Mud Season by Ellen Stimson

by Rachel on November 12, 2013

The hilarious Ellen Stimson will be at Vroman’s Wednesday, November 13, at 7pm to discuss & sign her new book,
Mud Season.  Come a little early for some refreshments featuring Vermont cheeses!  Not only does she have a lovely presentation planned for her guests, but you can enter to win a free vacation to Vermont in the Mud Season West Coast Book Tour Raffle! She has a lot in store for you, so we hope you’ll stop by!  (You can find out more details about the raffle at the bottom of this post.)

Mud Season, by Ellen Stimson, is about how one woman’s dream of moving to Vermont, raising children, chickens, and sheep, and running the old country store pretty much led to one calamity after another.

Stimson chronicles her transition from urban living to rickety Vermont farmhouse—swapping high heels for muck boots; raising chickens and sheep; fighting off skunks, foxes, and bears; and making a few friends and allies in a tiny town steeped in history, local tradition, and that dyed-in-the-wool Vermont “character.” Readers will follow Stimson to her wit’s end and back, through her full immersion into rural life, including her decision to own and operate the old-fashioned village store in idyllic Dorset, pop. 2,036, one of the oldest continually operating country stores in the country. Despite her passion and good intentions, she quickly learns the hard way that “improvements” are not always warmly welcomed by folks who like things just fine the way they are.

Much more than just about how Ellen and her family adjusted to their new surroundings, Mud Season is full of clever life lessons about living with intention, taking risks, embracing failure, and finding humor in everything. It’s a witty, candid, and touching memoir about how one woman took charge of her happiness by taking charge of her life.

About the Author:
Ellen Stimson lives in a beautiful old farmhouse nestled in a high valley in the mountains of Vermont with her wild pack of children, not-so-wild husband, and completely civilized group of chickens, sheep, dogs, and cats. She has a not-at-all fashionable collection of muck boots. Mud Season is her first book.

More information on the Mud Season West Coast Book Tour Raffle:

On Wednesday, November 13 at 7pm, come sample artisan Vermont cheese, chat with Ellen, and while you’re at it enter to win vouchers for a romantic “Vermonty” four-night stay at the Equinox Spa and Resort in Manchester, VT. You’ll get a gift certificate for dinner at New England’s highly acclaimed restaurant, Solo (a Vermont farm-to-table experience in Londonderry), along with breakfast at the famous “Up For Breakfast” café where the Venison or Duck sausage scrapple next to a pile of blueberry pancakes with dark rich real maple syrup will leave you ready to relax with finish reading your autographed copy of Mud Season. But wait, there’s more: how about two ski passes to the ever-popular Stratton Mountain Resort? Take a sleigh ride from your front door at the Equinox. Smell the wood smoke wafting over the village. Ride the Gondola at Stratton and see the Milky Way as it was meant to be seen. Let the food comfort you, and the nurturing mountains of Vermont wrap you in their embrace.