Homing Instincts: Early Motherhood on a Midwestern Farm #2020

Homing Instincts: Early Motherhood on a Midwestern Farm By Sarah Menkedick Homing Instincts Early Motherhood on a Midwestern Farm Sarah Menkedick spent her twenties trekking alone across South America teaching English to recalcitrant teenagers on Reunion Island picking grapes in France and camping on the Mongolian grasslands f
  • Title: Homing Instincts: Early Motherhood on a Midwestern Farm
  • Author: Sarah Menkedick
  • ISBN: 9781101871416
  • Page: 346
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Homing Instincts: Early Motherhood on a Midwestern Farm By Sarah Menkedick Sarah Menkedick spent her twenties trekking alone across South America, teaching English to recalcitrant teenagers on Reunion Island, picking grapes in France and camping on the Mongolian grasslands for her, meaning and purpose were to be found on the road, in flight from the ordinary Yet the biggest and most transformative adventure of her life might be one she never anSarah Menkedick spent her twenties trekking alone across South America, teaching English to recalcitrant teenagers on Reunion Island, picking grapes in France and camping on the Mongolian grasslands for her, meaning and purpose were to be found on the road, in flight from the ordinary Yet the biggest and most transformative adventure of her life might be one she never anticipated at 31, she moves into a tiny 19th century cabin on her family s Ohio farm, and begins the journey into motherhood.In eight vivid and boldly questioning essays, Menkedick explores the luminous, disorienting time just before and after becoming a mother As she reacquaints herself with the subtle landscapes of the Midwest, and adjusts to the often surprising physicality of pregnancy, she ruminates on what this new stage of life means for her long held concepts of self, settling, and creative fulfillment In Millie, Mildred, Grandma Menkedick, she considers the nature of story through the life of her tough German grandmother, who raised two boys as a single mother in the 1950s and then spent her seventies traveling the world with her best friend Marge in Motherland, on a trip back to Oaxaca, Mexico to visit her husband s family, she finally embraces her Midwestern roots in The Milk Cave, she discovers in breastfeeding a new appreciation for the spiritual and artistic potential of boredom and in The Lake, she revisits her childhood with her father, whose relentless optimism and mystical streak she sees anew once she has a child of her own.A story of a traveler come home to the farm of becoming a mother in spite of reservations and doubt and of learning to appreciate the power and beauty of the quotidian, Homing Instincts speaks to the deepest concerns and hopes of a generation.
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    1. Sarah Menkedick

      Sarah Menkedick is the author of Homing Instincts Pantheon, 2017.Sarah s writing has been featured or is forthcoming in Harper s, Pacific Standard, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Oxford American, The Paris Review Daily, Aeon, Guernica, s Kindle Singles, and elsewhere Her essay Homing Instincts was selected as notable in The Best American Essays 2014, and her essay Living on the Hyphen was selected as notable in The Best American Essays 2015 She was a 2015 2016 Fulbright fellow in Oaxaca, Mexico.Sarah holds a B.A in History of Science from the University of Wisconsin and an M.F.A in nonfiction from the University of Pittsburgh, where she taught nonfiction writing She is the founder of Vela, an online magazine of nonfiction writing by women.

    227 thoughts on “Homing Instincts: Early Motherhood on a Midwestern Farm”

    1. A friend told me about this book as we are both mothers of young children My goodness, Ms Menkedick has given identity to emotions and feelings I have experienced but couldn t express My interest was piqued because I heard it was about motherhood, but then I found it to be about so much I can imagine each reader will recognize his her own experiences in Menkedick s perceptions about life Her words reveal the worth of the seemingly mundane details of living I m so grateful for her honesty and co [...]


    2. I have loved Sarah s essays since the Vela days, and I devoured this book between three long, hot June afternoons I am not a mother, and yet she writes about motherhood and pregnancy and place and wandering and ambition and writing in ways that gripped me.A favorite quote Part of the task of the self is to organize the world into hierarchies, tiers of relationships and preferences and desired outcomes and should But death levels all that, and we are left with a cup of coffee, does of trinkets, t [...]


