the end) Bohjalian wrote about his very small town in Vermont. Very well written, interesting, and frequently amusing. It was nice to learn a little about his private life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dmacken2 | 1/14/2014

    " Loved it! Anyone who has spent a lot of time in a small, rural town or wishes they lived in one will like this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 11/28/2013

    " I really liked this book. It's essays written by the author that were published in newspapers, magazines, etc. And the whole "slice of life" style of writing and stories he told just made me happy !! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff | 11/10/2013

    " An edited collection from his long running weekly column in the Burlington Free Press. Fantastic stories that give the reader a glimpse into life in Vermont. Both funny and poignant! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meg | 11/9/2013

    " What a great read! Wonderful characters and they all are real. Very enjoyable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charles Johnstone | 10/22/2013

    " Chris used to write a weekly column in the Sunday Edition of the Burlington Free Press, the state's largest newspaper. It was a great read, and was the main reason why I read the paper each week. This book is a collection of stories of things that have happened to Chris. It's a great read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 10/11/2013

    " Just a nice read about small town life in Lincoln, VT. The essays here are from a variety of magazine essays written by Bohjalian and from his newspaper column, "Idyll Banter". "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 K Kelley | 9/22/2013

    " I grew up in VT so the book's subject matter was very familiar and enjoyable to me "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 4/12/2013

    " This compilation of articles written weekly for the Burlington Free Press was a perfect vacation read. I cuaght myself smiling at some and tearing up at others and truly apprecitaed his observations and honesty. I plan to check out his column from now on! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah Lavoie | 4/6/2013

    " Good but I didn't finish "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Trissa | 1/7/2013

    " I just can't give this feel good book a chance. I've seen this premise before - spoiled self indulgent writer writes (in this case compiles) a memoir. I'm tired of memoirs, finding a good one was like finding a real artist in the Milli Vanilli era of music. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Courtney | 9/23/2012

    " Made me laugh, made me cry, made me remember why I love being from a small town. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patty | 8/31/2012

    " A great collection of newspaper columns and short stories about life in small town Vermont. I could relate to a number of his observations about New England and how it has changed in the past 20 years or so. Very fun to read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Victoria | 8/17/2012

    " If you like Bohjalian's fiction, you'll probably also enjoy reading his anecdotes about living in Vermont. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 8/2/2012

    " Nice book, some good insight into a favorite author "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kaitron | 7/5/2012

    " short, quick, sunshine and happy hippy VT short stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Ann | 4/30/2012

    " If you live in Vermont--or just wish you did--check this book out. Bohjalian nails it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Joanna | 10/27/2011

    " I didn't realise this was just an account of his life. It was boring. I couldn't finish it "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Donna | 5/15/2011

    " Cute, but not one of his best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dana M. | 4/21/2011

    " I really enjoyed this one. I particularly enjoyed Bohjalian's humor in some of the stories he told. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terry | 4/15/2011

    " I might have thought more highly of this book if I hadn't just read Winesburg, Ohio. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 3/15/2011

    " Listened to this on CD, and it was fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marshawc | 3/8/2011

    " while reading this I smiled, I chuckled, I sighed...
    I wanted to pack my bag and move to Vermont. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dana | 8/9/2010

    " I really enjoyed this one. I particularly enjoyed Bohjalian's humor in some of the stories he told. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 3/16/2010

    " Nice book, some good insight into a favorite author "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 3/1/2010

    " Just a nice read about small town life in Lincoln, VT. The essays here are from a variety of magazine essays written by Bohjalian and from his newspaper column, "Idyll Banter".

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 1/24/2010

    " Enchanting glimpse into the magic of small-town life:) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Trissa | 1/9/2010

    " I just can't give this feel good book a chance. I've seen this premise before - spoiled self indulgent writer writes (in this case compiles) a memoir. I'm tired of memoirs, finding a good one was like finding a real artist in the Milli Vanilli era of music.


    "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meg | 12/30/2009

    " What a great read! Wonderful characters and they all are real. Very enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 12/18/2009

    " I really liked this book. It's essays written by the author that were published in newspapers, magazines, etc. And the whole "slice of life" style of writing and stories he told just made me happy !! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patty | 9/17/2009

    " A great collection of newspaper columns and short stories about life in small town Vermont. I could relate to a number of his observations about New England and how it has changed in the past 20 years or so. Very fun to read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martha | 7/30/2009

    " amusing....not good enough to keep to read again though, when there is so much else out there to read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggie | 7/11/2009

    " A quick read. These are articles (with the exceptions of one fiction short story at the end) Bohjalian wrote about his very small town in Vermont. Very well written, interesting, and frequently amusing. It was nice to learn a little about his private life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alison | 4/2/2009

    " I like these little snippets into VT life, makes me yearn to visit New England.
    He has a lovely writing style, almost feels like fiction, the characters and situations are brimming with vitality. I liked it. "

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About the Author
Author Chris BohjalianChris Bohjalian is the critically acclaimed author of ten novels, including Midwives (a Publishers Weekly Best Book and an Oprah’s Book Club selection) and his most recent New York Times bestseller, Before You Know Kindness. His work has been translated into eighteen languages and published in twenty-one countries. He lives with his wife and daughter in Vermont.