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The Dirty Life: A Memoir of Farming, Food, and Love
by Kristin Kimball
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Funny, delightful autobiography. ( )
I’ve lived most of my adult life in farming communities and many of my friends are farmers, so while I’ve never farmed, I know enough about the way they talk. And it ain’t like this. Seriously, I enjoyed this book and leaned a lot about organic farming, but I couldn’t help but laugh as I listened (I had the audio version of “The Dirty Life”) to Kimball’s poetic descriptions of the agrarian life. Much of it sounded more like an English literature PhD dissertation than a memoir about farming a la Amish style. And how often has a distressed cow had The New Yorker read to her the way Kimball did. And who would possibly see Sandra Cisneros in the face of another cow. Well, Kimball did. The wedding scene near the end of the books was a cross between Woodstock Hippie and Fifth Avenue Chic. After all, don’t we all have guests “coming from Europe”? Enough snark. Kimball is really an excellent writer. It just mixes a little strangely with the…dirt.
Really liked the writing. It was hard for this vegetarian to read the animal slaughter scenes, but I must say I respect people who kill their own food A LOT. If all food could be raised the way these people do it the world would be a better place.
Just can't get enough of these "I trashed my city life and moved to a farm even though I know nothing about farming" books. Not only is this a great story, with plenty of humor and quotable parts, but Kimball writes phrases that just seem extra profound and well-crafted. As a backyard gardener, I couldn't ever grow everything that she and her fiancee attempt to do, but I sure enjoy reading about their efforts and taking a few moments to imagine myself in that situation. I think this is one of my favorite farming books so far.
Very interesting and real. The good and the bad of farming.
After interviewing a young farmer, writer Kristen Kimball gave up her urban lifestyle to begin a farm with her interviewee near Lake Champlain in northern New York.
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An edition of this book was published by Tantor Media.