Cottage Daze by James RossCottage Daze by James Ross

Cottage Daze

byJames Ross

Paperback | April 28, 2012

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The comfort food of cottage life books - satisfying, unforgettable, and inevitably nostalgic.

Cottage Daze celebrates life at the cottage where the cottage is the main character, and family, friends, pets, and fellow cottagers are the supporting cast. Whether writing about cottage routine ("First Ski," "Of Mice and Men," "Cottage Guests"), cottage tasks ("Splitting Wood," "Boat Launch"), nature ("A Gathering of Loons," "The Sting," "Autumn Spell"), cottage fun ("The Cottage Duel"), or cottage touchstones ("Start the Day," "Bonfire," "The Perfect Storm"), the stories are told with humour, compassion, insight, and nostalgia.

Who doesn't remember sitting in a frigid lake, trying to help a youngster get up on water skis for the first time, launching a boat while the whole world seems to be watching, or getting caught up in a nest of wasps? This collection of stories, elegantly organized into four seasons (spring, summer, autumn, and winter), will make readers laugh, cry, and long to be at the cottage a "must have" for every cottage bookshelf.

James Ross has a degree in journalism and has worked as a newspaper reporter, cowboy, mountain guide, museum curator, dogsledder, movie stuntman, animal trainer, photo double, and freelance writer. He enjoys adventures and misadventures at his Muskoka island cottage and lives in Bracebridge, Ontario.
Title:Cottage DazeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:April 28, 2012Publisher:DundurnLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1459704452

ISBN - 13:9781459704459


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cottage Daze and Still Dazed at the Cottage I bought these two books for very good friends who gladly welcome guests to their cottage. They were thrilled to receive them and couldn't wait to find a quiet time to read them.
Date published: 2014-09-08

Table of Contents

Prologue - The Writer's Life

Springtime - Back to the Cottage

1. The Opening 2. Opening Checklist

3. Of Mice and Men 4. Hello World

5. The Rescue 6. Flying Piranha

7. Game of Tapes and Ladders 8. Forever Young

9. The Breakdown and the Brat 10. What's Eating You?

11. Nature's Guardians 12. Farewell to a Cottage Friend

13. Boat Launch 14. The Robin

15. The Nesting Box 16. Time Moves On

Summertime Escape

17. Leave it to Beaver 18. First Job

19. The Perfect Storm 20. Holding the Fort

21. Death of a Dog 22. First Ski

23. Life is a Game 24. Cottage Guests

25. The Food Chain 26. Island Kingdom

27. Puppy Love 28. Lost in Translation

29. The Handyman 30. The Cottage Duel

31. A Gathering of Loons 32. The Sting

33. Who Has Seen the Wind 34. Start the Day

35. Pirates of Muskoka 36. Are You Afraid of the Dark?

37. Bonfire 38. That 70's Show

39. It's a Dog's Life 40. Cottage Renovations

41. Our Garden Patch 42. Chirpy's Diner

43. Hunting for Hidden Treasure 44. In a Fog

45. Nature's Stage

Autumn Colours

46. End of Summer 47. I'm a Lumberjack

48. Inspector Gadget 49. Splitting Wood

50. Season's Change 51. Three Men on a Dock

52. Autumn's Spell 53. To Fetch a Pail of Water

54. The Closing

In Winter Snow

55. Cottage Country Christmas 56. The End of Claus

57. Gone Skiing 58. In Stitches

59. Winter Journey 60. The Cottage Rink

61. Cottage Dreaming

Epilogue - My Happy Place

Editorial Reviews

In 160 pages this engaging journalist chronicles episodes at his Muskoka cottage. Ross's Muskoka island cottage is a place where he enjoys adventures and misadventures in all seasons. His robust sense of humour and adventure are nicely balanced with insight about nature and the human condition. - Muskoka Magazine