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In the spring of 2001, Carol Eron Rizzoli and her husband Hugo bought a dilapidated farmhouse in the tiny village of Royal Oak, Maryland, on the edge of the Chesapeake Bay.
They spent two years transforming it into a bed and breakfast, which took them twice as long and cost three times as much as they had originally estimated (on the back of a napkin). As they struggled to restore the house and open the B&B, Carol and Hugo were also slowly acquainting themselves with the rural community of Royal Oak, rich in custom and culinary traditions, and populated by neighbours with particular views on politics, hunting, wildlife, and of course, newcomers from the big city.
Written with honesty and humour, The House at Royal Oak is a journey to the heart of what it means to start over and chase a dream.
Part inspirational account of reinventing yourself at mid-life, part love story about learning what matters most in a relationship, it is above all a book about home - what it means, and the unexpected places we find it.
About the Author
Carol Eron Rizzoli served as a book editor for The Washington Post and was a managing editor of publications for the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. Her husband Hugo Rizzoli was owner, for 18 years, of The Bookstall, an independent bookshop in Potomac, Maryland.
"You may think you've read this story before...but you haven't...This lovely, intelligent memoir is told with clarity and deliberation." -- "Minneapolis Star-Tribune"
|A Curious Ballast||p. 18|
|Royal Oak||p. 31|
|Love and Remorse||p. 49|
|The Bull Crap Café||p. 76|
|The Bay||p. 85|
|Family, Family||p. 94|
|Pennies and Nails||p.102|
|The Upside Down||p.148|
|Kitchen, Garden, Field||p.182|
|As Simple as it Seems||p.190|
|Guests and Geese||p.197|
|And the Creek don't Rise||p.218|
|Notes from the Kitchen||p.235|
|Eight Good Reasons to Start a Bed-and-Breakfast and Seven Bad Ones||p.255|
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Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 1st July 2010
Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.107 x 15.240 x 2.870
Weight (kg): 0.426
Edition Number: 1