Wednesday, January 7, 2009

The Crumb by Jean Slaughter Doty . . .

by Kit Ehrman

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season. Mine zoomed past in a maddening blur. Now that we have less kids living at home, we decided to downsize and put our house on the market a couple of days before Christmas. The weeks preceding Christmas day consisted of cleaning, packing, painting, and moving what felt like half of our belongings into storage in an effort to declutter. And you know what? I really like living in a lean, sparse house. With so many belongings in storage, I’m beginning to think we didn’t really need much of that stuff anyway. When the time comes, it will be interesting to see how much of it I want to move into the new house.

If we do sell the current house, this will be my fourteenth move. Lucky for me, I enjoy moving because it forces me to organize my possessions, not to mention the fact that I love change and get bored if I’m in one place too long.

Anyway, while I was packing, I came across my copy of The Crumb, a young adult novel by Jean Slaughter Doty. If you haven’t read her, I recommend you do. She deals with abuse issues in the show jumping world, so her books aren’t light reads, but they are wonderful reads. While looking for a cover photo, I discovered that Doty has published quite a few equine novels, and I’ll be looking for them. To learn more about her, check out this website:

Her writing is lovely and I highly recommend her for young adults and adults alike. In my search on the Internet, I was also reminded of a wonderful resource for finding equine reads: Ponydom. Visit them at

Here’s to a great year of riding and reading!


Chris said...

Thanks for sharing! I think I have a book or two of hers but have yet to read them - I hadn't realised she covered such a worthy topic in her novels - rather ignorantly assumed it'd be another light read that related to horses.

Kit Ehrman said...

Hi Chris, I think you'll enjoy this author, and thanks for checking in with this blog!


Grey Horse Matters said...

Thanks for the recommendation. I'm always looking for an interesting horse book to read and will give this one a try. Hope you sell quickly and find just what you are looking for. My goal this year is to clean out this place, I figure if I haven't used it in a couple of years, I won't miss it if it's gone.