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  1. 7.8 hrs • 1/21/2015 • Unabridged

    The Pelee Project is an inspiring tale of personal transformation and self-discovery. Back in 2000, Jane Christmas was, like millions of others, an exhausted,  single working mother with a punishing agenda of work, domestic, and parenting duties. Weekdays were an urban triathlon, weekends evaporated into mile-long to-do lists. Jane found herself drained, living beyond her means emotionally, physically, and financially. She dreamed of a simpler life, but like everyone else, worried about the consequences of disconnecting from the frenetic working world. A highway accident changed all that. After walking away from a crash that should have killed her, she did the unthinkable and booked a three-month leave of absence from her job, put her home up for sale, and moved with her ten-year-old daughter to Pelee Island, a remote community of 180 in the middle of Lake Erie. Does the absence of a pedal-to-the-metal schedule freak her out, or does it transform her from den mother to Zen mother? Jane published a fiteen-part series about her sabbatical in the National Post, and her adventure caused an immediate and huge buzz. Readers were captivated by someone who had the nerve to put the brakes on life. The Pelee Project is Jane’s full memoir of her hilarious faux pas, anecdotes, and epiphanies on the island, all told in that refreshingly honest voice that attracted so many to her columns.

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    The Pelee Project

    7.8 hrs • 1/21/15 • Unabridged
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  2. 1.1 hrs • 6/5/2012 • Unabridged

    Step right up as the gates swing open at fairgrounds across the USA. This delightful collection explores the unique joys of the public gatherings that take place in cities and small towns, when people of all stripes and sizes meet to gawk at cows, ponder seed art, get hypnotized, compete in husband-calling contests, and eat virtually anything on a stick. Farming, food, politics, parades, shilling, glad-handing, people-watching, and silliness are celebrated here. If you’ve been to a fair or festival, you’ll love this collection. If you haven’t, here’s what you’ve been missing.Contents:Introduction by Noah AdamsGarrison Keillor at the Minnesota State FairPostcard: Texas State FairA Break from Politics at the County FairHard Work, Some Play at the Iowa State FairSwine Bring “Olympig” Racing to County FairsPostcard: Collectibles at the Fair“Lovey” Replaces “Sooey” in Husband-Calling ContestThe Minnesota State Fair on a StickVoices from the National Cornbread FestivalIowa’s Butter Cow LadyCompetitive Wood Chopping in West VirginiaMountain View Folk FestivalMelvin the Human BlockheadThe Phelps of Food CanningThe Funnel Cake KingOn the Midway: A Fairbanks CarnivalLost and Found Sound: Carnival Talkers

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    Fairs and Festivals

    Produced by NPR
    Hosted by Noah Adams
    1.1 hrs • 6/5/12 • Unabridged
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  3. 1.1 hrs • 4/7/2010 • Unabridged

    With generous splashes of popular culture and human interest, the NPR Road Trips series introduces you not only to far-off locations and unusual destinations, but to the people who inhabit them—and seek them out. Each story focuses on real locations, real people, and real history in the thought-provoking, imaginative and entertaining way you’ve come to expect from NPR.We all have memories of family vacations—some successful, some less so, and some gone terribly awry. When it comes to reporting colorful, compelling tales of family vacations, no one does it better than National Public Radio. The stories gathered on this collection are entertaining, provocative and moving. Like Laura Lorson’s “Hard-Earned Lessons from the Family Road Trip,” in which she recalls endless hours in a hot car, eating junk food and listening to AM radio. And “Setting Sail with Family, Imperfections in Tow,” Marion Winik’s account of a not-so-perfect family reunion at sea. And “Family Camping,” in which commentator Joel Achenbach points out that camping is a serious sport. NPR knows that everyone has a dream vacation, but many of us are settling for economic-reality vacations. So Tom Goldman asks, “Who Needs a Fancy Cruise If You’ve Got Inner Tubes?” And when Robert Smith learns the price of Broadway tickets to The Little Mermaid ($121 each!), he takes a more frugal route, piling the family into his Honda Civic and heading to the drive-in. Warmly remembered, richly detailed, these stories invite you to share in the journey of others—and may inspire you to plan your own.Contents:Introduction by Noah AdamsHard-Learned Lessons from the Family Road TripFamily CampingEducational VacationsThe History of the VacationThe Low-Cost Glories of the Drive-In TheaterPink Jeep ChroniclesTaking the Great American Road Trip, Google-StyleA Summer Outing to Chincoteague IslandWho Needs a Fancy Cruise If You’ve Got Inner Tubes?Pirates of the CaribbeanThe Discomfort ZoneSetting Sail with Family, Imperfections in TowMemories of Going on StaycationLost and Found Sound: A Partridge Family Vacation

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    Family Vacations

    Produced by NPR
    Hosted by Noah Adams
    Performed by a full cast
    1.1 hrs • 4/7/10 • Unabridged
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  4. 3.1 hrs • 1/24/2006 • Abridged

    A vacation has the special power to bring a family closer together— breaking away from familiar routines, allowing time to enjoy each others’ company, and experiencing the world together. All it takes is the right mindset and some planning. The Travel Mom shows you how. In one invaluable guide, you’ll get a host of ideas for some of the most popular options in family travel—from cruises and all-inclusive resorts to RV camping and extended-family reunions. The Travel Mom also tackles the sticky realities of family vacations. In a warm, mom-to-mom tone, she gives you tricks and tips you’ll appreciate from the first rainy day, missed flight, or scary look at the travel budget. Simple strategies like packing a customized “boredom bag” with snacks and games can save a long road trip. And her off-the-beaten-track and off-season suggestions are unbeatable to keep things interesting and affordable. A great resource for busy moms everywhere, The Travel Mom’s Ultimate Book of Family Travel will guarantee their family vacation is worth all the time, money, and emotion they put into it.

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