Attentive friends will remember that Caitlin Shetterley's mother, Susan Hand Shetterley, was here last year for an event with her memoir, Settled in the Wild. Caitlin, an NPR contributor and popular blogger, has her own story to tell in Made for You and Me. This cozy, homespun memoir blends a call to community with a daily glimpse into one family's experience of economic hardship in a faltering economy. In the spring of 2008, the couple headed west, conscious of the symbolic promise of going westward in the American mythos. Following an indirect route from Maine to California via the deep South, with two pets in tow, Shetterly describes nights in cheap motels, the adventure of the road, her unexpected delight in the state of Texas—despite her antipathy to George W. Bush—and the underhanded tactics of a corrupt moving company. There is a dangerously run-down apartment on arrival, the unexpected news of a pregnancy, a crazy neighbor upstairs, indignation at the privileges of the L.A. super-rich, the death of a beloved cat and, of course, one problem after another seeking and not finding full employment. Bruised and penniless, the couple finally decided to return home to live with Shetterly's mother in rural Maine and made the cross-country drive in reverse, finding continuing economic struggles and the rewarding challenges of family in hard times. --Kirkus Reviews (bookconscious)
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