Join acclaimed essayist Sarah Menkedick as she shares her recent book, Homing Instincts (Pantheon, May 2017). In eight vivid and boldly questioning essays, Menkedick explores the luminous, disorienting time just before and after becoming a mother. Publishers Weekly calls this memoir of essays “a moving and deeply personal look at one woman’s transformation.”
Sarah Menkedick spent her twenties trekking alone across South America, teaching English to recalcitrant teenagers on Reunion Island, picking grapes in France and camping on the Mongolian grasslands; for her, meaning and purpose were to be found on the road, in flight from the ordinary. Yet the biggest and most transformative adventure of her life might be one she never anticipated: at 31, she moves into a tiny 19th-century cabin on her family’s Ohio farm, and begins the journey into motherhood.
A story of a traveler come home to the farm; of becoming a mother in spite of reservations and doubt; and of learning to appreciate the power and beauty of the quotidian, Homing Instincts speaks to the deepest concerns and hopes of a generation.
Sarah's writing has been featured or is forthcoming in Harper's, Pacific Standard, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Oxford American, The Paris Review Daily, Aeon, Guernica, Amazon's Kindle Singles, and elsewhere. Her essay, "Homing Instincts," was selected as notable in The Best American Essays 2014, and her essay, "Living on the Hyphen," was selected as notable in The Best American Essays 2015. She was a 2015-2016 Fulbright fellow in Oaxaca, Mexico.
Sarah holds a B.A. in History of Science from the University of Wisconsin and an M.F.A. in nonfiction from the University of Pittsburgh, where she taught nonfiction writing. She is the founder of Vela, an online magazine of nonfiction writing by women.