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What do you do when you love your farm . . . but it doesn’t love you? After fifteen years of farming, Catherine Friend is tired. After all, while shepherding is one of the oldest professions, it’s not getting any easier. The number of sheep in America has fallen by 90 percent in the last ninety years. But just as Catherine thinks it’s time to hang up her shepherd’s crook, she discovers that sheep might be too valuable to give up. What ensues is a funny, thoughtful romp through the history of our woolly friends, why small farms are important, and how each one of us—and the planet—would benefit from being very sheepish, indeed.

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"In this follow-up to her first memoir, Hit by a Farm, Friend details the challenges of balancing a writing career with sheep farming in southeastern Minnesota, where she lives with her partner, Melissa. As she ponders the content and meaning of her life, Friend regales readers with funny and fascinating tales of daily life on a farm, from the humor and peril unique to sheep shearing to viewing death as 'part of the job.' Tidbits on sheep in history and literature add color; for example, the author argues that sheepherding is actually the oldest profession and points out the animals' presence in our language, via expressions like 'fleeced' and 'dyed in the wool.' Her voice is wry and funny; she's self-deprecating and thoughtful, and strikes a balance between teasing and kindness, whether her subject is pregnant sheep, yarn-loving 'fiber freaks,' or spirituality and nature. (May)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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From the author of Hit By a Farm--a "charming memoir...[with]magical moments" (New York Times Book Review)--comes a hilarious solution to the planet's environmental woes: sheep!

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What do you do when you love your farm…but it doesn't love you? After fifteen years of farming, Catherine Friend is tired. After all, while shepherding is one of the oldest professions, it's not getting any easier. The number of sheep in America has fallen by 90 percent in the past ninety years. But just as Friend thinks it's time to hang up her shepherd's crook, she discovers that sheep--and the small farms on which they live--might be too valuable to give up.

About the Author

Catherine Friend is the author of Hit by a Farm and The Compassionate Carnivore, as well as seven children’s books and three novels. She farms in Minnesota with her partner of twenty-eight years.

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Denise Morland, June 6, 2011 (view all comments by Denise Morland)
Sheepish continues the wild , sheep farming tales started in Hit By a Farm. Catherine and her partner Melissa are still living on the farm, but beginning to struggle making ends meet. Their bodies are protesting the heavy farm labor and Catherine still questions her commitment to the farm. But everytime doubts arise there is a warm, cuddly lamb to be bottle fed or some heroic friend stops by to help out. Catherine uses this latest installment in their farming adventures to explore the idea of middles. Why is the middle of something so hard to get through? In the middle of her farm life, in the middle of her relationship, and in the middle of her life she feels marooned, unsure of what she wants and which direction to head in. As in Hit By a Farm, Catherine intersperses hilarious sheep and duck stories with serious reflection on her life and emotions. She also examines her relationship with the environment trying to reconcile her desire to be good to the earth with an utter lack of the shear time and energy required to recycle, compost, and reuse every possible thing. In the end, of course, the answer comes back to sheep.

I just love Catherine Friend's non-fiction! She is so down to earth, honest about her faults, and downright funny! Her stories of life on the farm with her tough and stubborn partner are ultimately so heart warming that you can't help but want her to make things work. Her foray into the world of fiber freaks gave me a new, if skeptical appreciation for wool and knitting. I ended this book feeling like I had reconnected with old friends and was pleased to see them doing so well. I will recommend this book to every animal lover, eco freak, knitter, and person just looking for a good laugh.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780306818448
Author:
Friend, Catherine
Publisher:
Da Capo Lifelong Books
Subject:
Animals
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection - General
Subject:
Animals - General
Subject:
Biography-Farmers and Ranchers
Subject:
Agriculture & Animal Husbandry
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20110431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
280
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In this follow-up to her first memoir, Hit by a Farm, Friend details the challenges of balancing a writing career with sheep farming in southeastern Minnesota, where she lives with her partner, Melissa. As she ponders the content and meaning of her life, Friend regales readers with funny and fascinating tales of daily life on a farm, from the humor and peril unique to sheep shearing to viewing death as 'part of the job.' Tidbits on sheep in history and literature add color; for example, the author argues that sheepherding is actually the oldest profession and points out the animals' presence in our language, via expressions like 'fleeced' and 'dyed in the wool.' Her voice is wry and funny; she's self-deprecating and thoughtful, and strikes a balance between teasing and kindness, whether her subject is pregnant sheep, yarn-loving 'fiber freaks,' or spirituality and nature. (May)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,
From the author of Hit By a Farm--a "charming memoir...[with]magical moments" (New York Times Book Review)--comes a hilarious solution to the planet's environmental woes: sheep!
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What do you do when you love your farm…but it doesn't love you? After fifteen years of farming, Catherine Friend is tired. After all, while shepherding is one of the oldest professions, it's not getting any easier. The number of sheep in America has fallen by 90 percent in the past ninety years. But just as Friend thinks it's time to hang up her shepherd's crook, she discovers that sheep--and the small farms on which they live--might be too valuable to give up.
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