Buffalo Unbound
Buffalo Unbound

Buffalo Unbound

A Celebration


216 Pages, 5.5 x 8.5

Formats: Paperback, ebook: EPUB, ebook: PDF, Mobipocket

Paperback, $16.00 (CA $19.00) (US $16.00)

Publication Date: July 2010

ISBN 9781555917357


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Writing about the economic collapse and social unrest of her 1970s childhood in Buffalo, New York, Laura Pedersen was struck by how things were finally improving in her beloved hometown. As 2008 began, Buffalo was poised to become the thriving metropolis it had been a hundred years earlier—only instead of grain and steel, the booming industries now included healthcare and banking, education and technology. Folks who'd moved away due to lack of opportunity in the 1980s talked excitedly about returning home. They mised the small-town friendliness and it wasn't nostalgia for a past that no longer existed—Buffalo has long held the well-deserved nickname the City of Good Neighbors.The diaspora has ended. Preservationists are winning out over demolition crews. The lights are back on in a city that's usually associated with blizzards and blight rather than its treasure trove of art, architecture, and culture.


Review By: Terry Shannon,   Book Reporter.com - November 25, 2010Laura Pedersen obviously adores Buffalo, the city she grew up in, and she's not one bit shy about singing its praises. At the same time, she ably skewers its idiosyncrasies, colorful characters and general oddity in a hilariously understated comic patter... Although rife with in-jokes for Buffalo locals, making it a must-read for East Coasters, BUFFALO UNBOUND abounds with entertainment (along with many riveting facts) for those who have never experienced the area firsthand. Pedersen's essays are love letters to her favorite city - seemingly penned by a cross between anthropologist Margaret Mead and the likes of Dave Barry.

Review By: Sarah Hodon,   The Compulsive Reader (blog) - April 11, 2011Through her nostalgic but realistic lens, readers may find themselves looking at their own hometowns in a new way—one that is not the idyllic memory of childhood, but more true to life, warts and all. It is clear that Pedersen makes no apologies for Buffalo's hardscrabble past, but instead chooses to celebrate the unique spirit and character of her hometown.

Author Biography

Laura Pedersen has written for the New York Times 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.