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About the Author

Michelle Kennedy Hogan is the unschooling mother of 8 children and the author of 14 books. Her 2005 award-winning memoir, "Without a Net: Middle Class and Homeless (With Children)," was published by Viking and named one of the top 10 books of 2005 by a number of publications. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, Salon.com, Redbook, Family Circle and on National Public Radio. She is available for speaking engagements and can be reached through her website: mishahogan.com

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  • File Size: 269 KB
  • Print Length: 158 pages
  • Publisher: In a Shoe Press (October 15, 2010)
  • Publication Date: October 15, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0047GMH0Y
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I am the author of 16 books, nine of them about parenting issues, two memoirs, a novel and a few others. I am the unschooling mom of 8 kids, ages 2-23. Visit me online at http://www.mishahogan.com

I love to travel and speak to different groups on how to live on less, homestead, live off-the-grid, unschool your kids, and deal with homelessness.

In my 40 + years on Earth, I have been a waitress, bartender, nursing assistant, tour guide for Ben and Jerry's, restaurant owner, farmer, dog musher, bread-baker, and page in the U.S. Senate...a few other things too.

My publishing credits include: FamilyFun Magazine, Family Circle, Redbook, The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, Salon.com, Brain, Child Magazine, NPR, and many other publications.

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I don't have kids but that didn't stop me from enjoying and learning from A Fine Mess: Living Simply With Children. I love memoirs, simple living books, and homesteading tales. A Fine Mess hits on all three. Though she references another favorite of mine - Helen and Scott Nearing's Living the Simple Life - Hogan's family hasn't gone completely off the grid by any means. Instead, her story is one of living more thoughtfully while still being part of the modern world. There's plenty of valuable advice any of us can benefit from. The book is well written with a friendly, engaging tone. Highly recommended.
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I was invited to write a review for an upcoming book by fellow blogger, Michelle Kennedy Hogan a while ago. Her title peaked my curiosity, "A Fine Mess: Living and Parenting Simpler, Greener, Cheaper and Wiser," because this is my own mission -- to help my children and me to live simply, albeit the mess maybe. My favorite quote from the book is: "In the effort is the example, I believe." And so I leave this with you as you contemplate Michelle's new book.

She starts out by asking a few questions: What does money mean to my family? And what is our definition of success? Or how does one go from "making a living to making a life?" These are all questions I've already asked myself, but if I am honest haven't really answered. But Michelle does.

A large part of the book speaks to green and inexpensive ways to raise a baby. Even a checklist on how to save money with a newborn and all the stuff they seem to need. At one point I started to get discouraged with all the nurturing, inspirational advice that I wished I'd had when I was pregnant. Where was this book then?! But don't despair if your kids are over five, as mine are, there are other fabulous insights shared on living your core values and raising kids simply, like eating well and instilling work ethic and joy of learning in the children.

There's a wonderful section on self-employment and creating multiple streams of income for yourself. As I read it I had my own list going and I'm happy to report I quickly came up with 20 products or services I could sell at our local Saturday/Farmer's Market.

She neatly parries the thrusts of "But I don't have enough money to start my own business" with multiple examples of small businesses I'd never thought of that could be run on a "shoestring" to start out.
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This was well-written and an enjoyable read about living simply in Vermont (with principles that can be applied anywhere) and finding out that you don't need more money to be happy.
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I liked the overall message in the book and many of the stories were entertaining - an easy read and the book kept my interest. The reason I give it three stars is that there were several typos and a numbered list that just sort of appeared out of nowhere. In some chapters, the writing seemed like a first draft and it just didn't seem to flow. I think it could have been better with some further editing. I'd still recommend it for the content - if weak editing won't totally annoy you.
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This book was great! I am a sucker for simple living books but it kept me wanting more... I was sad that I had to put it down because it was finished. Great book if you are living in the city or a suburbanite and thinking of moving beyond...
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