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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Blogger mindy said...

sounds like a great read thanks for the giveaway

11:21 AM  
Blogger Indigo said...

As a resident New Yorker, I would love to be entered into this drawing! Thanks! Indigo

11:31 AM  
Blogger MaMa said...

Thanks for hosting this great contest...I'd love to read this book. Good luck all.


11:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was born in the 80's but love to read about the 70's. Groovy contest. Enter me!

livingmyhappilyeverafter at yahoo

12:27 PM  
Blogger liane66 said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

12:50 PM  
Anonymous grigoro said...

This looks like a fun read! Thanks for the giveaway.

1:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please enter me. Thanks!

nbmars AT yahoo DOT com

1:16 PM  
Blogger EllyBean said...

Thanks for such a great giveaway!
ellybean (at)

1:20 PM  
Blogger Erika Lynn said...

this sounds really good, please enter me
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2:13 PM  
Blogger divaqueenie said...

I have fond memories of growing up in the 70's, and this woman sounds super interesting. Thanks for sharing with us.

2:28 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

This sounds good! Thank you for the chance to win!
Carol M
mittens0831 AT

3:39 PM  
Anonymous Valorie said...

I'd love a chance to win.


3:46 PM  
Anonymous Valorie said...



3:46 PM  
Blogger Lady Roxi said...

Love to have this. I have tons of relatives in Buffalo!



3:59 PM  
Blogger ikkinlala said...

I'd love to enter your draw.

ikkinlala AT yahoo DOT ca

4:31 PM  
Blogger traveler said...

Thanks for this great giveaway. This book looks fascinating.

6:04 PM  
Blogger scottsgal said...

sounds awesome - thanks for the giveaway

msboatgal at aol dot com

6:34 PM  
Blogger Lori said...

Would love to check this one out.

7:24 PM  
Blogger kalea_kane said...

This sounds great! I love a good memoir! Thanks!



8:20 PM  
Blogger Meg89 said...

Please enter me!
meh471 (AT) gmail (DOT) com

9:44 PM  
Blogger Dawn M. said...

I've been wanting to read this one. Please enter me.

Thanks! :0)
librarygrinch at gmail dot com

2:23 AM  
Blogger Stacie said...

Please count me in.

9:36 AM  
Blogger Marie said...

This sounds like a fun read!

11:04 AM  
Blogger YZgirl4 said...

I love memoirs, please enter me!


11:27 AM  
Blogger Alyce said...

I would like to be entered!
akreese (at) hotmail (dot) com

4:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would love to have this as I live in NY.

4:22 PM  
Blogger toohotforturtle said...

This books sounds like a great read

6:23 PM  
Anonymous Valerie said...

thanks for the chance
KawaiiNeko2008 (at) aol (dot) com

6:42 PM  
Blogger ellie said...

Sounds like a great book. Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me.

7:10 PM  
Blogger demmi said...

sounds like a fun book con5459(at)gmail(dot)com

8:29 PM  
Anonymous Elsie said...

This Cleveland Gal can relate to Buffalo's snowy winters...I think this book would be especially fun to read as I sip my hot chocolate and watch the snowflakes outside in March!

10:13 PM  
Blogger Tasses said...

Love memoirs. This looks good :-)

7:23 AM  
Blogger Tasses said...

I've blogged about your contest on my book blog: Here's The Post

7:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds great! My ex is from Buffalo -- I know a bit about the city from all of his fond recollections. In fact, he moved back there! Guess he's a Buffalo Guy. :)

Thanks for the chance!

writing.meg [at]

3:54 PM  
Blogger deltay said...

Sounds great

lucidconspiracy AT gmail DOT com

4:03 PM  
Blogger Boo Bear's Place said...

would love to win i'm from Tennessee ezziriah (at)gmail(dot)com

6:29 PM  
Blogger rottawa said...

Love to read this.
Please enter me

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7:11 PM  
Blogger Jinxy and Me said...

Looks great! Thanks for the giveaway!

9:10 PM  
Blogger JamericanSpice said...

Sounds like a good read.

10:03 PM  
Blogger Estela said...

Sounds just like my kind of book!

6:57 AM  
Blogger Mom of 5 Boys said...

My cousins grew up in Buffalo at about that time period. I would love to read this book!

9:29 AM  
Blogger Debs Desk said...

Please include me in your giveaway.

6:14 PM  
Blogger judyv12306 said...

For this book addict I would love this read

7:07 PM  
Blogger Nicole said...

Love to read. Thanks!

9:45 PM  
Blogger Bcteagirl said...

I have yet to read anything by this author, thanks for the contest!!

11:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd like to read this book. Thanks.
-Terra H.

1:12 AM  
Blogger Molly C. said...

Sounds like an awesome book.

5:20 AM  
Blogger Sandra K321 said...

I like reading non-fiction books, especially autobiographies or books that develop characters so you get to know them. I'm definitely not a romance novel type. I guess being an engineer has an effect on what I like reading.

5:34 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

I love books set during that time period. Thanks!!

7:33 AM  
Blogger Sherrylinn said...

Sounds like a great read, thanks for the chance to win

slcremer at gmail dot com

10:44 AM  
Blogger Nicole said...

This looks like a great book! I would love to read it!!


3:24 PM  
Blogger Qwill said...

Sounds interesting even though I am allergic to snow and cold.

9:48 PM  
Blogger Candie said...

Please enter my name. The book sounds intriguing. Thank you.


2:06 PM  
Blogger Gwendolyn B. said...

This has been on my wish list for awhile. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!
geebee.reads AT gmail DOT com

3:00 PM  
Blogger Anita Yancey said...

This sounds like a really good book. Love to read it. Please enter me.


8:47 PM  
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