    3. This morning I read an essay from Homing Instincts Early Motherhood on a Midwestern Farm, a newly released book by Sarah Menkedick It s a collection of essays about her transition from free spirited wanderer to motherhood as she takes up life with her husband in a cabin on her father s farm before and after the arrival of their daughter The essay called The Lake is a musing about her dad s lifelong love, kindness and encouragement toward her She recalls the ungrudging sacrifices he chose in his [...]


    4. Since I m 23 weeks pregnant, I expected to love this, but it wasn t quite what I hoped it would be maybe it was the way her essays meander, the fact that I can t relate to her cozy family life, the zen quotes, that despite the subtitle Early Motherhood on a Midwestern Farm, 2 3rds of the book was about pregnancy, that her takeaways were so clich one example this year on the farm taught me the importance of family There s a lot to like here too though I enjoyed the research into lobsters and salm [...]


    5. A moving and incredibly honest view into pregnancy and family bonds I can t easily put into words just how much I loved reading Homing Instincts Especially so soon after finishing the book, with Menkedick s incredible prose and vivid imagery, I feel so self conscious about the way I write This is an incredible book, and do not be mislead by the title into thinking Homing Instincts are not for you I have never had an interest in reading about pregnancy before and am not planning on having childre [...]


    6. More than a book about early motherhood, Homing Instincts is about big questions like How do we make meaning of our lives How do we teach ourselves to be patient How do we learn to inhabit the moment, fully and mindfully How to begin to enjoy stillness, of mind and body How do we embrace all the activity in our bodies and minds and in nature without trying, constantly, to BE something and DO something ambitious and competitive and snapshot worthy What s beautiful about this book is that it allow [...]


    7. Perfect Such a gorgeous deep dive into so many aspects of early motherhood ambivalence about parenting, feminine aspiration, bodily transformation, domestic intelligence, and above all, the spiritual inquiries of the self what it is, what it means It s a book that s hard to encapsulate, and even Menkedick writes in the last few pages, I have shred the pressing need for purpose I don t need to be able to define a book s themes, its goals, its message There is far essaying here than narrative or [...]


    8. Menkedick is a fantastic writer the vivid descriptions of her life feel as if I m right there with her However, I guess I m not one for essay prose type books I felt it was harder to follow compared to a regular nonfiction But this is just my personal preference.


    9. A meditation on a year of mothering and motherhood to be, beautifully written essays that examine one woman s experience utterly unique in some ways, amazingly universal in others If you re going through a period of change, pregnancy or otherwise, you ll appreciate Sarah s journey.


    10. I just finished reading this collection of essays over a weekend Sarah Menkedick shares her journey through her pregnancy and early motherhood Her story of transformation of self and purpose is both incredibly personal and universal.


    11. Excellent essay collection from a talented writer Even though my life before kids was completely different than the author s, many of the themes and concepts she explores are highly relatable Plus, it was nice to get a look at parenting from a perspective different than my own.



    12. Loved this book Loved the description of the farm the author s struggle with moving into motherhood the depth of her experience Highly Recommend it



    13. Life is richer, nuanced, and meaningful when Sarah Menkedick turns her attention to it and her pen This series of essays I hardly call it a collection because it s so intricately interwoven, so perfectly organized as a narrative that builds momentum and takes on a whole shape that s greater than the sum of its parts is part meditation, part coming of age, part naturalist treatise, and part poetry I ve long been a fan of Menkedick s work at Vela and elsewhere, and this book puts her brilliance [...]


    14. This book arrived on my doorstep just when I needed it six months into this wild, beautiful, exhausting ride into motherhood I am hugely grateful to have it My husband is gone much of the time and it s hard to get any perspective on the experience of raising my baby girl Miraculously, Menkedick was able to step outside of the experience while also living it, giving shape to a time that is breathless and hazy And she did it in the most gorgeous language imaginable to boot I love memoirs and I lov [...]


    15. 100 pages in and I decided I didn t care any about her experiences I tried twice with this book because I really wanted to love it I love a good memoir, especially one about strong women and motherhood I think her writing was a little too flowery for me.


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