Chainsaws and Cherry Burls

Non-Fiction - Memoir
154 Pages
Reviewed on 07/25/2023
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Author Biography

Jennifer Neves lives and writes in rural Maine. Author of the forthcoming essay collection Chainsaws and Cherry Burls, and two previous books, Freedom Farm (North Country Press), and Backpack Like You Mean It (Mad Dash Publishing), her essays have appeared in a variety of journals, including Tulip Tree Review, Literary Mama, and Litro Online Magazine. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Edith Wairimu for Readers' Favorite

In her uplifting, humorous memoir Chainsaws and Cherry Burls, Jennifer Neves interlaces intimate thoughts, parenting experiences, and her family’s interaction with nature on their 42-acre farm in rural Maine. The work is a collection of hilarious parenting misadventures which include the couple’s attempts at understanding and discouraging their son’s fascination with leeches, paying bounties to encourage mice trapping, and an unfortunate encounter with a skunk. The book documents the beautiful and intriguing workings of nature on the farm. Neves also opens up about the complexities of motherhood including the fatigue that results from always remaining attentive and her nagging worries about possible danger. Wonderful moments are blended with life-defining ones resulting in a book that is full of heart, joy, and impactful lessons.

The memoir is filled with many entertaining anecdotes that make it hard to put it down. Its rich descriptions of the animals and foliage found on the farm bring the setting to life. I loved the light-heartedness and appreciated the author’s vulnerability and deep insight into parenting. I found the way that the family handles the challenges they face to be funny and inspiring and enjoyed their interactions. Chainsaws and Cherry Burls by Jennifer Neves is an engaging memoir that captures the beauty in nature and everyday life. It includes many laugh-out-loud scenes and deeply personal ones. Parents will resonate with Neves and her husband’s adventures and readers will love the unpredictability of life on the farm, the lessons learned along the way, and the many joys the family encountered in their daily life.

Keith Mbuya

You might be thinking about starting a family. But then, you may have seen, heard, and even read a lot of things about parenting that have left you more unnerved than psyched up about the whole idea of parenthood. Is it as daunting and hectic as some say it is? Is it as fulfilling and gratifying as some say? The truth is there is no better way of learning something than experiencing it – all by yourself. In her memoir Chainsaws and Cherry Burls, Jennifer Neves gives a beautiful account of her life and experiences as a worker, a wife, and a mother of four kids living in a farmhouse. Get yourself a copy to know more about Jennifer Neves’ experiences.

Jennifer Neves’ Chainsaws and Cherry Burls is an enthralling and magnificent piece of work. Jennifer is undoubtedly an incredibly gifted author. She took me on a dynamic journey filled with vivid, intimate, eye-opening, and richly humorous anecdotes, essays, and journals. She explores her thoughts and ideas in an open-minded way, acknowledging the sensitivity and delicateness of the whole subject of parenthood and family. I loved how her words mirrored a profound depth of intellect, yet still came out in an overt, down-to-earth, and natural way. It is amazing how she perfectly and uniquely captures life’s simplest moments, highlighting the special, dynamic, and complex process of parenting and keeping a family together. I laughed a lot and, most importantly, learned a lot. This is a must-read for prospective parents, parents, and anyone seeking to connect with family and nature.

Pikasho Deka

Chainsaws and Cherry Burls is the second collection of non-fiction essays by Jennifer Neves. Through her essays, Neves delves into the day-to-day adventures of living on a 42-acre farm in rural Maine with a large family. Growing up in Maine, Neves developed a love for nature at an early age. In this book, she describes how she and her husband moved to a remote farm outside Palermo, Maine, and made a life there together with their children. However, living on a farm came with its own set of challenges. Whether trying to stop an infestation by mice, finding the right au pair for childcare, or doing a day-to-day clean-up on the farm, the quiet and tranquility of farm living comes at a price. Ultimately, you are bound to fall in love with it.

An immersive memoir with slice-of-life stories about life on a farm, Chainsaws and Cherry Burls is a captivating read from start to finish. Jennifer Neves' smooth prose paints a vivid portrait of life on a farm and transports the reader to the ponds and creeks of rural Maine, showcasing the rich flora and fauna of the land in its full glory. The author provides an honest and authentic account of her family's life, showing how they adjusted to their new home, despite facing unexpected hurdles along the way. There is a light-hearted playfulness to Neves' writing style that makes the pages flow past like a gentle breeze. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and highly recommend it.