About the book: It’s been fifteen years since Catherine Friend left her quiet, urban existence and became the proud (if not slightly terrified) owner of two ducks, four goats, fifty sheep, and several acres of Minnesota farmland. Now, caught in a chronic love/hate relationship with her flock, Friend reevaluates life on the farm and discovers that her sheep—and sheep around the world—may be much more important than anyone gives them credit for. Told with the same warmth and charm that characterized her fist memoir, Hit by a Farm, Sheepish: Two Women, Fifty Sheep, and Enough Wool to Save the Planet interweaves Friend’s personal anecdotes—everything from her unhealthy fascination with knitting and how she overcomes a brief passion for the Facebook game “Farmville,” to the perils of unauthorized sheep breeding and shearing day adventures—with insights into the environmental impact of sheep and everything they produce. Discover the advantages of having sheep as the planet’s “self-propelled lawn mowers” and the scary truth behind “wrinkle free” clothing as Friend reveals what it really means to be “Sheepish”—and how it might not be such a bad thing after all.
About the author: A former ‘city girl,’ Friend lives on a small farm in southeastern Minnesota, where she and her wife Melissa raise sheep and cattle. She writes adult nonfiction, fiction, and children’s books. She was awarded a Loft/McKnight Artist Fellowship for Writers, and her adult adventure novels have won awards from the Golden Crown Literary Society and the Independent Book Publishers Association. Friend has a M.S. in Economics and a B.A. in Economics and Spanish. She does chores, teaches writing workshops, and speaks at libraries, yarn shops and fiber festivals, professional organizations, and schools. She’s discovered that farm chores and snowshoes make Minnesota winters bearable, and is especially proud she’s learned how to take the wool from her sheeps’ backs and knit it into very cool socks. Also by Catherine Friend: The Compassionate Carnivore won the Minnesota Book Award in General Nonfiction. Friend tackles the carnivore's dilemma, exploring the contradictions, nuances, questions, and bewildering choices facing today's more conscious meat-eaters. The Compassionate Carnivore is "perfect for people who would like to eat meat but have moral, ethical, or health concerns about doing so" (Marion Nestle, What to Eat). Based on her own personal struggle, Friend's original, witty take on the meat and livestock debates shows consumers how they can be healthy and humane carnivores, too. Hit by a Farm, was selected by the Minneapolis Star Tribune as one of the best books of 2006. The memoir is a hilarious recounting of Catherine and Melissa's trials of "getting back to the land." It is also a coming-of (middle)-age story of a woman trying to cross the divide between who she is and who she wants to be, and the story of a couple who say "goodbye city life" -- and learn more than they ever bargained for about love, land, and yes, sheep sex. The Perfect Nest, her children’s picture book, was chosen by the Wall Street Journal as one of five best ‘read alouds,’ and was nominated for numerous state reading awards. It's the perfect read-aloud! A flustered cat is on the verge of crying fowl in a farmyard story that will crack kids up. Calendar
Location: Street: 162 W 2nd St City: Winona, Province: Minnesota Postal Code: 55987 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)