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Still Life With Chickens by Catherine Goldhammer
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Apr 27, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: biography-memoir
Read in January, 2010

What an amazing memoir! This is one of those small, quiet books that you read with an increasing sense of joy. The recently-divorced author describes her and her daughter's move from a wealthy New England suburb to a ramshackle cottage in need of repair. Sounds pretty standard, but enter the chickens! On a whim, and as a gesture towards her daughter, she acquires some baby chicks. Throughout the rest of the book (and her transition into a newly-independent single woman) the chickens take on a larger-than-life presence, requiring education into the ways and strange maladies of hens, but also educating the author and her readers on useful ways of approaching life. By turns laugh-out-loud funny, tender, and even heartbreaking, this memoir is inspiring and one that I will gladly re-read time and time again. Highly recommended.

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