Item description for See You in a Hundred Years: Four Seasons in Forgotten America by Logan Ward...
Overview The author describes how he and his family left the pressure of life in New York City and moved to Virginia to live as people did in 1900.
To save their marriage and their sanity, the author and his wife sold their belongings, packed up their two-year-old son, and moved to a rundown farmhouse in the country without any plans past surviving the year. Living as though it were the year 1900, they struggled with recalcitrant livestock, garden-destroying bugs, rain that would not come, and their own insecurities, to ultimately discover a sense of community and a sense of themselves that changed not only their marriage, but the entire Swoope, Virginia community. Lyrically told and powerfully evocative, this memoir for the modern age deals with the growing sense of disassociation and yearning to escape the frenetic pace of daily life in today's society.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.1" Width: 6.2" Height: 1.2" Weight: 1.2 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 2007
Publisher Benbella Books
ISBN 1933771151 ISBN13 9781933771151
Availability 0 units.
More About Logan Ward
Logan Ward worked as a freelance adventure-travel writer for 10 years and has written articles for "House Beautiful," "Men's Journal," "National Geographic Adventure,"" The New York Times,"" Popular Science,"" This Old House," and others. He is a contributing editor for "Southern Accents" and has been a contributing editor for "American Photo, Coastal Living, and Entree," His 1998 book "An Explorer's Guide to the Field Museum" was the winner of the Illinois Association of Museums' Superior Achievement Award. He is one of the creators of the humor publication "Bubba Magazine," He lives in Stounton, Virginia.
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I liked this book Sep 6, 2008
This book held my interest. I was actually fascinated. There are good descriptions of their life, the enormous amount of work they did and what they accomplished.Logan ward used humor beautifully. I was also shocked by their boy scout encounters. I'm going to a book discussion with the author in a few weeks. I can't wait to meet him and ask questions.
a sweet story Aug 21, 2008
I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. The adventures and misadventures of Logan and his family kept me turning the pages and wishing I was not about to finish. He did a beautiful job of showing the sense of community that developed throughout the story. I lost track of the number of times I teared up. Very touching. I look forward to more from this author.
Read this and leave "life as it used to be" to the pros Apr 25, 2008
I became interested in this book because it was featured in my Vanderbilt alumni magazine. It made a great article, and it makes a great book. I gobbled it up in a weekend. It is fascinating to see how the author and his family adjust to life without electricity, running water, toilets and baths, air conditioning, and all of those fabulous inventions of the 20th century. Logan and Heather's lives quickly separate by gender, with Heather doing more of the inside work (cooking, cleaning, child care) and Logan doing more of the outside work (caring for livestock, tending the garden, dealing with the draft horse). I would have liked to have read more from Heather's point of view, but we get glimpses of her side of the story now and again, especially on the day they decide to switch roles. This is a wonderful book for those who enjoyed the PBS series 1900 House (or any of those iterations)and anyone who contemplates "getting back to the way things used to be."
Engaging and full of good humor Feb 3, 2008
It is difficult to write humor effectively, and Ward had me laughing out loud more than once. His honesty and candor were refreshing, along with his ability to poke fun at himself. I also appreciated his insight into whether they had really traded one kind of stress for only another kind. The only drawback was that it didn't paint a total picture of how rough life was then, and it couldn't because their experience (thankfully) didn't end in hardship or tragedy, as so many lives did back then. It would've been a lot different if the Wards would've had no alternatives and no escapes, just like people living 100 years ago didn't. But they did, so it was very different emotionally and mentally. And Ward admits that. I guess this reflects my impatience with nostalgia.
Excellent Read Oct 13, 2007
See You in a Hundred Years is an inspiring story about a young family ready to leave the modern world. Their frustrations, joys, and new social connections are revealed in a heartfelt way. Their journey gave me gratitude for modern conveniences taken for granted, and respect for the daily struggles of those who lived 100 years ago. This book is well-written and engaging to the last page!