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Leap Days
By Katherine Lanpher

Leap Days

Chronicles of a Midlife Move

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Leap Days by Katherine Lanpher

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Katherine Lanpher, whose essays have appeared in the New York Times and More magazine, officially moved to Manhattan on a leap day, transferring from a rooted life in the Midwest to a new job, a new city, and a new sense of who she was. But re-invention is a tricky business and starting over in the middle of life isn't for the feint of heart. Katherine Lanpher's short essay on her first six months in New York - 'A Manhattan Admonition' was published last August in the New York Times op-ed page and remained on their list of most e-mailed stories for weeks. Now she has written a book chronicling how her past life and loves have prepared her for unexpected discoveries in her new home. Lanpher looks back on her marriage, her early days in newspapers, and her childhood in the Midwest. And, with startling insight, she examines her new world--how beauty is defined in New York, how the landscape differs from the Midwest, and how good food and books have been constants in her life.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780821258309
ISBN-10: 0821258303
Format: Hardback
(213mm x 148mm x 23mm)
Pages: 244
Imprint: Little, Brown & Company
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
Publish Date: 1-Feb-2007
Country of Publication: United States


US Kirkus Review » Essays by a displaced over-40 divorcee with deep Midwestern roots who moves to Manhattan. Onetime Minnesota Public Radio reporter Lanpher decided as far back as her teens that she would never live in New York because "I didn't want to pay the price." The point of reference: a college acquaintance with an intimidating Park Avenue address who liked to boast that "she had her own shrink." Nonetheless, the day came: Lanpher was offered the job of co-host of Al Franken's Air America radio show and-on a leap day, Feb. 29th-made the jump, renting out her beloved, cozy house in Saint Paul and moving to an apartment in Greenwich Village. Initially, these essays have a somewhat predictable tone; she is, to all New Yorkers she meets, from cab drivers and deli countermen to cold-staring strangers, the stereotypical out-of-towner, little lost farm girl in the concrete jungle, etc. She doesn't know enough to not hail a cab going the wrong way on a one-way street; she uses odd words-like "sack" to mean "bag." As far as she's concerned, it's one egregious faux pas after another. But behind her wit and perspective, Lanpher rallies; she'll learn how to act, how to dress, how to talk like a native and properly scorn the tourists. Forcing its way into the picture, however, is some serious introspection, about her failed marriage, about her childlessness (she wonders, by choice?). Finally, after two years, she finds herself "going home" on the subway in Manhattan.Tempting fare for anyone who's ever wondered: Who am I and how did I get here? (Kirkus Reviews)

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Author Biography - Katherine Lanpher

Katherine Lanpher's writing has appeared in The NY Times and More magazine, as well as several regional newspapers. She hosts "Liberal Arts," a performance and interview show for Air America that features a diverse roster of artists and writers.

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