In Fifty Acres and a Poodle, Jeanne Marie Laskas described how she survived her first hilariously tumultuous year at Sweetwater Farm. Now she returns with a funny, touching, and personal new memoir of what happens after your dream comes true...
With a picture-postcard farm, a wonderful marriage, two mules, and a new refrigerator that spits crushed ice, what more can a girl ask for? That’s precisely the question Jeanne Marie asks herself as she and Alex settle into their new life at Sweetwater Farm. Two years ago they left the city behind for a life filled with the practical, often comical, lessons of living close to the land—and they never looked back. Yet when her strong-willed mom is hospitalized with a sudden and mysterious paralysis, Jeanne Marie rushes home to Philadelphia and her extended, sometimes chaotic, but always loving family. It’s there that she realizes what is still missing from her life: a family of her own. Now it’s a matter of bringing up the subject to her husband, Alex, fifteen years older and with adult children of his own, who seems terrified that she’s thinking of adopting a Chihuahua.
With warmth, wisdom, and unfailing humor, Laskas tells the poignant story of her search for motherhood—and what happens when a woman risks happily-ever-after for something even more precious. As she tends to her own ailing mother, Jeanne Marie discovers that the challenges and rewards of living with Mother Nature pale in comparison to those awakened by the nature of mothering.
The Exact Same Moon is filled with hilarious and heartwarming vignettes of people and a way of life you’ll be glad you met. From "borrowing" sheep to help mow the lawn and sitting in on the racy hay jokes at the Agway Equine Clinic, to befriending the notorious old lady who holds the water rights to their future pond, corrupting the neighbors with satellite TV, and learning the fine art of going a-calling, Laskas proves once again that laughter, love, and wisdom are truly homegrown.
About the Author
Jeanne Marie Laskas is a columnist for The Washington Post Magazine, where her "Significant Others" essays appear weekly. A contributing writer at "Esquire," she also writes for "GQ," "Allure," "Redbook," "Good Housekeeping," "Health," and "This Old House," She is the author of The Balloon Lady and Other People I Know and We Remember: Women Born at the Turn of the Century Tell the Stories of Their Lives in Words and Pictures. She lives and farms with her husband and daughter, along with their poodle, mutts, mules, sheep, and other animals, at Sweetwater Farm in Scenery Hill, Pennsylvania.
"Her descriptions are strong enough to make even readers unfamiliar with her situation feel moved"
"For anyone who’d like to chuck it all and move to the country."
--The Washington Post
"Jeanne Marie Laskas is a wonderful writer, smart as they come, and a real joy to read."
"Humorous...This true-life tale charts a big-city girl’s transformation to farm gal."
"Jeanne Marie Laskas is a formidable reporter and one damn fine writer."
"A winning journey of the heart and psyche...There are laughs aplenty."
--The Philadelphia Weekly