Book Reviews of Still Life with Chickens : Starting Over in a House by the Sea

Still Life with Chickens : Starting Over in a House by the Sea
Still Life with Chickens Starting Over in a House by the Sea
Author: Catherine Goldhammer
ISBN-13: 9781594630255
ISBN-10: 1594630259
Publication Date: 4/20/2006
Pages: 192
Rating:
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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4.1 stars, based on 23 ratings
Publisher: Hudson Street Press
Book Type: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 4
this was a wonderful book with a touching mother/daughter story in it. it also dealt with how people deal with divorce and change. heart warming.
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This book is a charming and quirky memoir. The author writes in a comical & at times sarcastic way & you'll find yourself chuckling along with her. I found myself looking forward to being able to sit down and read more of this tale!

As a backyard chicken mom myself- I understood just how Catherine' chickens gave her strength and brought her & her daughter through a very tramatic and stressful time.

Overall, this book is a fast, fun and touching read. There were only a few things I didn't like in this book. The comments where she was using Jesus' name in vain & when her daughter was bragging about how she was "agnostic" in front of a preacher, when there was no call for this. I really didn't see how these comments added to this otherwise lovely book.
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A very sweet read about a woman learning to find and trust herself after divorce.
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Every page in this little book (176 pages) shines with wit, intelligence, insight, simplicity, grace, and a pragmatism that every woman, married or single, can appreciate. Catherine is a woman other women would like to get to know.

Starting over in ones 50s is daunting. Starting over in ones 50s with a precocious 12-year-old daughter in tow is enough to send any woman into terminal panic-attack mode. When Catherines marriage ended, she realized she would have to put her house on the market and move her daughter away from her childhood home. Her daughter was NOT happy about this turn of events, but was bright enough to recognize an opportunity when she saw one. All Catherine wanted to do was sit still in a quiet room for a few months. Sounds reasonable enough. What doesnt sound either reasonable or feasible is being pressured by ones daughter to adopt a brood of baby chicks, to raise as pets, while in the midst of relocating to and renovating a ramshackle residence in a nearby salty, soggy, seaside town. Reasonable it might not have been, but the chicken-care-taking learning curve became the arch that helped Catherine transition from her old, familiar life to her new one, full of unknowns. While Catherine renovates the house with the help of several skilled workmen she reinvents herself, re-establishing her relationship with her daughter, and rebuilds her life. Literally. The woman actually learned to use power tools!

Throughout the book Catherine includes tidbits of information worthy of note things she was learning herself along the way: everything from carpentry to poultry ailments on through the unusual ramifications of beach storms. This book was a delight from start to finish.
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I really wanted this book to be more about the adventure of fixing up a house and raising chickens but it was more introspective than interesting. I guess judging by the title I shouldn't have been surprised. The book was a quick read.
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Quite the charming little book. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Catherine and her daughter's challenges post divorce. I really love chickens, so this made the book a little more special for me.
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This is not only a delightful,entertaining book, but also a very informative one.
It has so many details about chickens woven into the story.
I loved this book and it was hard to let it go.

A great book when you are looking for a quick read......or thinking about raising chickens.
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Fast read -- turning point in life of recently-divorced middle-aged mom --very interesting story about starting over and of the unexpected joys and pitfalls of discovery.
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Sweet memoir by a women who is starting over after divorce...with chickens