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Farm Anatomy

My love for artist Julia Rothman pretty much knows no bounds (see her Daydream wallpaper, her hand-silkscreened pillows, her stylish magnets, and a collector’s mug). So you can imagine the squeal I produced when I saw this book: Farm Anatomy: The Curious Parts and Pieces of Country Life.

Julia grew up in New York while her husband Matt grew up on a farm in Iowa “doing all kinds of chores: collecting eggs, chopping logs, shoveling manure, walking beans.” This illustrated glossary of life on a farm was a way for Julia to better understand Matt’s roots. She dissects everything from tractors to feeders to chicken coops. I actually referenced the book to determine whether or not the eggs in our fridge were too old to be safe to eat.

It’s a glorious celebration of life in the country, one that I can enjoy not only by myself but also with my kids. Also, holy god, the amount of work that went into this book. BOGGLING.

Heather B. Armstrong

Hi. I’m Heather B. Armstrong, and this used to be called mommy blogging. But then they started calling it Influencer Marketing: hashtag ad, hashtag sponsored, hashtag you know you want me to slap your product on my kid and exploit her for millions and millions of dollars. That’s how this shit works. Now? Well… sit back, buckle up, and enjoy the ride.

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