offers a funny and wise account of how she and her husband, Kerby,
their San Francisco advertising careers to make a radical new life for
themselves in a one-hundred-year-old Pennsylvania
farmhouse located in
the middle of an Amish cornpatch.
Part memoir, part
and part old-house-restoration journal, this wonderfully intimate
brings home all the humor, exhilaration, and disappointment of pursuing
a realer, “simpler” life in the country. Miller
sprang from a rural background,
and she’s run from her roots during most of her adult life,
but in Zion,
Pa., she makes a gratifying, if not dubious, peace with her past. In
sassy, self-deprecating style, Cathleen Miller puts a fresh, authentic
spin on the classic country memoir and surprises us with many unique
such as her close encounters with Amish neighbors. Sometimes wry and
full of awe, her observations about these and other locals infuse this
delightful true story with rich texture. Through it all we witness the
blow-by-blow process of how she and her husband refurbished their
dilapidated country house, turning it into a home with a soul.
of Country Lifeby Cathleen Miller
Lyons Press, 2004.