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So Much Sky: Essays on the fun and folly of living in the country Paperback – September 8, 2011
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So Much Sky is "well-written" and "there's a lot to be enjoyed and a lot to be learned from Weir-Jimerson, a Master Gardener and apt tamer of land, child, and beast." -Kirkus Reviews
"Far from modern civilization, one can gain a different grasp on the world. So Much Sky is a collection of essays from Karen Weir-Jimerson as she reflects on her life on three acres in Iowa. So Much Sky is a fine and much recommended pick for essay collections. Highly recommended." -Midwest Book Review
About the Author
Karen Weir-Jimerson lives and gardens on three acres in rural Iowa. She and her husband live in a renovated 1903 foursquare farmhouse. Karen is a columnist for Country Gardens magazine and writes from a converted chicken house, which is her office/studio. In addition to So Much Sky, she has written numerous books on gardening.
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The author writes so well you really feel as though you have pulled up a chair to her kitchen table and been offered to sit for a spell and enjoy a cup of coffee. Its a positive book in that it revels in the simple country life, but it doesn't passby the hard work or negatives that might arise from a small country farm.
This isn't a "how to" book for country or back to the land living, it is more than that - it puts down in words what those of us who seach those other books out are looking for, the joys we find in the simple life and how it makes us feel - what we get out of it. It says to us what we feel, but aren't as talented and able to say ourselves.
Read this in the dead of winter when you are thinking about how your country life will be in another few months, read this when you just want something nice and positive to read that reflects on how you feel about your current or future life, or just read it if you are curious about country living and might like a glimpse of how someone else is doing it. I live in the country and love it, although I don't have a farm like the author does. But I just loved hearing about her life, and the people and animals in it.
Each chapter is a story in and of itself, so you can easily pick this book up for 10 minutes at a time and finish one chapter - and then pick it up again tomorrow for another visit with the author.
I am hoping she writes more, as I loved it all.
You'll follow her down the dirt path as she learns to raise sheep, orders baby chicks through the mail, cares for her horses, puts her beloved Border collies to work, and adds miniature donkeys to the mix just for fun. The essays flow smoothly from one to the next, and before you know it, you've fallen into her world of nature, noises, scents (some great, some not so great!), and sounds.
Written with wisdom and wit, you'll feel like you've become friends with the author...having a cup of coffee in the kitchen of her farmhouse. Along the way, you'll enjoy auctions, antiques, trips to Scotland (a family favorite), county fairs, growing gardens, and home improvement projects.
This is a relaxing, witty read you won't want to miss!