AN ENDEARING BOOK ABOUT COUNTRY LIFE IN A SMALL NEW ENGLAND VILLAGE, ITS THICK-SKINNED, SOFT-HEARTED YANKEE TOWNSFOLK, AND THE DOGS THEY LOVE
FOR THIRTY YEARS, from 1923 until 1953, legendary Field & Stream columnist Corey Ford owned the Lower Forty, a rolling field dotted by apple trees and embraced by woodlands, in a small New England town in rural northern New England that he dubbed "Hardscrabble" to shield its identity. He regaled millions of readers with colorful stories of Hardscrabble's eccentric and eccletic townsfolk. Now, with THE HARDSCRABBLE CHRONICLES, Laurie Bogart Morrow continues the tradition...
HARDSCRABBLE could be any typical New England village. A place filled with common peole living uncommon lives. The best of a disappearing breed called Yankees--resolute, resilient, and resourceful folk who can be counted on in good times and in bad.
These are their stories, told by one of the own. A resident of Hardscrabble for thirty years, Laurie Bogart Morrow recounts the events that brought her as a young bride to this rural outpost, her family's brisk acceptance into the quaint rythms of the village, and her subsequent fall into the life-long love affair with country living, Hardscrabble, and its no-nonsense, plain speaking populace.
Interwoven throughout these vignettes are portraits of one of Hardscrabble's most valuable resources: DOGS. A profound necessity of rural living, these loyal companions--whether hunters or hearthwarmers, glossy Labs or spoiled lapdogs--complete the picture of a softhearted town in a hard-hearted clime. For throughout the seasons of Hardscrabble--the brutal winters, long-awaited springs, stretched-out summers and brilliant falls--there is one thread that ties its residents, both man and dog, together: an unconditional, deep-seated love. Available in hardcover and trade paperback through most booksellers and online.