Pulling Down the Barn eloquently recalls author Anne-Marie Oomen´s personal journey as she discovers herself an outsider on her family farm located in western Michigan´s Oceana County, in the township of Elbridge - a couple hundred acres in the middle of rural America. Written as a series of heartfelt interlocking narratives, this collection of essays portrays the realities of farm life: haying, picking asparagus and cherries, the machinery of tractors and pickers; but each chapter also touches upon the more ethereal and rarely articulated: the stoic love that permeates a family, the farmer´s struggle with identity, and the way land can shape a childhood. With its rich language and style, Pulling Down the Barn engrosses the listener in Oomen´s memories - setting beauty and wonder against work and loss - and paints a poignant portrait of growing up in rural Michigan. Winner of the Michigan Notable Book Awards. The book is published by Wayne State University Press. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michelle Babb. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/044570/bk_acx0_044570_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Anne-Marie Oomen uses a wealth of vivid language and personal details to bring scenes from her childhood on a family farm to life in House of Fields. Yet the focus of this book shifts away from the daily activities of the farm, which Oomen presented in Pulling Down the Barn, to life outside its boundaries, as she explores the complex meaning of ´´education´´ in all of its rural forms. Oomen´s description of the farmhouse where she grew up becomes the central image for this collection of essays. Within this context, Oomen examines memories from her formal education, which began during the final years of the one-room school era then shifted to the ´´consolidated´´ schools of the late 1950s and 1960s and to a parochial school system. Struggles with reading, first friendships, early loves, and contradictory educational models are coupled with the challenges of coming of age and the ups and downs of an emotional education between mother and daughter. Winner of the Michigan Notable Book Awards. The book is published by Wayne State University Press. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sally Martin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/052848/bk_acx0_052848_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This is an Aesop fable about a mean dog who wanders onto a farm where he does not belong. He sees the farmer in the dell driving his tractor. The farmer and an ox are pulling out an old tree stump. The mean dog decides to hide in the barn until sunset. What do you think will happen next? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Serg Salinas. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/142691/bk_acx0_142691_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Jennifer McGaha never expected to own a goat named Merle. Or to be setting Merle up on dates and naming his doeling Merlene. She didn´t expect to be buying organic yogurt for her chickens. She never thought she would be pulling camouflage carpet off her ceiling or rescuing opossums from her barn and calling it ´´date night.´´ Most importantly, Jennifer never thought she would only have $4.57 in her bank account. When Jennifer discovered that she and her husband owed back taxes - a lot of back taxes - her world changed. Now desperate to save money, they foreclosed on their beloved suburban home and moved their family to a 100-year-old cabin in a North Carolina holler. Soon enough, Jennifer´s life began to more closely resemble the lives of her Appalachian ancestors than the life she experienced in her middle class upbringing. But what started as a last-ditch effort to settle debts became a journey that revealed both the joys and challenges of living close to the land. Told with bold wit, unflinching honesty, and a firm foot in the traditions of Appalachia, Flat Broke with Two Goats blends stories of homesteading with the journey of two people rediscovering the true meaning of home. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Pam Ward. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/009183/bk_tant_009183_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Barns are burning in Amish author Linda Byler´s second book in the Lancaster Burning series, and no one knows who´s doing it or why. Can Sarah Beiler end the terror that is pulling apart her community, even as her own heart is pulled between two young men? Sarah Beiler´s barn was the first to burn, and it was quickly followed by two other barn fires. The entire Amish community is on edge and wrestling with how they should respond to these seemingly random crimes. Sarah thinks Ashley, whom she´s learned to know at the local farmers market, knows more about the fires than she will admit. But Sarah can´t convince her to share her secrets. Should the Amish consider police protection, as Sarah´s cousin, Melvin, insists, or should the community continue to follow their traditional peaceful approach to violence, as Sarah´s father, Davey, the local minister, counsels? Then another barn burns, this one more devastating than any other, and the community again rallies around the distressed family. Even in the midst of this chaos, life must go on for Sarah and her family. But now it feels as if nothing is normal. The local Amish school board asks Sarah to take over teaching a school where the students are out of control. How will she handle obstinate Amish kids and their defensive parents? Matthew is asking if the Amish church is the right fit for him. Will Sarah follow him if he decides to leave the community? Sarah´s mother can´t stay out of it and keeps urging Sarah to pay more attention to Lee, the well-behaved Amish man,who helps anyone in the community in need. How will Sarah respond to all of the forces that are pulling her in different directions? She is Davey´s daughter, after all, raised to love and respect the long-held traditions of her people. But will the outside forces become so great that she gives up her parents´ ways and decides to leave her community? Will her father agree to police protection for the vulnerable Amish farmers, especially for 1. Language: English. Narrator: Erin Moon. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/022821/bk_adbl_022821_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
New York Times best-selling author Nancy Thayer never fails to imbue her novels with warmth and wisdom. In Summer Breeze,the author of Beachcombers and Heat Wave tells the wonderfully moving story of three women who forge a unique bond one sun-drenched summer on New England´s Dragonfly Lake. Morgan O´Keefe feels trapped in a gilded cage. True, the thirty-year-old mother agreed to put her science career on hold to raise her young son while her husband pursued his high-powered job. But though Morgan loves many things about staying home with her child, she misses the thrill of working with her colleagues in the lab. She´s restless and in dire need of a change. Fed up with New York City´s hectic pace, Natalie Reynolds takes up her aunt´s offer to move to the Berkshires and house-sit her fabulous lakeside house for a year. Passionate about applying brush to canvas, Natalie is poised to become the artist she has forever longed to be. But life on Dragonfly Lake is never without surprises, and for a novice swimmer like Natalie, the most welcome surprise proves to be the arms of a handsome neighbor pulling her up from the water for a gulp of air. When her mother breaks her leg, Bella Barnaby quits her job in Austin and returns home to help out her large, boisterous family. Among her new duties: manning the counter at the family business, Barnaby´s Barn, an outdated shop sorely in need of a makeover. While attractive architect Aaron has designs on her, Bella harbors long held secret dreams of her own. Summer on Dragonfly Lake is ripe for romance, temptation, and self-discovery as the lives of these three women unexpectedly intertwine. Summer Breeze illustrates how the best of friends can offer comfort, infuriate, or even - sometimes - open one´s eyes to the astonishing possibilities of life lived in a different way. This captivating novel displays a prestigiously gifted writer at the height of her storytell 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kimberly Farr. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/003100/bk_rand_003100_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.