I give up. I dutifully read through page 150 of Free-Range Knitter
and just did not want to pick it up again. It's an ARC so I felt I should slog through to the end but I can't make myself do it.
Pearl-McPhee's writing is fine -- words are put together nicely, and it's funny in spots, touching in others, but there's no SNAP, no connection; I am uninterested in this essay collection and reading it was like homework.
The essays with "surprise endings" are predictable, the description of knitting styles is pretty at first but starts to get snoozy after a while, and the book overall seems to lack a spark.
There are a couple of essays I DID like, but I think the best way to explain it is: reading Free-Range Knitter
is like reading a blog. It's written well enough that I'd add it to my feed at first, but it's one I'd "mark as read" if I missed more than a couple of days, and after a couple of months, I'd unsubscribe.
It's entirely possible people who do more than dabble in knitting might enjoy this one more, and it goes without saying that Yarn Harlot fans definitely would.