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The Farm She Was

4.11 of 5 stars 4.11  ·  rating details  ·  45 ratings  ·  7 reviews
A New York Times Notable Book of the Year. A Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. A story of love and loss, and the evolution of farm life as the 20th century unfolded, narrated by a feisty farm woman as she reflects on her life.
Paperback, 245 pages
Published February 15th 2000 by Bridge Works Publishing Company (first published March 25th 1998)
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Cathy Maxam
Jan 02, 2008 Cathy Maxam rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who values the past
This is a book about life and death, about survival and aging. A 90 year old woman reviews her life in her memory and in her memoirs. Her love of the farm, her strength in solitude, her common-place views and her sense of the magic and mystery of living and dying pervade the book. Irene Leahy was the last of her family. She never married or had children to whom she could pass on the wealth of her past, but her life was rich, and the ending of this book fully satisfies the reader's need to preser ...more
Maudy
Jul 12, 2007 Maudy rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: my mom
Shelves: 6-out-of-10
I did learn something from this book, that life COULD be simple. Life COULD only need friends, family, and sweet memories of the ones you loved.

The book tells a story on an old single woman, flashing back to her childhood, and returning back to her current days, in which no one can't say that it's not happy.. She's in this friendship with a woman who is taking care of her as her volunteer social work and a good-hearted doctor. This book has such energy that makes you feel good while reading it.
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Sheri
Irene "Reenie" Leahy is 90 years old. She still lives on the 85 acre farm where she was born. She knows her time is short but she wants to die at home, not at Pine Manor, where Esther thinks she should go. Esther is the caregiver from the agency that comes daily.
What a life she lived on this farm! Her mother raised sheep. Spun the wool, made their clothes. She had a garden, too, that was her domain alone. The farm was self-sustainable and Reenie and her parents had a good life. Uncle Alton, da
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Janna
This is a book to be savored, full of rural truths and observations. Her language is rich, her imagery vivid and real. I loved every minute of it.
Nancy
This is a book that should be read slowly, savoring the observations, trials, tragedies, joys and appreciation of the small things in the life of this 90 year old woman. I liked it for its poetic description as well as for its unsentimental portrayal of the hardships and triumphs of life. Plus, it presents some of the issues one faces as age takes them over and things that were once part of their self-identity must be forfeited. It certainly reminded me of my in-laws who were farmers and also st ...more
Minay
Jan 14, 2008 Minay rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: women, history buffs
Recommended to Minay by: Jennifer Stanger
Loving story of a strong woman growing up in rural New York. Tells of trials and also how she prevailed in living life to her own satisfaction. Interesting look at how different choices, really roads less taken, can work out. You will love her, admire her strength, and wish you had her spunk and determination. History period is early 20th century and there is a lot about farming and how to handle progress.
K D
I loved this book, a rpeal gem, especially since it takes place in central NY.
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