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Sheepish: Two Women, Fifty Sheep, and Enough Wool to Save the Planetby Catherine Friend
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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.
"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.
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!
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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