Sunday, May 24, 2015

Still Life with Chickens by Catherine Goldhammer

The Chicken-Driven Life  (Memoir)

Still Life with Chickens by Catherine Goldhammer is a memoir about a woman who divorces and must sell her home in an upscale neighborhood.  She buys a smaller home (which probably still cost twice as much my home) on a six-mile peninsula on the Massachusetts coast where she begins a new life with her daughter, massive renovations, and chickens.

Like the title suggests, chickens play a major role in this book: the care, the coop, the eggs, the money, the time commitment, as well as the responsibilities that come with ownership. And while, in general, I have no great interest in chickens, nor do I have a desire to bring any home (except the roasted kind), I did find interest in these chickens and Catherine’s story about starting over. I liked her energy, enthusiasm, and “go-get-em” attitude.  I enjoyed this brief memoir about hope and determination…..and chickens.

Update: My sister read it too, and really liked it!

This book met two of my 2015 Book Challenges:  Read a memoir; read a book about animals. 

Happy Reading,


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