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Goat Song: A Seasonal Life, a Short History of Herding, and the Art of Making Cheese by Brad Kessler
Goat Song: A Seasonal Life, a Short History of Herding, and the Art of Making Cheese

jessgates, March 2, 2010

Admittedly, I have a goat thing. I have always loved goats. I could spend hours at the country fair with the 4-H goats and don't even get me started on fainting goats. Brilliant. This book jumped off the shelf, speaking directly to me. It is a wonderful story about a return to pastoralism and communion with nature, food and animals. It does get a bit flowery at times, moving from a great story in to a dreamy poetic trance. It comes back though. A great read for anyone who wants to feel a connection with their food. And bonus, it is about goats!
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The Lovely Bones: Deluxe Edition by Alice Sebold
The Lovely Bones: Deluxe Edition

jessgates, January 1, 2010

I am not very good with book reviews, but I was so moved by the telling of how a dead girl manages to "come of age." The framework is horrific and tragic. I read this book before I had children of my own but it still managed to strike a chord with me. I found myself between sympathy for how failed and human everyone is and a maternal drive to somehow protect the characters in the novel. I generally avoid books that could be seen as depressing for the sake of art, but this was a beautiful telling of layers of grief and the grieving process, satisfaction, growth and the muddy mess that is life.
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