This is a sweet story, apparently second in a series about the women involved in a quilt shop ,though it stands alone just fine. This oneJackie says:
This is a sweet story, apparently second in a series about the women involved in a quilt shop ,though it stands alone just fine. This one is about a woman, Ivy, on the run with her kids from an abusive husband. After a couple of years of drifting, she finds a true home in the small Connecticut town of New Bern, and a job she's good at taking care of internet orders for the quilt shop. One day the shop is filmed for an upcoming television special and Ivy is accidentally caught on tape. Her husband comes after her and Ivy learns the true value of her co-workers and friends as she fights for her new life and the freedom and safety she wants for her family. This is very much a female power/bonding sort of novel, with a bit of religion mixed in without a lot of fanfare. Fans of Kate Jacobs and Earlene Fowler will certainly embrace this series whole-heartedly. It would also make a fine book club read....more
Writer Brad Kessler and his photographer wife Dona had a successful Manhattan life, but longed for the country, for fresh air and the chanJackie says:
Writer Brad Kessler and his photographer wife Dona had a successful Manhattan life, but longed for the country, for fresh air and the chance to grow their own food. At last they found the perfect place in Vermont, and decided to become dairy farmers--specifically goats. They string fencing over a 3 acre square, refab an old chicken coop into a barn, and buy their first 4 goats. And so the adventure begins. And what an adventure it is. This is a love story between human and animal, past and present, earth and food. Kessler has an eye for detail in his storytelling that lets you hear the soft "talking" of the goats, smell the hay, feel the sun on your face and the cool forest breeze on your skin. And while there is plenty of the nitty gritty of life with goats (manure and hormones, antics and worries), there is also the joy of being there when a man realizes his dream as his first tomme of cheese glistens from it's mold in perfection and promise on a warm summer night. It's the cold but mesmerizing trek through snow covered woods trying to figure out where a coyote went. It's helping your neighbors just because you can, and savoring the spice of food grown, picked and cooked with your own two hands. I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!
Joe says: To say I loved this book would be an understatement. I got angry every time I had to put it down. Really, I did. I didn't want to stop reading.
This is the story of writer Brad Kessler's journey to goatherder and cheesemaker. His writing paints a sublime picture of the pastoral joys of living off the land and communing with goats. I had no idea that goats were so interesting. Filled with great historical, linguistic and sociological detail, this is a fascinating study of not only the domestication of ungulates but their effect on many of this planet's human cultures.
Toward the end of the book, Kessler really shows his reader how the process of cheesemaking affects him. The book turns contemplative, like the monks who live on the mountain above him. Just as buying goats and making cheese was a journey for Kessler, this book is a journey for the reader. Kessler's writing is beautiful and addictive....more
This debut novel was inspired by a dream. Ransom and his wife DID move into an old birthing house in Mineral Point, WI. They DID find an oJackie says:
This debut novel was inspired by a dream. Ransom and his wife DID move into an old birthing house in Mineral Point, WI. They DID find an old sepia photograph of some of the women who lived and worked there. The dream did involve a woman with long black hair in a black dress pushing him down onto his bed. For the Ransoms, the nightmare went away when Chris finished the book. For the couple in the book, Conrad and Joanna Harrison, the nightmare only gets worse.
This book reminded me of "The Shining" in the fact that a house, or what lives within it, comes to possess a man and drive him insane. But the writing is utterly original and completely creepy. I'm talking about checking the doors and windows and jumping at every little creak in your house as you read it creepy. The house wants life, and it goes to extraordinary means to get it. This is a very graphic book, both in violence and in sexuality. The faint of heart should not even crack the spine of this book. But those adventurous souls who enjoy the thrill of a gory ghost story will love this, especially fans of King, Koontz or Straub.
***Unchain Yourself! Please look for this great book at your local independent book store. There is a store finder at indiebound.org***...more