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Memoirs are an interesting type of book. They not only give you a glimpse into an individual’s view of the world, but they can paint a picture of how things were in times past. At Home in Dogwood Mudhole is a memoir style book that I recently was sent for review from Franklin Sanders from At Home in Dogwood Mudhole.
About At Home in Dogwood Mudhole
At Home in Dogwood Mudhole is actually planned as 3 separate volumes which pull together 17 years of rambling writings by Franklin Sanders to his readers of The Moneychanger, a newsletter the family published. The reader walks along side the family as they make the transition to a a homesteading lifestyle.
During the transition to their new lifestyle, Franklin and Susan Sanders acquire many different animals ( dogs, chickens, horses, cows, pigs, ducks and sheep) as well as see their grown children move to Dogwood Mudhole to create a multigenerational farm.
For this review, we were sent Volume 1, Nothing That Eats which is 379 pages and available in paperback for $22.95, or ebook formats Kindle, ePub, or PDF for $16.95. I would consider this title to be of most interest for adults, although some high school students with an interest in living a homesteading lifestyle might enjoy it as well.
Franklin Sanders has authored hundreds of articles on money, markets and metals, alternative health, the Christian life and more. You can see many of these on The Moneychanger website.
My Thoughts on At Home in Dogwood Mudhole
While I might quickly categorize At Home in Dogwood Mudhole as a memoir, it has a slightly different feel as the book is more like a reprint of a diary than the author reflecting on times long past in one fell swoop. Franklin includes photos sprinkled throughout the writing to help the reader make a connection with his family or at least see what it is he is writing about.
Having grown up in the deep South, I had a real appreciation for all of the Southern history shared in many of his posts. While being part of a reenactment is not my personal cup of tea, I do see a real value for those events and applaud those who dedicate their time and resources to bringing history to life.
I also could see how their family could make the transition to a more self-sufficient lifestyle through the act of homesteading. While our family is currently in a ‘suburban’ setting on just over an acre, my husband has a real yearning to have a ‘mini farm’ with plenty of produce and farm animals like chickens, too. I suspect you almost can’t live the farming lifestyle without a gaggle of animals, especially trusty dogs.
Although I often enjoy memoir style books, this one was a challenge for me to read. Even with the connections I could feel with the author, it just did not ‘call’ to me begging to be read more and more. Instead, I read small snippets daily on a semi-forced schedule to get it done. I have to admit that some were more enjoyable, especially the ones on Southern history. But, others just didn’t resonate with me as much. While I might not be a vocal promoter of this series, I can see others who feel a call to living a more simple life with a homesteading slant enjoying this title.
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