A Mother’s Story of Children and Learning
A literary page-turner of a memoir that strips away facades and invites readers to an intimate portrayal of one homeschool family. Ultimately, this rare and heartfelt telling affirms all those who live their lives beyond tidy boxes and categories.
Eric Utne, founder of the Utne Reader
Cosmo Doogood’s Urban Almanac
Author of Brenda My Darling
About the Author
Kathleen Melin is the author of the progressive education and parenting memoir By Heart: A Mother’s Story of Children and Learning at Home (Clover Valley Press October 2008). Her creative work has appeared in The Baltimore Review, EssayDaily, Split Rock Review, and Eric Utne’s Cosmo DooGoods Urban Almanac. She has worked as a magazine editor, a newspaper reporter, grant writer, ghost writer, publicist, and as a freelance writer for national and regional publications. She holds an MFA from the University of Minnesota and has taught at the University of Minnesota, University of Wisconsin, Summit School for the Arts, and at seminars and conferences around the country. She lives on her ancestral farm in Wisconsin where she cultivates creativity.
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