"Have you ever dreamed about completely changing your life? Moving across the country with kin, cat and canines to an old house in the woods? And what about changing your profession? Doesn't it sound delightful to become a small village grocer? The Rushing-Simson family certainly thought so, and landed in Vermont with boundless energy and enthusiasm. A year later, which was filled with chickens, killer icicles, skunks, sheep, creative uses for 911, a great deal of mud and misplaced bread, their dreams had changed a bit. This is the hilarious story of a family turning a new leaf, or at least trying to, and Ellen doesn't gloss over much of anything (her hilarious footnotes are pretty much the best part of an already entertaining book). As you read through it, you will feel relieved that it wasn't your family, though, somewhere in your deepest heart, you will also kind of wish it was your family who went through all of these hilariously challenging adventures." ~Jackie--Jackie is our top blogger & manager of our cafe in LoDo
Indie Next ListOctober 2013
Have you ever dreamed of moving to rural Vermont? Imagined the good life away from traffic, noise, and the difficulties of city life? Stimson and her husband did exactly that, moving from St. Louis with children and dogs and cats in tow. By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, Mud Season is the story of their immersion into a small town populated with crusty Vermonters who view 'flatlanders' with a combination of suspicion and amusement. This is a funny, self-deprecating memoir of making a new life in a beautiful place. -- Ellen Burns, Books On The Common, Ridgefield, CT
After a getaway in gorgeous rural Vermont its mountains ablaze in autumnal glory, its Main Streets quaint and welcoming Ellen Stimson and her family make up their minds even before they get back to St. Louis: We re moving to Vermont The reality, they quickly learn, is a little muddier than they'd imagined, but, happily, worth all the trouble."