Buffalo Unbound (Paperback)

A Celebration

By Laura Pedersen

Fulcrum Publishing, 9781555917357, 216pp.

Publication Date: July 1, 2010

List Price: 16.00*
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Writing about the economic collapse and social unrest of her 1970s childhood in Buffalo, New York, Laura Pedersen was struck by how things were finally improving in her beloved hometown. As 2008 began, Buffalo was poised to become the thriving metropolis it had been a hundred years earlier—only instead of grain and steel, the booming industries now included healthcare and banking, education and technology. Folks who'd moved away due to lack of opportunity in the 1980s talked excitedly about returning home. They mised the small-town friendliness and it wasn't nostalgia for a past that no longer existed—Buffalo has long held the well-deserved nickname the City of Good Neighbors.

The diaspora has ended. Preservationists are winning out over demolition crews. The lights are back on in a city that's usually associated with blizzards and blight rather than its treasure trove of art, architecture, and culture.

About the Author

Laura Pedersen has written for the New York Times and is the author of Play Money, Going Away Party, Beginner's Luck (chosen as a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection), Buffalo Gal, and Buffalo Unbound. In 1994, President Clinton honored her as one of Ten Outstanding Young Americans. She has appeared on Oprah, Good Morning America, Primetime Live, and The Late Show with David Letterman, and she writes for several well-known comedians. Pedersen lives in New York City.

Praise For Buffalo Unbound: A Celebration

Although rife with injokes for Buffalo locals, making it a mustread for East Coasters, Buffalo Unbound abounds with entertainment, along with many riveting facts, for those who have never experienced the area firsthand. Pedersen's essays are love letters to her favorite cityseemingly penned by a cross between anthropologist Margaret Mead and the likes of Dave Barry. Terry Shannon, Book Reporter.com

"Buffalo Unbound is a humorous and heartfelt look at the rise, fall, and rebirth of the great Rust Belt city." —USA Book News

Buffalo Unbound was a finalist for the International Book Awards in the Humor category.

Buffalo Unbound was a finalist for the 2011 International Book Awards in the Travel Essay category.