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Joan Donaldson

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in Mount Clemens, MI, The United States
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Reading and writing summarize how I spent most of my childhood, and then I married a farmer. I still love both activities, but now I must braid together reading, writing and caring for a farm, a large garden, and all the other various activities that sustain our homestead. Yet, those jobs precipitate stories that flow into both my personal essays and novels.
When I am not working, I play my harp and piece quilts for the love of color.


The Irish coined the phrase: bright spells and showers, and those words describe the fall view out my window. Brilliant red and orange sassafras leaves, tawny oaks, against a flow blue sky...then clouds darken and fling rain across my farm.
Another bright spots during the showers is a visit to our mushroom logs. I've picked several perfect shiitake mushrooms that looked like chocolate truffles a... Read more of this blog post »
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A Pebble and a Pen
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Wedded to the Land: Stories...
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The Real Pretend
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How to Make Maple Syrup
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Cooking on a Wood Stove
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Wedded to the Land by Joan Donaldson
"Each storied chapter was told in an honest, straightforward, and loving way. From start to finish, it's clear that Donaldson cherishes the "simple life," no matter what challenges or rewards it brings; these are lessons we would all do well to tak..." Read more of this review »
Wedded to the Land by Joan Donaldson
"You can read my full review at my blog dedicated to literary fiction and memoir by women, http://readherlikeanopenbook.com.

If reading takes us places, I spent much of late 2014 and early 2015 in western Michigan, a place I’ve never been and know..." Read more of this review »
Wedded to the Land by Joan Donaldson
"I greatly enjoyed the small book of essays based on Joan Donaldson's life on a Michigan blueberry farm. Her descriptions of the land, the animals and the people in her family and community give a good sense of life in this part of the world. She u..." Read more of this review »
A Stranger On My Land by Sandra Merville Hart
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In A Stranger on My Land by Sandra Merville Hart, readers will discover a tender story and learn more about the Civil War battle that took place on Lookout Mountain near Chattanooga, Tennessee. One of this novella’s strengths is the strong sense of p ...more
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From the first pages of Chapel Springs Revival, Ane Mulligan introduces a remarkable group of characters. Readers will identify with whacky Claire Bennett and her thoughtful, closest buddy, Patsy Kowalski. The scenes in the little southern coffee sho ...more
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