Sunday, February 7, 2010

At Least in the City Someone Would Hear Me Scream by Wade Rouse

One half of a gay couple recounts their "Misadventures in Search of the Simple Life" after they leave their city home in St. Louis for a cabin in the woods near Lake Michigan. Wade Rouse wants to follow in the footsteps of Henry David Thoreau. It's a stretch; he doesn't try to hide the fact that he can be shallow and silly. I found Wade's whining to be somewhat annoying. Mostly, however, his adventures amused and entertained me. Towards the end of this memoir, after the guys have weathered country living for the better part of a year, Wade has clearly learned many lessons and I found him more endearing. Recommended to readers who enjoy the neurotic and arch styles of Augusten Burroughs, David Sedaris and David Rakoff.

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