- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (June 2 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0156006650
- ISBN-13: 978-0156006651
- Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 1.3 x 21 cm
- Shipping Weight: 200 g
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
Bingo Night at the Fire Hall: Rediscovering Life in an American Village Paperback – Jun 2 1999
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About the Author
Barbara Holland is the author of several books, including Wasn't the Grass Greener? and Endangered Pleasures. She has written for the Washington Post, Ladies' Home Journal, Smithsonian, Mid-Atlantic Country, Utne Reader, Redbook, Cosmopolitan, Parents, and more. She lives in Loudoun County, Virginia.
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Perhaps because of her insider/outsider status as someone "come from away," Holland writes perceptively about the encroachment of the Washington, DC, suburbs on village life in western Loudoun County. Loudoun County is filling up with well-off suburbanites, for whom the small-town rural life is irrelevant. Some villagers have sold out and moved on, and more will follow. Yet the book is not grim. Rather, it is brimful with the pleasures of fine writing and a real feeling for the life she has chosen. You taste, touch, smell, see, and hear this life - quite specifically - as you read. And you feel worried, as she does, at the threats to its survival.
I live across the Potomac River in Maryland, closer to Washington (about 25 miles) than Barbara Holland is (about 60 miles), and I can vouch for the honesty of her comments.
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