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Buffalo Unbound: A Celebration    by Laura Pedersen order for
Buffalo Unbound
by Laura Pedersen
Order:  USA  Can
Fulcrum, 2010 (2010)
* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

After Forbes Magazine twice ranked her home town of Buffalo as one of the ten most miserable cities in which to live, Laura Pedersen took umbrage and wrote what are considered sparkling essays about why Buffalo is one of the best places in America in which to live. It helps that she is a stand-up comedienne and can poke fun at her city and get away with it.

What came of this is a collection of essays that makes one want to move to Buffalo at once, even after having been warned about the abundance of snow. Buffaloians have learned to live with this force of nature and so could you, you reason. The pluses far outweigh the minuses.

Pedersen extols the virtues of Buffalo's citizens first and foremost. They sound like a very congenial group of residents. She writes of their history, their parks, their restaurants, their architecture, their museums, their theaters, their zoo, their art galleries, their schools, and the Native Americans who contributed to the excellence that is Buffalo even though they were forced off their tribal lands. If anything is missed, it's because I have missed it, not because Pedersen didn't single it out for praise.

Buffalo Unbound is a truly delightful book with at least one out-loud laugh a page.

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