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Country matters : the pleasures and tribulations of moving from a big city to an
Korda, Michael
Adult Nonfiction F129.P72 K67 2001

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From Publishers' Weekly:

This is the latest installment in Korda's series of autobiographical books, which include Charmed Lives, a look at his famous theatrical family's history; Man to Man, his frank book about surviving prostate cancer; and Another Life, his collection of reminiscences about his two decades as editor-in-chief of the publishing house Simon & Schuster. This chatty book describes how Korda and his wife bought a 200-year-old farm in a small town in Dutchess County, N.Y., about 90 miles north of Manhattan. Over the 20-odd years chronicled, the Kordas use a mixture of guile, hard work and perseverance to ingratiate themselves with the locals and truly make the place their own. Many of the episodes, often comedic, document the various renovations of the farmhouse and the mental and physical barriers the Kordas cross in exchanging a glamorous New York lifestyle for one filled with pigs, horses and grubs. Korda, who was born in England, brings a foreigner's eye to his surroundings and on more than one occasion draws distinctions between the genteel rural life of his forebears and those of the lower-middle-class Americans he is surrounded by. Only occasionally does Korda lapse into clich‚, drawing attention to pariahs such as Dunkin' Donuts and Americans' propensity to drive large, unwieldy vehicles. But the overall effect is charming and oftentimes witty, and in this sense his newest follows in the tradition of other bestsellers, like Peter Mayle's Provence, about dislocation to a place peopled with foreigners and strange ways. (Apr. 16) Forecast: Korda's celebrity and reputation as a literary gentleman will help propel sales among those in the know along the coasts and in the cities. Handselling from booksellers (especially in upstate New York and Connecticut) and national advertising will provide additional sales. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Twenty-one years ago Korda, editor-in-chief of Simon & Schuster, and his wife, Margaret, bought an 18th-century farmhouse in Pleasant Valley, NY. Initially, Korda bought the place as an escape from his hectic New York City life; over time, it was a commuter home, which eventually became his primary residence. This interesting, touching memoir, read by Michael Page, chronicles the transformation from the author's high-profile life in Manhattan to country living and includes his witty take on owning pigs, raising and caring for horses, and renovating an old farmhouse. Humorously, he discusses his slow acceptance into this blue-collar neighborhood, the unforgettable friendships, and sharing in common events. His wife, once a fashion model, becomes an avid and competitive horseback rider. A well-written tale that gives the listener a sense of Korda's hard work and perseverance to ingratiate himself with the locals and truly make this country home a place of his own. Recommended. Carol Stern, Glen Cove P.L., NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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