by velocibadgergirl

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Buffalo Gal by Laura Pedersen

Buffalo Gal is Laura Pedersen's memoir of growing up in Buffalo, New York, in the 70s. She describes her upbringing in a cold, quirky town with humor and just the right amount of nostalgia. From the drab institutional architecture to the folly of owning a white car in a city prone to lake-effect blizzards, Pedersen paints an entertaining picture of life in a place where winter lasts nine months.

Raised by two caring but very different parents who let her determine her own course much of the time, Pedersen made up her mind early on that she would not let rules define her life. From riding her bicycle across the bridge into Canada to gamble at a horse track to enrolling in a college finance course as a high school senior, she developed the guts and smarts to go after what she wanted, and would eventually become the youngest person with a seat on the American Stock Exchange. I really enjoyed her story, and am looking forward to reading more of her work. If you're looking for a fun, light read that will make you laugh, Buffalo Gal is a good bet.

As part of the Bookroom Reviews Book Giveaway Carnival, I am giving away TWO copies of Buffalo Gal. If you live in the US or Canada, you can enter by leaving a comment on this post. For an extra entry, blog about this giveaway and then leave me a comment with a link to your post. You have until March 8th to enter, and then will help me choose two winners. Good luck!

WINNER #1:  Deltay at Lucid Conspiracy

WINNER #2:  Terra H.

Congrats! And everyone else, check back soon. I'll have another giveaway up in the next week or so.

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