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The House at Royal Oak : Starting over and Rebuilding a Life One Room at a Time - Carol Eron Rizzoli

The House at Royal Oak

Starting over and Rebuilding a Life One Room at a Time

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Published: 28th April 2010
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Product Description

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.


What a fantastic book.


I love true stories. And this one was fantastic. Well worth a read.

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The House at Royal Oak

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"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"

Prologuep. 11
A Curious Ballastp. 18
Royal Oakp. 31
Love and Remorsep. 49
Frankly?p. 59
The Bull Crap Cafép. 76
The Bayp. 85
Family, Familyp. 94
Pennies and Nailsp.102
Pink Paintp.117
April 3p.130
April 4p.137
The Upside Downp.148
Full Housep.155
The Expertsp.165
Sunday Morningp.170
Coyote Dreamsp.176
Kitchen, Garden, Fieldp.182
As Simple as it Seemsp.190
Guests and Geesep.197
More Lightp.211
And the Creek don't Risep.218
Notes from the Kitchenp.235
Eight Good Reasons to Start a Bed-and-Breakfast and Seven Bad Onesp.255
Table of Contents provided by Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9781579128401
ISBN-10: 1579128408
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 1st July 2010
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.107 x 15.240  x 2.870
Weight (kg): 0.426
Edition Number: 1