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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:
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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!


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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Martha | 2/13/2014

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

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