Storyhelix Review 025: I. T. Geek to Farm Girl Freak

I’ve alway had a fondness for memoirs. When you read one, it’s like getting to open a door into someone else’s life in secret or special moments, and seeing it through their eyes.

This one was particularly interesting, as I grew up during the Age of Information (I would say now we’re in the Age of Mis-or-Disinformation) and the IT revolution more or less happened while I decided to get my Master’s Degree in English. I think the author, S. A. Molteni, and I would have a lot in common.

In discussing her journey, Molteni begins with her career in IT, and how it came about when she was younger, in high school, and how she met her husband at school. When she was faced with the death of some of her family members, and moved several times, she decided it was time to begin her dream of owning a farm.

From there, there are a lot of personal essays on animals, living on a farm, getting new animals, saying goodbye to them, loving them as non-traditional pets, and working with a lifestyle many people in the modern age can’t imagine. Many of these were touching and some made me tear up.

My favorite story was about Winger, the handicapped turkey-pet, and I also liked the stories of Chai, which is a SUPER name for a calf! I especially appreciated the photos of her life. It really made the imagery come to life.

 

Have you read these books? Let us know what you thought in the comments below!

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