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Title:
Buffalo gal : a memoir
Author:
Pedersen, Laura.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Golden, Colo. : Fulcrum, [2008]

©2008
Physical Description:
307 pages ; 22 cm
Language:
English
Contents:
God's frozen people -- The first event leading up to my death -- American Buffalo ...The king of cool and demon rum -- He'd always have Paris...Trading up...Danish for beginners: -- Getting up your Irish...Family diversity...Three's a mob -- When Johnny comes typing home...Wedding-bell blues -- Onward Catholic soldier...Everything's good in the hood...The sinusitis capital -- Buffalo runs riot -- A full house -- Egg salad days...Beads of paradise -- Mary Tyler Moore for president...Hit parade...The Americans with no abilities act -- Born in the UUA...Keeping kosher -- Water hazard...Is that your child? -- Will joke for food...It's a mad, mad house...How I learned to cook -- The birth of an entrepreneur...From socks to stocks...The wizard of odds -- Everyone was groovy...Stardate 1965 -- Sleet happens: the Blizzard of '77 -- Taking a turn for the nurse -- Bus stop -- Enter, stage left...O.B. (order big)...A decent docent doesn't doze -- Down on the farm...Doing time...Beat it -- Real world 101 -- Earl and me...The sewing circle turns square -- Will work for AC...Mom turns pro...The mosquito coast -- Home at sweet home...Class clown...Dressing down -- Can't we all get a lawn?...Pedersen v. Pedersen...Telling it to the judge...The play within the play -- Disappearing act...The walkway less traveled -- Are red and green making you blue? -- In all probability -- Home alone -- It could be worse -- The (sweet) home stretch...Faking it -- When the chips are down, the Buffalo's empty -- The People's Republic of Buffalo.
ISBN:
9781555916923
Format :
Book

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Summary

Growing up in the snowblower society of Buffalo, New York, Laura Pedersen's first words were most likely "turn the wheel into a skid." Like many families subsisting in the frigid North during the energy crisis, the Pedersens feared rising prices at the gas pump, argued about the thermostat, fought over the dog to stay warm at night, and often slept in their clothes. While her parents were preoccupied with surviving separation and stagflation, daughter Laura became the neighborhood wild child, skipping school, playing poker, betting on the horses, and trading stocks. Learning how to beat the odds, by high school graduation Pedersen was well prepared to seek her fortune on Wall Street, becoming the youngest person to have a seat on the American Stock Exchange and a millionaire by age 21. Combining laugh-out-loud humor with a slice of social history-her hometown was a flash point for race riots, antiwar protests, and abortion rallies, not to mention bingo, bowling, and Friday night fish fries-Pedersen paints a vivid portrait of an era.


Author Notes

Laura Pedersen has written for the New York Time s and is the author of Play Money , Going Away Party , Beginner's Luck (chosen as a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection), Buffalo Gal , and Buffalo Unbound . In 1994, President Clinton honored her as one of Ten Outstanding Young Americans. She has appeared on Oprah , Good Morning America , Primetime Live , and The Late Show with David Letterman , and she writes for several well-known comedians. Pedersen lives in New York City.