Book Review of
In self-deprecating and hilarious fashion, Mud Season chronicles Stimson’s transition from city living to rickety Vermont farmhouse. When she decides she wants to own and operate the old-fashioned village store in idyllic Dorset, pop. 2,036, one of the oldest continually operating country stores in the country, she learns the hard way that “improvements” are not always welcomed warmly by folks who like things just fine the way they’d always been. She dreams of patrons streaming in for fresh-made sandwiches and an old-timey candy counter, but she learns they’re boycotting the store. Why? “The bread,” they tell her, “you moved the bread from where it used to be.” Can the citified newcomer turn the tide of mistrust before she ruins the business altogether? Follow the author to her wit’s end and back, through her full immersion into rural life―swapping high heels for muck boots; raising chickens and sheep; fighting off skunks, foxes, and bears; and making a few friends and allies in a tiny town steeped in history, local tradition, and that dyed-in-the-wool Vermont “character.”
Mud Season was a fun read. It was a little different than most of the memoirs that I have read. Not only is this book about Vermont it is a book about uprooting a family to a new place and learning to fit into a new community. The author mixes in a lot of humor, which makes this a lighter memoir to read. It was perfect for my nonfiction book from every state challenge.
I have never been to Vermont, but I have heard it compared to Oregon. Oregon is where I grew up and Oregon definitely has a mud season. Although it is a different type of mud season, I could really relate to some of the stories in this book about life in very rural setting and small town.