Monday, October 27, 2008

Buffalo Gal (Book Review-memoir)

"Growing up in the snowblower society of Buffalo, New York, Laura Pedersen's first words were most likely 'turn the wheel into a skid.' " Her "vibrant memoir shares the humorous ups and downs of the Pedersens, who, like many families subsisting in the frigid North during the seventies, feared rising prices at the gas pump, argued about the thermostat, and fought over the dog to stay warm at night. While her parents were preoccupied with surviving separation and stagflation, Laura became the neighborhood wild child, skipping school to play poker, bet on horses, and trade stocks. ... Combining laugh-out-loud humor with a genuine slice of social history, Buffalo Ga paints a vivid portrait of an era." (taken from the back cover (ARC))

The reason to read - Told in 34 (stand-alone) chapters, with titles like, "God's Frozen People," and "Sleet Happens": The Blizzard of '77" the author entertains her readers. Story, time and place are important elements in this memoir and Laura Pedersen handles all three superbly. Reading her words should be mandatory for anyone wanting to tell their own story in a similar bright and humorous way.

_"Laura Pedersen exudes an irrepressible, irreverent spirit ... in a book that lives and breathes in its snappy, unaffected dialogue." The Baltimore Sun.

_Laura Pedersen was the youngest columnist for the New York Times and, prior to that, the youngest person to have a seat on the American Stock Exchange. She the author of eight books, including Beginner's Luck. Honored as one of Ten Outstanding Young American by President Clinton. She has appeared on CNN, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, Primetime Live, The Today Show, and Late Night with David Letterman. She currently lives in New York City and teaches at the Booker T. Washington Learning Center in East Harlem.

No comments: