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Sheepish Audiobook

Sheepish: Two Women, Fifty Sheep, and Enough Wool to Save the Planet

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What do you do when you love your farm...but it doesn’t love you? After 15 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 90 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.

©2011 Catherine Friend (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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    Pam United States 12-23-14
    Pam United States 12-23-14 Member Since 2016
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    "We're all a little sheepish"

    "Sheepish" is the story of a city girl who falls in love and marries a farmer—and then falls in love with the farm. Her tale of raising sheep and learning to spin wool is touching and sometimes laugh-out-loud funny. Anyone who crafts with yarn will enjoy learning more about where wool comes from, and what farmers go through to bring it to us.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Davina Daly 04-12-16
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    "A must read fir snall farmers"

    Thiss sequel has given me the heart to keep moving forward with our farm. The anecdotes, facts and opnions are a great blens of information. Thank you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elisa SANCE 05-27-15
    Elisa SANCE 05-27-15
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    "Witty woolly wonders"

    This book was such a treat! I particularly recommend it to knitters, spinners and wool lovers alike.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jan 04-04-16
    Jan 04-04-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Fantastic!"

    Loved the story. Kept my attention and really makes me think I can live that lifestyle.

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    Marcie P. Davis Espanola, NM United States 05-17-15
    Marcie P. Davis Espanola, NM United States 05-17-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Funny and sometimes preachy"

    Great and inspiring memoir! Hilarious although a bit preachy on the wool end. I learned a lot about wool and would love to meet these preserving farmers. I resolve to be more sheepish in my life!

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    Crystal 08-31-17
    Crystal 08-31-17
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    "I love this book"

    This book is great. I have listened to it multiple times. The content is well wonderful and so is the narration. Because of this book, I am going to take a spinning class and so how I like it.

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    J. Moreno Medford, OR United States 06-03-17
    J. Moreno Medford, OR United States 06-03-17 Member Since 2011
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    "I'm Sheepish"

    Loved this book. I've been farming for 20 years and been raising fiber sheep (Gotlands and Shetland) for the last 9.i is I had discovered the joy of sheep earlier. I totally understand the ups and down so beautifully written here. Also love all the explanation of sheep related terms. What an enjoyable read. Thank you.

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    Nanciann Nowlen 02-05-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Delightful, informative"

    I loved this book... the author is honest and fun. I am a long time knitter and happily learned so much as I followed these gals lives.

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    SpinningKat Virginia 03-24-16
    SpinningKat Virginia 03-24-16 Member Since 2014
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    "I am a shepherd.. of course I love it"

    I think this book was written out of quandary the author finds herself in. She is the assistant farmer... the farm was not her dream. But she loves someone who wants to farm... so she finds herself farming Sheep, ducks, chickens... and trying to figure out how to make it work in her own mind. It is funny. and I cheer as she finally gets fiber and fiber folks. I thank the author in that I also struggle with the how's and the why's of raising sheep. I come away with renewed purpose. Now if I can get my grumbling husband and sons to lend a hand without complaining.... I need another book.

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    Amber California 09-15-15
    Amber California 09-15-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Wool conquers all"

    A lot of interesting stories. Sometimes feels like a series of essays than a memoir or story. The strongest parts are stories about farm life and history of sheep and wool. Weaker moments include Friend's solioquies on her Boomer inability to accept aging, and her frequent digs at "fiber freaks" and fiber arts in general as boring, pointless, silly and weird. I think that many of these digs are meant to be playful and all in fun but the narration makes her seem smug and superior and I found it off putting. It was hard for me to relate to her initial attitude towards things which seemed to be "I don't understand how to do that, it must be stupid" while at the same time she was disdainful of others who didn't immediately understand details of sheep husbandry and farm life. The dry narration style no doubt contributed to this impression.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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