Read Homing Instincts: Early Motherhood on a Midwestern Farm Online Free - 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 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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May 12, 2017
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 more. I...
June 29, 2017
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 t...
May 11, 2017
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 bef...
July 25, 2017
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.
August 23, 2017
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...
May 12, 2017
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.
February 15, 2017
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.
May 09, 2017
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.
July 20, 2017
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.
June 05, 2017
I liked her stuff on travel, how she traveled to tell people she'd traveled, etc.