I picked up Mardi Jo Link's Bootstrapper from the public library, first because it has a cool cover and then began reading it because it has an even cooler subtitle; "From broke to badass on a northern Michigan farm." We've had our first few fall-like days, the leaves are coming off our trees, and this story seemed perfect for the moment.
Most of what I read is about successful people who are succeeding or will succeed. I read those stories because they inspire me to keep moving forward. This story is not that.
This story starts out with a person who is broke and broken, but might just fix her finances, family, and life. I'm only one hundred pages in but these are my favorite passages so far.
"Mom!" comes the sobbing holler from outside...The holler is followed by a boy running toward the house, one hand pressed to the side of his blond head, the other still gripping his stick sword and pumping back and forth as he runs toward me on tireless boy legs. Dirty face, no shirt. Yes, it is Will - so aptly named - and even though he is crying, he isn't sad at all, he is furious.
Turns out, raising a pug for meat is pretty easy as long as you design its living quarters to rival the maximum security at Leavenworth. In all matters of a porcine nature, it's best that "pen" just be considered an abbreviation for "penitentiary."
You wouldn't think that an animal with the silhouette of a basset hound and the shape of a dirigible would excel at Houdini-ish contortions, derring-do, and gravity defying escapes, but woe to the rookie pig farmer who underestimates Sus scrofa domesticus.
The other parts are good and follow a similar density and description. So far it's been a 'grit your teeth' kind of book and I hope that continues.