Wednesday, June 19, 2013

BOOTSTRAPPER by Mardi Jo Link Audio Edition

A classically trained actress Karen White has distinguished herself as an accomplished narrative artist.  No matter the genre White inhabits the text with ease and elan.  She now has over 100 audio books to her credit and multiple Audiofile Earphones Awards.  Her interpretation of this audio’s lead character is stunning!  The book is subtitled “From Broke to Badass on A Northern Michigan Farm,” and White captures every syllable delivering a can’t-stop-listening-to reading.

    Bootstrapper is a memoir that makes us want to hum “I Am Woman.”  She faced almost insurmountable obstacles, with grace, grit and humor.  In the summer of 2005 Link’s dream of enjoying happy, simple farm life blew up in her face.  She and her husband of 19 years have declared it’s over, which leaves her with three boys and bills, bills, bills.  She decides to remain in the 100-year-old farmhouse in northern Michigan, and raise her boys there.

    Needless to say that’s tough with a capital T.   But Link takes on the task of being farmer, breadwinner and mother, and feeds those growing boys on what grew in their vegetable garden, one hog, and a year’s supply of day-old bread (which she won in a zucchini-growing contest).

    This is a touching account of what one woman can accomplish, of how her strength and stick-to-itiveness saved her home and family.


    - Gail Cooke

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