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

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

by Wade Rouse


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We all dream about it, but Wade Rouse actually did it. Discover his journey to live the simple life in this hilarious memoir. 

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307451910
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/01/2010
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 591,878
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

WADE ROUSE is the critically acclaimed author ofthe memoirs America’s Boy, Confessions of a Prep School Mommy Handler, and At Least in the City Someone Would Hear Me Scream and editor of the upcoming humorous dog anthology I’m Not the Biggest Bitch in This Relationship!He is a humor columnist for Metrosource magazine. Rouse lives outside Saugatuck, Michigan, with his partner, Gary, and their mutts, Marge and Mabel.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Wade's Walden 1

Part 2 Life Lessons 27

Lesson 1 Devote My Life to Writing Full-Time and Embrace the "Solitary Life" 28

Lesson 2 Eschew the Latest Entertainment and Fashion for Simpler Pursuits 59

Lesson 3 Learn to Love the Snow 98

Lesson 4 Embrace My Rural Brethren 117

Lesson 5 Participate in Country Customs 144

Lesson 6 Live off the Land 166

Lesson 7 Nurture Our Country Critters 198

Lesson 8 Rediscover Religion 217

Lesson 9 Let Go of My City Cynicism 247

Lesson 10 Redefine the Meaning of Life and My Relationship with Gary 269

Part 3 The Final Test 285

Acknowledgments 303

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