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Fifty Acres and a Poodle

A Story of Love, Livestock, and Finding Myself on a Farm

Jeanne Marie Laskas


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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.

Praise For Fifty Acres and a Poodle: A Story of Love, Livestock, and Finding Myself on a Farm

“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 BrownBe sure to look for Jeanne Marie Laskas’s new book in spring 2003 wherever Bantam Books are sold

Bantam, 9780553380156, 288pp.

Publication Date: January 2, 2002

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.