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Buffalo Unbound: A Celebration

3.45  ·  Rating details ·  40 ratings  ·  13 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published July 1st 2010 by Fulcrum Publishing (first published January 1st 2010)
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Oct 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
Sydney, Monaco, Madrid, Dubai, Majorca, and South Africa are just a few of the places I hope to visit in my lifetime. I have always been drawn to the exotic locales. The U.S. is OK, too. I have been to Alaska twice, had a nice one-day layover in Seattle, multiple trips to Florida and Georgia, a two-week sojourn in Lincoln, Nebraska, and a mad dash through O'Hare airport to catch a connecting flight. All of it was in good fun.

So much can be found right in our own backyard, and we don't even real
Jan 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Laura Pedersen wrote a hilarious book titled Buffalo Gal, about her life growing up in the snowy city of Buffalo, New York in the 1970s. As I grew up in Auburn, New York, two hours away but just as snowy, I totally related to her stories of making your way through feet of snow to get anywhere.

I literally doubled over with laughter at Pedersen's skewered sense of humor about her family, friends and hometown. Now she has written a new book, Buffalo Unbound, telling why Buffalo is such a great city
Nov 10, 2010 rated it liked it
Laura Pedersen's first autobiographical novel Buffalo Gal was about growing up in Buffalo in the 70's. Buffalo Unbound is an extension of that book. Buffalo Gal is an excellent book but does not have to be read before Buffalo Unbound. Buffalo Unbound contains a number of short stories about a variety of topics. Buffalo is finally coming out of the depression caused by the steel and car industries and is starting to thrive again. The new booming industries include: health care, banking and educa ...more
Nov 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
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This is the 2nd book I have read by this auther. The 1st was "Buffalo Gal." This author is quickly becoming one of my favorites. Both of her books are based on her growing up experiences in Buffalo, NY. Her 1st book is really a memoir of her childhood. The 2nd is almost a travel guide to all things Buffalo, past and present. You would think that a travel guide would be boring. This book is not. She presents Buffalo, its eccentricies and glories, as seen by an insider who loves her hometown. Her ...more
Jan 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
I recently read "Buffalo Gal" by the same author and liked it, but this book was much better. This is great for anyone at all who is from Buffalo or is coming to Buffalo and who wants to know the highpoints of all the good things about the area from someone who really is a true native. The book is hilarious as well as informative. It has just enough historical background without being boring and all kinds of tidbits that even a native may not know. I wasn’t crazy about she wrapped things up, but ...more
Aug 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
A great book for learning about Buffalo from someone who grew up in the area. There seemed to be many inside jokes that I felt left out of since I have only lived here since attending college. There was little organization to the book but it didn't matter too much. Don't expect the book to read as a guide book for tourists. This mainly sheds light on the interesting history of everyday Buffalo that we take for granted.
Feb 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
What fun to read about growing up in Buffalo (Amherst actually) and to name drop restaurants, stores, historical sites, etc. Fun book for reminiscing for those of us who have moved beyond Western NY.
Oct 23, 2010 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book and the author's humor. It made me proud to be from Buffalo. I thought she left out a lot of the bad things about Buffalo and only concentrated on the good, but I suppose that was the point. All in all, I liked it. I wasn't life changing or anything, but it was enjoyable :)
Oct 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
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This was one of my First Reads wins and I wasn't sure what to expect. I am not really interested in Buffalo for any reason. That being said, I really enjoyed this book! Laura Pedersen's writing style is witty and engaging and I hope she writes more!
Aug 19, 2010 marked it as to-read
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She'll be at my store in October and I'm looking forward to reading it beforehand. Got a bunch of ar's in the store.
Mar 19, 2011 rated it liked it
Long-winded at times, but Pedersen provides enough humor in her anecdotes and asides, plus some interesting tidbits about my current city, to make this a pretty good read.
Sep 17, 2012 rated it liked it
The book was full of facts and also full of her superfluous personal stories.This book is for people who don't know much about Buffalo and want to learn.
Jan 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Laura Pedersen was born in Buffalo, New York (one of "God's frozen people") in 1965, at the height of The Folk Music Scare. (For details of misspent youth see essay at 'Is there a Nurse in the Church?'). After finishing high school in 1983 she moved to Manhattan and began working on The American Stock Exchange, a time when showing up combined with basic computation skills could be parlayed into a ...more