Goat Song by Brad Kessler


The full title of Brad Kessler’s book is Goat Song: A Seasonal Life, A Short History of Herding, and the Art of Making Cheese. I LOVED this book. Brad and his wife decided to leave the life of the city behind and move to the country. One of their neighbors owns goats and after several years, they decide they would love to raise a few and start making their own cheese.

Kessler tells the history of both goat herding and cheese making while telling his own story of the first year or so of owning goats and making cheese. His prose is beautiful, the way he talks about walking with the goats, listening to their voices (they each have a different voice and a distinct personality) while enjoying being out in nature. His descriptions of the cheeses are also gorgeous. He talks about eating something given to you by the animals you spend your day with, how when he eats a goat cheese in the winter, he can taste the summer day from the day he milked the goats to make that cheese.

It’s a quiet book, so calm and meditative. Loved it, totally fed my desire for my own goats!

4 and 1/2 stars

This isn’t YA, and I don’t think this would find much of an audience in my high school, but it’s a beautiful book and had to share it.



Filed under adult lit, review

2 responses to “Goat Song by Brad Kessler

  1. thymegoesby

    It’s very beautiful.. I fell in love with his journey. Slowly savoring each page, wanting to be there, not wanting it to end. A sacred journey, but knowing goats as I do I laughed a lot too. Thank you Brad Kessler for this lovely labor of love. Reading your book over this past week was always my favorite part of the day. Such a sweet respite in this restless world. I think I will start it again tomorrow.

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