Having grown up in Iowa, Melinda Keefe (New Brighton, MN) has witnessed firsthand the ups and downs of country living and has edited such books as Christmas on the Farm, The Best of the Farmer’s Wife Cookbook, and The Meat Goat Handbook for Voyageur Press.
A light-hearted A-to-Z encyclopedia of farm lore, Barnyard Confidential covers everything you need to know about living in the country, from courting to dealing with manure, root picking to rat catching, winter chores to tractor restoration, hay mows to outhouses—anything and everything related to farm life. Entries from well-known country authors like E. B. White, Gwen Petersen, Roger Welsch, and Patricia Penton Leimbach range from funny definitions to full stories and are illustrated throughout with a charming mix of fun, nostalgic, black-and-white photos and illustrations. These stories are both humorous and practical and will remind you why you often have a love-hate relationship with rural living. Before you move to the country (or even if you already live there), learn all the secrets to success from Barnyard Confidential.
Featured authors include the following: Eric Sloane, Roger Welsch, Gwen Petersen, Ben Logan, Jim Heynen, Bob Artley, Marjorie Myers Douglas, Hamlin Garland, E. B. White, Jerry Stelmok, Louis Bromfield, Bob Becker, William Hazlett Upson, Patricia Penton Leimbach, Jerry L. Twedt, Michael Perry, Willa Cather, Jerry Apps, Josh Billings, Michael Dregni, Jared Van Wagenen Jr., Hugh Orchard, Dorothy Canfield, Virginia Bell Dabney, Tom Anderson, Ronald Jager, Margret Aldrich, Bill Vossler, and Gordon Green.
“Surely, someone at some time or another has asked you why you live in the country. If you didn’t have a quick answer, “Barnyard Confidential” gives you dozens of reasons from A to Z. Don’t wait, because “Barnyard Confidential” really belongs on your bookshelf.” - Bookwork Sez
"For a dose of delight in the closing days of summer, I recommend Barynard Confidential: An A to Z Reader of Life Lessons, Tall Tales, and Country Wisdom...Some pieces are moooo-ving (sorry!) and evocative; others are good for a laugh." - Reader's Digest