Goat Song: A Seasonal Life, A Short History of Herding, and the Art of Making Cheese by Brad Kessler

Kathryn Pope
Core faculty, BA
Director of the Bridge Program

I don’t want to wreck Goat Song by describing it, but I’ll give it a shot: gorgeous and gritty, pastoral and private, lyric, weighty, and wonderful.

In talking about his experiences living with goats, Kessler layers metaphors and histories atop the physical world, telling his stories of goats, milk, and cheese. Something happens as the chapters age, one after another. By the end, it seems that, in describing the microcosm of his world in Vermont, his “watercolor of goats,” Kessler has, all along, been sharing what it means to be with animals, to make things (milk, cheese, food, books) and ultimately, what it means to be human.

In short, this is one of the best books on writing I’ve ever read.
2012 World Champion Cheese Contest, Madison, Wisconsin
Dayton Literary Peace Prize
“Producer’s Notes: The Science & Art of Cheese,” Sheraz Sadiq, Quest: Explore science, nature and environment stories from Northern California and beyond with KQED’s multimedia series

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