Friday, November 20, 2015
Book review: Bootstrapper: From Broke to Badass on a Northern Michigan Farm by Mardi Jo Link
Schadenfreude is my friend. When I'm feeling bummed and broke and stressed, a book about other bummed and broke and stressed people--and how they got out of that situation--is the perfect remedy.
Mardi Jo is getting divorced. Her husband has moved right across the street. That works out well for their three boys, but Mardi Jo is having a very hard time keeping it together, and in particular paying her mortgage. She lives on a 6-acre small farm that has been her lifelong dream.She doesn't have a regular job, instead cobbling together freelance writing and editing work (boy, do I sympathize). It is a tad frustrating that she'd rather get behind on her mortgage than ask her parents for a loan (although she did already take out a loan from them for her divorce lawyer.) But I do admire her determination to do it on her own. She is so very broke that at times she is scraping of the bottom of the barrel just to put food on the table. There was a point where things were so low, that I found the story not as distracting or enjoyable, but instead depressing. But it did turn back around and ended on a positive note. I don't know that I'd describe the book as going from "Broke to Badass" but understandably "Broke to Breaking Even" just doesn't have the same ring to it, if it is much more believable.
I bought this book at Literati, an independent bookstore in Ann Arbor, Michigan, when I was there two years ago for the WNBA annual national meeting.