This review was one of the easiest reads I have had all year. Normally the reviews I have done have been for the kids and while they have been fun, having something to read just for fun was well FUN! I received Franklin Sander’s first book Nothing That Eats! in the three part series At Home In Dogwood Mudhole! After reading this teaser I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book.
Excerpt from the back of the book: When Y2K looms and modern life fails to satisfy, Franklin Sanders and wife Susan go from nuclear family to multigenerational farm. Despite Susan’s admonition that they acquire nothing that eats, they gain dogs, chickens, horses, cows, pigs, ducks and sheep. Their children move back in and bring their spouses, filling Dogwood Mudhole with grandchildren. It’s no Green Acres, but through sheer persistence and good humor, they learn to farm.
The biggest surprise for me was that Franklin Sander’s writes this book in a series of letters instead of in a storybook format. He tells us in the preface that He wrote these letters once a month for sixteen years recounting his family’s news for The Moneychanger, which is his monthly newsletter. Another thing that I enjoyed about this book is that there are plenty of pictures and hand drawn maps to help you to relate to the family. Unfortunately some of the entries didn’t seem to flow just right for a book, while I’m sure they really worked for a monthly newspaper, reading them back to back in the book did confuse me sometimes. I also LOVED that he supported “roadside joints, mom-and-pop, family- and real people run businesses that he patronized” , he would give addresses and phone numbers that that readers can experience the charm of the south too! We start this journey in June of 1995 and one of the last entries takes us to September 2002. We learn about his family and the family pets, we go on family vacations, see how they participate in civil war reenactments. After dealing with the IRS and Y2K looming right around the corner, what’s a family to do? I hope you get your own copy of this book and see how the Sanders deal with Y2K and farming life!! How did your family prepare for Y2K? Nothing That Eats is available in paperback for $22.95 or $16.95 Kindle/ePUB/PDF
Volume Two: Best Thing We Ever Did is also available in paperback for $22.95 or $16.95 Kindle/ePUB/PDF
I would recommend this book for teens and adults! Check out what the Crew is saying!! “Prices are accurate at the time of this review.”
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