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Fifty Acres and A Poodle

Jeanne Marie Laskas had a dream of fleeing her otherwise happy urban life for fresh air and open space -- a dream she would discover was about something more than that. But she never expected her fantasy to come true -- until a summer afternoon' s drive in the country.
That' s when she and her boyfriend, Alex -- owner of Marley the poodle -- stumble upon the place she thought existed only in her dreams. This pretty-as-a-picture-postcard farm with an Amish barn, a chestnut grove, and breathtaking vistas is real ... and for sale. And it' s where she knows her future begins.
But buying a postcard -- fifty acres of scenery -- and living on it are two entirely different matters. With wit and wisdom, Laskas chronicles the heartwarming and heartbreaking stories of the colorful two- and four-legged creatures she encounters on Sweetwater Farm.
Against a backdrop of brambles, a satellite dish, and sheep, she tells a tender, touching, and hilarious tale about life, love, and the unexpected complications of having your dream come true.
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About the Author

Jeanne Marie Laskas is a columnist for The Washington Post Magazine, where her "Significant Others" essays appear weekly. A contributing writer at Esquire, she also writes for numerous national magazines.


"A wonderful writer, smart as they come, and a real joy to read." --Annie Dillard "Humorous ... this true-life tale charts a big-city girl's transformation to farm gal." --People "Jeanne Marie Laskas is the thinking woman's Erma Bombeck ... [with] a talent for finding wisdom in daily life.... Even the most entrenched urbanite will be charmed by this book." --Andrea Sachs, "[A] delightful memoir about love and relocation ... [by] an accomplished journalist and also a deft storyteller ... Hilarious ... a pleasurable read indeed." --Newsday "Rarely has a city girl transformed herself into a country goddess with such humor." --Rita Mae Brown Be sure to look for Jeanne Marie Laskas's new book in spring 2003 wherever Bantam Books are sold

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