Join us for the 3rd meeting of the Fat Hill Brewing book club for 2018! We meet once a month at the brewery (3rd Wednesday of each month, at 7 pm) and anyone is welcome to come or not come based on their interest in that month's book. No commitment, no stress...just a chance to learn something new, share your opinions, and meet fellow supernerds. The book discussion is lead by our resident bookworm and brewery co-owner, Molly. There's no fee to participate and no purchase required.
March's book is The Shepherd's Life: Modern Dispatches from an Ancient Landscape by James Rebanks, which is a first-person account of work and family life on an old-as-the-hills English sheep farm. How does a place like his farm survive during the modern age, an era of profit-driven scale and consolidation? Rebanks takes us through a deeply personal journey through his year, offering a unique account of rural life and a fundamental connection with the land that most of us don't have. It is a story of working lives, the people around him, his childhood, his parents and grandparents, a people who exist and endure even as the culture - of the England's Lake District, and of farming - changes around them. There are plenty of parallels we can draw between rural England and rural Iowa, between old ways and new ways, between big farms and small. An awesome bonus to this meeting will be its guest star - Carl Ginapp, the brewery's "grain guy," who raises sheep here in north Iowa. He will be around to answer any questions you have about sheep and to offer some comments on small-scale farming.
The book is available in paper, Kindle, and audio formats.
More about the book
Please refer to this review in the New York Times.