Chickens in the Road: An Adventure in Ordinary Splendor by Suzanne McMinn

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Chickens in the Road: An Adventure in Ordinary Splendor Read Online Free - "It was a cold late autumn day when I brought my children to live in rural West Virginia. The farmhouse was one hundred years old, there was already snow on the ground, and the heat was sparse—as was the insulation. The floors weren't even, either. My then-twelve-year-old son walked in the door and said, 'You've brought us to this slanted little house to die.'"

Thus begins former romance writer Suzanne McMinn's wild ride into self-sustainable living halfway up a hill on one of the most remote dirt roads in West Virginia, with a cast including her children, an enigmatic partner, the "rural neighborhood" of quirky characters, and a whole slew of ridiculous and uncooperative farm animals. An unlikely adventurer, the suburban-born-and-bred author tackles one daunting challenge after another on her new forty-acre farm, from hatching chickens and milking a cow to herding sheep and making her own cheese. Whether she's trying to convince a goat to accept its baby or just get her ornery neighbor to move over and let her pass on the road, every page of her adventure is fraught with laughter, passion, drama, and the risk of losing it all before she figures out why she's doing it in the first place. And when she does lose it all, she discovers a triumph she never expected—along with the truth for which she'd been searching all along.

Title : Chickens in the Road: An Adventure in Ordinary Splendor
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ISBN : 0062223704
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 320 pages


Jaylia3 rated it ★★★★★

October 07, 2013

Sometimes books written by people with blogs are just cobbled together posts--not so with Chickens in the Road, maybe because Suzanne McMinn wrote romance novels before she chucked her suburban housewife existence for life on a farm, so she knows how to tell a story. After her marriage ended Suza...

Tressa rated it ★★★★★

December 04, 2013

I've been following Suzanne McMinn's homesteading blog for several years, and looked forward to reading this and having some gaps filled in about how she found herself on a farm in West Virginia, and to learn how she was truly coping with all the hard work. She is a wonderful, poignant writer, so...

MJ rated it ★★★★★

November 01, 2013

I have read a few different memoirs along these lines - woman decides to change her life in a drastic way, get rid of excess and back to her roots etc. Most of them have been really mediocre, essentially published diaries better left in a drawer. "Chickens in the Road" is a totally different book...

Ann rated it ★★★★★

July 31, 2014

As a novelist, I'm in awe of this book. Nonfiction, for me, is pure work. Give me fiction any day. One of the best memoirs I've read in forever! Ms. McMinn reminded me just what I'm made of and what I can accomplish. The recipes in the back are just a bonus. Everyone should read this book.

Lormac rated it ★★☆☆☆

April 20, 2015

Women can probably be divided into two groups when confronted with a failed marriage, three teenage children and a shaky financial foundation - the group who decides that this would be the perfect time to learn how to run a farm in the middle of nowhere where not only is there no paved drive, the...

Cindy rated it ★★★★☆

January 04, 2016

Very easy to read memoir of life on a farm when you don't really know what you are doing. I gave it 4 stars because she could have done more writing about the farm and things that happened and less about her relationship with 52, though I know it had to be addressed because direction changed on t...

Ellen rated it ★★★★☆

January 04, 2014

Chickens in the Road is the story of a divorced woman with three children who is trying to find herself. She starts a popular blog (by the same name as the book), and her online business grows along with her interests in self sufficiency. She starts a farm in an almost geographically impossible l...

Kristen rated it ★★☆☆☆

August 04, 2014

I was expecting a book about a woman finding herself on her farm. But it's about a woman who puts up with a verbally/emotionally abusive boyfriend for WAY TOO LONG because she wants to stay on her farm. For the first 90% of the book I wanted to slap both the author and her shitty boyfriend (refer...

Kathy (Bermudaonion) rated it ★★★★☆

December 25, 2015

3.75 stars

Susan rated it ★★★★★

August 16, 2016

Suzanne McMinn wants to live on a farm. That fact that she has no idea how to manage a farm and grew up outside Washington DC does not deter her, so after her divorce she moves herself and her three children to a farm in West Virginia, where her father spent his early years. This is the story of h...

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