Field Notes

A City Girl's Search for Heart and Home in Rural Nova Scotia

Book Description

Sara Jewell has collected lots of addresses—sixteen in total—including four in Vancouver, British Columbia, and three in her hometown of Cobourg, Ontario. But there was one address that always remained constant: Pugwash Point Road in rural Nova Scotia. She was nine years old the first time her family vacationed in the small fishing village about an hour from the New Brunswick border, and the red soil stained her heart. Life, as it's wont to do, eventually took Jewell away from the east coast. But when her marriage and big-city life started to crumble, she only wanted one thing: a fresh start in Pugwash.


Field Notes includes forty-one essays on the differences, both subtle and drastic, between city life and country living. From curious neighbours and unpredictable weather to the reality of roadkill and the wonders of wildlife, award-winning narrative journalist Sara Jewell strikes the perfect balance between honest self-examination and humorous observation.


Accented with five original drawings from Joanna Close.

About Jewell, Sara

Sara Jewell is an award-winning narrative journalist whose articles and essays have been published in newspapers and magazines across Canada; she is a frequent contributor to Saltscapes and the United Church Observer magazines. Her “Field Notes” column, which was an Atlantic Community Newspaper Awards finalist in 2013, appears bi-weekly in the Citizen-Record newspaper. Born and raised in Ontario, Sara received her Arts and Education degrees from Queen's University, then supported her freelance writing by working as a radio newscaster, substitute teacher, and a lay worship leader. Sara now lives near Port Howe, Nova Scotia, with her husband, mother, a dog, two cats, and a flock of chickens.