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'Bootstrapper' is a memoir about a family's year of hardship

'Bootstrapper' author Mardi Jo Link learned how to raise chickens.
'Bootstrapper' author Mardi Jo Link learned how to raise chickens.
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Between June 2005 and July 2006, Mardi Jo Link got divorced and went on a spiritual quest. She struggled financially, and came up with creative ways to keep her three sons fed and warm.

Link had to let go of some things that were meaningful to her, but she did everything she could to keep her house that was filled with memories. The land the house was built on in Northern Michigan produced some of their food, housed chickens, and was a great place for her growing sons to learn and have fun.

During that year, Link also began dating a divorced man who had started a remodeling project in her home.

Bootstrapper: From Broke to Badass on a Northern Michigan Farm was written by Mardi Jo Link and published by Alfred A. Knopf. This biography is available at a St. Paul Public Library and a Ramsey County Library. Recently, Bootstrapper was named a Twin Cities Live Book Club book. In St. Paul, Twin Cities Live can be seen weekdays at 3:00 p.m. on KSTP.

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