Review of At Home in Dogwood Mudhole by Franklin Sanders

 photo Franklin_Deal-300x451_zpsb3f59745.jpgI enjoy reading quite a wide genre of books, so I was happy to be able to review At Home in Dogwood Mudhole, a memoir of sorts from Franklin Sanders.

We received a paperback copy of the book which sells for $22.95 on the website- At Home in Dogwood Mudhole. There is also a Kindle version of the book for $16.95.

In the beginning, the author makes it clear that this isn’t exactly a memoir. It’s a collection of letters written in the 90s and early 2000s and published in “The Moneychanger” newsletter. As the world moves closer to Y2K, the Sanders family prepares to live on a self-sustaining farm. The area where the farm is located inspires the name – At Home in Dogwood Mudhole.

 photo athomeindogwoodmudhole_zps737c60fa.jpgI’m not sure exactly what I expected when I read the synopsis of this book. But whatever it was, I didn’t get it right.

Franklin Sanders takes readers on a tour of his life, his family’s journey. In the early letters we read of their adventures as Civil War reenactors, the family’s wide assortment of dogs (and later chickens and pigs), Sanders adventures serving jail time after a run in with the IRS, and the family’s move to be self-sufficient in preparation for Y2K.

I had a difficult time with this book. I had some philosophical differences with the author. There were some things I didn’t agree with. The way the book came together with the series of letters made it a little difficult for me to follow also. Sanders would refer to an event- such as his arrest and the episode with the IRS- and then it was sometimes hard to see if the next letter was in order or not. It was also interesting that, although quite a bit was mentioned about their move to the country and their preparation for Y2K- which never happened- nothing at all was mentioned in his letters from September 2001 about the events of 9/11 and their impact on his family.

The story of their move back to the land, their acquisition of animals, and their learning curve as they became self-sustaining was an interesting read. Because the letters in the book span such a long period of time- about seventeen years- readers get to know Sanders and his family. We follow them as their children grow, and readers can feel a connection. The style of the writing is matter of fact and down to earth. The little mundane tales of ordinary family life are interesting.

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This was a different sort of read. Although it wasn’t my favorite, some readers will probably enjoy the style of writing and the unique content. You can see what other Review Crew members thought about the book by clicking below.

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