MORRISONVILLE - The milestone of turning 50 can make a person do many things. And, in Samantha T. Rigsbee's case, it led her to write a book about her own experience adapting to the North Country.
Rigsbee recently released her first book, an autobiographical piece titled "A Year in the Country." The 177-page novella focuses on the author's first year in the Adirondack region, raising her two children while her husband was stationed in Rhode Island with the U.S. Navy in July 2004.
"My husband, Jay, always wanted to settle here," said Rigbsee, noting her husband's family is from West Chazy. "So, when the house came up for sale, we bought it."
The book chronicles Rigbee's life month by month over a one-year period, beginning with settling into her new dream home and all the quirks that come with it. Leaky ceilings and frozen pipes are among the challenges Rigbsee faces, in addition to coping with a mother with Alzheimer's disease, the death of her father-in-law and having to put their beloved family Bassett hound, Barkley, to sleep.
"It's basically about the different things that happen to me," explained Rigsbee. "It's learning about living on a mountain in the cold, cold country and, through a woman's eyes, learning the ways of country living."
"It's sort of a city girl moves to the country kind of thing," she added, "even though I'm not literally a city girl. It's just there were many things I found interesting about living here."
Through her book, Rigsbee makes observations about nature and her own experience becoming more in tune with a higher power.
"It's a memoir of my year of trials and tribulations learning country life, as well as about my handling family crises and getting closer to God through nature," she explained.
Rigsbee's inspiration for writing the book came partly from her son, Chris, who knew his mother wanted to one day write a book.