Bootstrapper by Mardi Jo Link
From Broke to Badass on a Northern Michigan Farm

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This memoir would have benefited from a less wordy and more subtle approach. A slow-moving opening ambles, repetitive at times...Ms. Link crosses the line between humor and excess, lapsing into clichés and banalities.
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Poignant, irreverent, and hilarious: a memoir about survival and self-discovery, by an indomitable woman who never loses sight of what matters most. 

It’s the summer of 2005, and Mardi Jo Link’s dream of living the simple life has unraveled into debt, heartbreak, and perpetually ragged cuticles. She and her husband of nineteen years have just called it quits, leaving her with serious cash-flow problems and a looming divorce. More broke than ever, Link makes a seemingly impossible resolution: to hang on to her century-old farmhouse in northern Michigan and continue to raise her three boys on well water and wood chopping and dirt. Armed with an unfailing sense of humor and three resolute accomplices, Link confronts blizzards and foxes, learns about Zen divorce and the best way to butcher a hog, dominates a zucchini-growing contest and wins a year’s supply of local bread, masters the art of bargain cooking, wrangles rampaging poultry, and withstands any blow to her pride in order to preserve the life she wants.

With an infectious optimism that would put Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm to shame and a deep appreciation of the natural world, Link tells the story of how, over the course of one long year, she holds on to her sons, saves the farm from foreclosure, and finds her way back to a life of richness and meaning on the land she loves. 

This ebook edition includes a Reading Group Guide. 

 

About Mardi Jo Link

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Mardi Jo Link is the author of When Evil Came to Good Hart (2008) and Isadore's Secret (2009), winner of the Michigan Notable Book Award. She lives with her family on a small farm in northern Michigan.


Author Residence: Traverse City, MI


Author Hometown: Detroit, MI
 
Published June 11, 2013 by Vintage. 274 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

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on Apr 29 2013

A moving account of how one woman's willpower saved her home and her family.

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NY Journal of Books

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Reviewed by Diane Brandley on Jun 11 2013

This memoir would have benefited from a less wordy and more subtle approach. A slow-moving opening ambles, repetitive at times...Ms. Link crosses the line between humor and excess, lapsing into clichés and banalities.

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Star Tribune

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Reviewed by MEGANNE FABREGA on Jul 13 2013

Link’s snappy writing turns this potentially familiar story into a new kind of survivalist country song...

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