Live Free and Eat Pie!

by Rebecca Rule | Travel |
ISBN: 1934031178 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingGoryDetailswing of Nashua, New Hampshire USA on 8/12/2008
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Journal Entry 1 by wingGoryDetailswing from Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Tuesday, August 12, 2008
I'd been wanting to pick up a copy of this ever since seeing a review in a local paper, and when I spotted it at Toadstool Books in Milford I pounced on it. Rebecca Rule is a local author, and the book is her "storyteller's guide to New Hampshire" - looks good! [It's published by Islandport Press, and you can see an excerpt on their web site.]

Later: This is an entertaining collection of pseudo-history and some actual travel tips about New Hampshire, such as her history timeline that points out that in 1623, Dover becomes the first permanent settlement, "the settlers having learned that you can survive February if you eat enough chocolate, drink plenty of grog, keep the woodstove stoked, and play a lot of FARKLE." [No, I don't know what FARKLE is; never heard of it before this book. Rule provides the rules later on for those who want to give it a try.]

A nice touch: there's a chapter on New Hampshire towns, with short entries for quite a few of them - great way to entice the locals to buy the book! The entries are, like much of the book, idiosyncratic; the one for Nelson NH mentions a local person who had three holes cut in the wall of his back shed, and when asked what they were for, replied "For the cats." When asked why his three cats couldn't use one hole, he replied "When I say skat, I mean skat."

In the section on cuisine, there are entries for Canadian ("Meat pie"), Chilean ("Chili"), English ("Muffins"), Russian ("Dressing") - get the drift?

The chapter on attractions opens with a list of famous rock-related sights, from the now-deceased Great Stone Face to "America's Stonehenge", and then adds "there are many wonderful non-rock attractions as well." Want to know how to make moose-turd beads? The instructions are in here. And since Rule spent much of her life writing book reviews, it's not surprising that she includes a list of books about NH that might be of interest. [Yes, I added one or two of those to my list!]

Journal Entry 2 by wingGoryDetailswing at New England Country Pies in Merrimack, New Hampshire USA on Monday, November 09, 2009

Released 10 yrs ago (11/9/2009 UTC) at New England Country Pies in Merrimack, New Hampshire USA



I couldn't resist leaving this book in a local pie shop even if it is an obvious choice! I left the book in a rack of pamphlets just inside the shop at about 2:30; hope the finder enjoys it! [And do check out the pies; yum...]

[The photo shows the pie-shop sign, which is practically a landmark on Rt. 101A.]

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