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Prologue: Hummingbirds xi
THE CABIN
THE FIRST ADDITION: Room to Live In
PROLOGUE: HUMMINGBIRDS
AN INTRODUCTION: BEFORE AND AFTER
SOMEPLACE JUST RIGHT
WATER, PART ONE
PEACE AND QUIET
FURNISHINGS
MY FATHER'S VIOLIN
ROCK BOTTOM
THE BASIC FRAMEWORK
HOPE AT THE BEGINNING
HEAT, PART ONE
SOMEWHERE TO GET TO
GARDENS
A STEP TOWARD AMELIA
ONE MORNING
WATER, PART THREE
INTERIORS
PAINTING THE FLOOR
WAITING
DIFFICULTY AT THE BEGINNING
A ROOM FOR AMELIA
PHOTO ALBUM
P. 1
The Road Home

The Road Home

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It occurred to Eliza Thomas when she hit her forties that home might be "someplace you made." A modest cabin in the woods of Vermont seemed like a good place to start. Thomas's funny, heartwarming experiences transform the weekend cabin into a real home--a place where Thomas paints the floor the same color as her grandmother's beach house porch; where hordes of ladybugs come to visit one Indian summer; and the place her adopted baby daughter excitedly recognizes as they make their way through the woods in a snowstorm. In writing that is at once funny and poignant, Eliza Thomas welcomes us into the warm and cozy rooms of her first real home. "A charming memoir . . . Thomas details the joys and problems of rural living."--Publishers Weekly; "Pleasant to read, funny at times, candid and poignant at others . . . by the end of the book, Thomas accomplishes a remodeled future built by hand, and a sense of her life as a narrative leading home."--The New York Times Book Review; "Another back-to-nature/independent woman story? Hardly. Which is what makes Thomas's memoir, THE ROAD HOME, all the more enjoyable. . . . She conveys a very real, living definition of home."--The Boston Globe. A BOOK-OF-THE-MONTH CLUB and QUALITY PAPERBACK BOOK CLUB selection.
It occurred to Eliza Thomas when she hit her forties that home might be "someplace you made." A modest cabin in the woods of Vermont seemed like a good place to start. Thomas's funny, heartwarming experiences transform the weekend cabin into a real home--a place where Thomas paints the floor the same color as her grandmother's beach house porch; where hordes of ladybugs come to visit one Indian summer; and the place her adopted baby daughter excitedly recognizes as they make their way through the woods in a snowstorm. In writing that is at once funny and poignant, Eliza Thomas welcomes us into the warm and cozy rooms of her first real home. "A charming memoir . . . Thomas details the joys and problems of rural living."--Publishers Weekly; "Pleasant to read, funny at times, candid and poignant at others . . . by the end of the book, Thomas accomplishes a remodeled future built by hand, and a sense of her life as a narrative leading home."--The New York Times Book Review; "Another back-to-nature/independent woman story? Hardly. Which is what makes Thomas's memoir, THE ROAD HOME, all the more enjoyable. . . . She conveys a very real, living definition of home."--The Boston Globe. A BOOK-OF-THE-MONTH CLUB and QUALITY PAPERBACK BOOK CLUB selection.

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Publish date: Jan 6, 1997
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Eight years ago, after living in Boston for decades, Thomas bought a one-room cabin set on four acres in central Vermont and found a place to call home. In this charming memoir, the first-time author reflects on the dramatic changes in her life as a result of the move and details the joys and problems of rural living. Her relationship with her friend Julian, who still lives part of the time in Boston, grew stronger as he visited regularly and lent his expertise to wiring the cabin and helping with structural additions. His support convinced Thomas, then in her mid-40s, to realize her dream of adopting a baby. She traveled to China and returned with five-month-old Amelia (now two). The author relates how she shares a contented life with Amelia, Julian and her dog, Lily, despite the difficulty of heating the cabin and locating drinkable water. Thomas communicates her deep pleasure in nature as she describes feeding hummingbirds, planning a garden and observing the splendid Vermont countryside. Author tour. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

1997-04-07, Publishers Weekly
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Eliza Thomas has reached the age where she is supposed to be settled and she is not. And she is not happy. Thomas sets out to amend her life, and gradually acquires a home, a boyfriend, and a child.
Publishers Weekly reviewed this
Eight years ago, after living in Boston for decades, Thomas bought a one-room cabin set on four acres in central Vermont and found a place to call home. In this charming memoir, the first-time author reflects on the dramatic changes in her life as a result of the move and details the joys and problems of rural living. Her relationship with her friend Julian, who still lives part of the time in Boston, grew stronger as he visited regularly and lent his expertise to wiring the cabin and helping with structural additions. His support convinced Thomas, then in her mid-40s, to realize her dream of adopting a baby. She traveled to China and returned with five-month-old Amelia (now two). The author relates how she shares a contented life with Amelia, Julian and her dog, Lily, despite the difficulty of heating the cabin and locating drinkable water. Thomas communicates her deep pleasure in nature as she describes feeding hummingbirds, planning a garden and observing the splendid Vermont countryside. Author tour. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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Publishers Weekly reviewed this
Eight years ago, after living in Boston for decades, Thomas bought a one-room cabin set on four acres in central Vermont and found a place to call home. In this charming memoir, the first-time author reflects on the dramatic changes in her life as a result of the move and details the joys and problems of rural living. Her relationship with her friend Julian, who still lives part of the time in Boston, grew stronger as he visited regularly and lent his expertise to wiring the cabin and helping with structural additions. His support convinced Thomas, then in her mid-40s, to realize her dream of adopting a baby. She traveled to China and returned with five-month-old Amelia (now two). The author relates how she shares a contented life with Amelia, Julian and her dog, Lily, despite the difficulty of heating the cabin and locating drinkable water. Thomas communicates her deep pleasure in nature as she describes feeding hummingbirds, planning a garden and observing the splendid Vermont countryside. Author tour. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

1997-04-07, Publishers Weekly
Publishers Weekly reviewed this
Eight years ago, after living in Boston for decades, Thomas bought a one-room cabin set on four acres in central Vermont and found a place to call home. In this charming memoir, the first-time author reflects on the dramatic changes in her life as a result of the move and details the joys and problems of rural living. Her relationship with her friend Julian, who still lives part of the time in Boston, grew stronger as he visited regularly and lent his expertise to wiring the cabin and helping with structural additions. His support convinced Thomas, then in her mid-40s, to realize her dream of adopting a baby. She traveled to China and returned with five-month-old Amelia (now two). The author relates how she shares a contented life with Amelia, Julian and her dog, Lily, despite the difficulty of heating the cabin and locating drinkable water. Thomas communicates her deep pleasure in nature as she describes feeding hummingbirds, planning a garden and observing the splendid Vermont countryside. Author tour. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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