By Heart is a must-read for parents grappling with education and considering the home school life. It’s a soothing companion for those in the midst of it. For educators and policy makers, it reveals an insider’s experience; meanwhile, searching the historical and cultural complexity of education. Ultimately, this rare and heartfelt telling affirms all those who live their lives beyond tidy boxes and categories.
“I wasn’t homeschooled; none of my people were homeschooled; my wife wasn’t homeschooled; none of her people were homeschooled. School taught us that rearing children on our own would be a bother, and so our daughter and son missed out, too. Looking through the window that By Heart opens, I’m struck by how much all of us lost. This book is a work of genius. Unique.”
John Taylor Gatto, Author
Dumbing Us Down
Weapons of Mass Instruction
The Underground History of American Education
“I’m a proponent of Waldorf schools, in large part because they strive to create a home-like atmosphere for the children – students have the same class teacher from first through eighth grade, they work at an unhurried pace, the curriculum is profoundly connected to Nature, and everything is done with beauty, rhythm, and love. This sounds a lot like home schooling, doesn’t it? Why is it that home schooling is the exception rather than the norm? Kathleen Melin tells the story of her journey to home-schooling with compelling honesty and instructive insight. You will learn much from her experience.”
Eric Utne, founder of the Utne Reader
Cosmo Doogood’s Urban Almanac
Author of Brenda My Darling
By Carrie Hokanson with Kathleen Melin
Growing up in southwestern Minnesota in a large German-heritage family offered security and warmth to Carrie Bachaus Hokanson. But life strikes us all. Carrie recounts her early years of love and loss as a farm girl who leaves home at 14 years-old, a nursing student in Los Angeles, and a Vietnam era bride. This personal memoir covers three decades from post-World War II through the Vietnam War and the classic life events of young womanhood during that time.
Private Publication 2017
The Somewhat Accurate True Story of a Blue Collar White Girl
A coming-of-age memoir of the 1960s about a determined daughter’s quest to break out of the domestic role imposed on girls and go to college.
A memoir of the surreal journey following a brain hemorrhage from the place between and back to life that shares the gifts of the crisis and the struggle to live in peace and wholeness
A fifteen-year old girl makes one futile attempt after another to find her mother, ignoring her own inner knowledge and the rumors of disruption in the outside world. When two sudden shocks collide, she must face who she is and reconcile her fantasies with the stark limitations of the home she never questioned.