What books caught my eye this week as it passed over the library counter and under the scanner? Two memoirs - both about getting back to the basics - in one way or another....
Sheepish. Two Women, Fifty Sheep & Enough Wool to Save the Planet by Catherine Friend. I loved the cover.
From the publisher DeCapo:
"What do you do when you love your farm . . . but it doesn’t love you? After fifteen years of farming, Catherine Friend is tired. After all, while shepherding is one of the oldest professions, it’s not getting any easier. The number of sheep in America has fallen by 90 percent in the last ninety years. But just as Catherine thinks it’s time to hang up her shepherd’s crook, she discovers that sheep might be too valuable to give up. What ensues is a funny, thoughtful romp through the history of our woolly friends, why small farms are important, and how each one of us—and the planet—would benefit from being very sheepish, indeed."
Next up was The Year of Learning Dangerously - Adventures in Homeschooling by Quinn Cummings.
From the publisher Penguin Books:
"Think homeschooling is only for a handful of eccentrics on either end of the
political spectrum? Think again. Today in America, two million primary- and
secondary-school students are homeschooled. Growing at a rate of 10 percent
annually, homeschooling represents the most dramatic change in American
education since the invention of the mimeograph—and the story has only just
In The Year of Learning Dangerously, popular blogger, author, and
former child actor Quinn Cummings recounts her family’s decision to wade into
the unfamiliar waters of homeschooling—despite a chronic lack of discipline,
some major gaps in academic knowledge, and a serious case of math aversion.
(That description refers to Quinn.)
Trying out the latest trends,
attending key conferences (incognito, of course), and recounting the highlights
and lowlights along the way, Quinn takes her daughter’s education into her own
hands, for better and for worse. Part memoir, part social commentary, and part
how-not-to guide, The Year of Learning Dangerously will make you laugh and make
you think. And it may or may not have a quiz at the end. OK, there isn’t a quiz.
(Over the Counter is a regular feature at A Bookworm's World. I've sadly come the realization that I cannot physically read every book that catches my interest as it crosses over my counter at the library. But... I can mention them and maybe one of them will catch your eye as well. See if your local library has them on their shelves!)