A fabulous one-two literary punch, BUFFALO GAL has the historical sensibility of Russell Baker's GROWING UP combined with the sharp humor of Augusten Burroughs' RUNNING WITH SCISSORS. The 8th largest city in the country in 1901, known for its beauty and progress, blizzard prone Buffalo had slipped to 36th place by the end of the century, with one-third of its citizens on public assistance. Due to its heavy ethnic mix, Catholic majority, and close proximity to Canada, the city was a flash point for race riots, anti-war protests, abortion rallies, bingo, bowling, and Friday night fish frys. Join the Pedersens as they survive separation, stagflation, the energy crisis, and President Jimmy Carter's boozy chain smoking brother marketing his own line of "Billy" beer. (BUFFALO GAL available in stores October 2008.)