Genre: Biography

Sheepish by Catherine Friend

After fifteen years of farming, Catherine Friend is tired. After all, while shepherding is one of the oldest professions, it’s not getting any easier. The number of sheep in America has fallen by 90 percent in the last ninety years. But just as Catherine thinks it’s time to hang up her shepherd’s crook, she discovers that sheep might be too valuable to give up. What ensues is a funny, thoughtful romp through the history of our woolly friends, why small farms are important, and how each one of us–and the planet–would benefit from being very sheepish, indeed.

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Genre: Autobiography, Biography, Staff Picks
Subjects: Farm life, Sheep ranchers, Sheep ranches, Women Farmers, Women shephards, Wool Industry

A Girl Named Zippy by Haven Kimmel

When Haven Kimmel was born in 1965, Mooreland, Indiana, was a sleepy little hamlet of three hundred people. Nicknamed “Zippy” for the way she would bolt around the house, this small girl was possessed of big eyes and even bigger ears. In this witty and lovingly told memoir, Kimmel takes readers back to a time when small-town America was caught in the amber of the innocent postwar period-people helped their neighbors, went to church on Sunday, and kept barnyard animals in their backyards.

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Genre: A, Autobiography, Biography, Book Club Kit, Staff Picks
Subjects: Biography City and town life, Girls
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