Forty Acres and a Fool: How to Live in the Country and Still Keep Your Sanity
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Forty Acres and a Fool: How to Live in the Country and Still Keep Your Sanity

by Roger Welsch
     
 

At a time when so much manliness is played out on computer keyboards and TV or videogame remote controls, it takes a certain degree of grit and guts and plain pigheadedness to pull up stakes and move to the country. For those brave souls, the backward-looking gentleman farmers of our fast-forward-looking age, Roger Welsch has a few choice words. To homestead in the

Overview

At a time when so much manliness is played out on computer keyboards and TV or videogame remote controls, it takes a certain degree of grit and guts and plain pigheadedness to pull up stakes and move to the country. For those brave souls, the backward-looking gentleman farmers of our fast-forward-looking age, Roger Welsch has a few choice words. To homestead in the Old West, the saying went, all you needed was forty acres and a mule. For the 21st century, Welsch contends that instead of a beast of burden one only needs the stubbornness of being a fool.

In several hilarious essays, Welsch presents a guy's guide to leaving modern miracles behind and embracing productive Ludditism. Made famous by his laconic pieces on CBS Sunday Morning (while wearing his signature overalls), Welsch takes on new subjects, and even elaborates the principles of feng shui for the farmhouse, barn, and farmyard. He draws on a lifetime's worth of experience to counsel prospective migrants to rural America on what precisely not to do. Learn from the mistakes of a master, and laugh harder than you thought possible while doing it. Roger Welsch is in fine fettle in Forty Acres and a Fool, a light-hearted look at rural upstarts that puts the delights of country living-and the occasional advantages of urban life-into rare perspective.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
St. Paul Pioneer Press, Nov. 22, 2006

“It provides enough insight into rural living to help anyone decide if they want part of the action, or to stay safely within the confines of a metropolitan beltway.”

Two-Cylinder, November-December 2006

“Learn from the mistakes of a master, and laugh harder than you thought possible while doing it.”

Yankton Daily Press & Democrat, Dec. 29, 2006


“To miss this book would be just plain foolish.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780760322567
Publisher:
Voyageur Press
Publication date:
10/01/2006
Edition description:
First
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
St. Paul Pioneer Press, Nov. 22, 2006

“It provides enough insight into rural living to help anyone decide if they want part of the action, or to stay safely within the confines of a metropolitan beltway.”

                                                                                                                                                                     

Two-Cylinder, November-December 2006

“Learn from the mistakes of a master, and laugh harder than you thought possible while doing it.”

Yankton Daily Press & Democrat, Dec. 29, 2006
“To miss this book would be just plain foolish.”

Meet the Author

Roger Welsch can best be described as a cross between Erma Bombeck and Dr. Ruth, except male and living in Nebraska with his wife and dogs. Before turning his talents to canine psychology, Roger was best known as \u201cthe fat guy in overalls on CBS Sunday Morning, where he offered up essays on rural and small-town life on the plains.

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