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Goat Song: A Seasonal Life, a Short History of Herding, and the Art of Making Cheese (Paperback)

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If you think this is one of those urban-couple-heads-for-the-country-and-creates-an-idyllic-pastoral-life-and-makes-it-sound-easy, you’d be a little bit right.
But this is so much more than that.

Kessler, a novelist, brings a literary sensibility to this memoir that, beyond acquiring a few goats and learning to make cheese, touches on the pastoral songs of herders, the teamwork involved in haying, Thomas Merton, monastery bells and the sex life of goats!

~Jill

— From Jill's favorites

June 2009 Indie Next List


“When writer Brad Kessler and his photographer wife leave successful Manhattan lives for the country to raise goats and make cheese, the adventure begins. And what an adventure it is. I loved this book!”
— Jackie Blem, Tattered Cover Bookstore, Denver, CO

Description


Goat Song is the story of a year in the life of a couple who abandoned their one-bedroom apartment in New York City to live on seventy-five acres in Vermont and raise Nubian goats. In poetic, reverent detail, Brad Kessler explores our ancient relationship to the land and our gradual alienation from the animals that feed us. His fascinating account traces his journey of choosing the goats and learning how to breed, milk, and care for them. As Kessler begins to live the life of a herder, he encounters the pastoral roots of so many aspects of Western culture--how our diet, our alphabet, our religions, poetry, and economy all grew out of a pastoralist setting, a life lived among hoofed animals.

Praise For…


“A wonderous little miracle of a book.”--Tom Ashbrook, National Public Radio

"Goat Song offers a meditation on the pastoral life…that will make an urbanite regret having missed the experience.”— The Wall Street Journal

"The writing is so beautiful you want to reread sentences to savor it."--San Francisco Chronicle

"A multi-layered, smart, erudite, and incredibly well written book."--Christian Science Monitor

Product Details
ISBN: 9781416561002
ISBN-10: 1416561005
Publisher: Scribner Book Company
Publication Date: June 8th, 2010
Pages: 246
Language: English