At Least in the City Someone Would Hear Me Scream

At Least in the City Someone Would Hear Me Scream : Misadventures in Search of the Simple Life

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We all dream it.
Wade Rouse actually did it.
Finally fed up with the frenzy of city life and a job he hates, Wade Rouse decided to make either the bravest decision of his life or the worst mistake since his botched Ogilvie home perm: to uproot his life and try, as Thoreau did some 160 years earlier, to "live a plain, simple life in radically reduced conditions."
In this rollicking and hilarious memoir, Wade and his partner, Gary, leave culture, cable, and consumerism behind and strike out for rural Michigan-a place with fewer people than in their former spinning class. There, Wade discovers the simple life isn't so simple. Battling blizzards, bloodthirsty critters, and nosy neighbors equipped with night-vision goggles, Wade and his spirit, sanity, relationship, and Kenneth Cole pointy-toed boots are sorely tested with humorous and humiliating frequency. And though he never does learn where his well water actually comes from or how to survive without Kashi cereal, he does discover some things in the woods outside his knotty-pine cottage in Saugatuck, Michigan, that he always dreamed of but never imagined he'd find-happiness and a home.
"At Least in the City Someone Would Hear Me Scream" is a sidesplitting and heartwarming look at taking a risk, fulfilling a dream, and finding a home-with very thick and very dark curtains. "
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Product details

  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 162.56 x 236.22 x 30.48mm | 566.99g
  • Random House Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0307451909
  • 9780307451903
  • 2,259,653

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"In "At Least in the City Someone Would Hear Me Scream," Wade Rouse's inner Eddie Albert does battle with his inner Eva Gabor. I won't tell you who wins, but the fight is immensely entertaining."
-A.J. Jacobs, bestselling author of "The Year of Living Biblically"
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About Wade Rouse

WADE ROUSE is a writer living on the coast of Michigan. A graduate of Drury and Northwestern universities, he is the critically acclaimed author of the memoirs "America's Boy" and "Confessions of a Prep School Mommy Handler" and a contributor to "The Customer Is Always Wrong: The Retail Chronicles." His essays have been published in numerous national magazines and collections.
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1,516 ratings
3.73 out of 5 stars
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4 36% (552)
3 28% (426)
2 8% (117)
1 3% (42)
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