The Dirty Life: A Memoir of Farming, Food, and Love
"This book is the story of the two love affairs that interrupted the trajectory of my life: one with farming—that dirty, concupiscent art—and the other with a complicated and exasperating farmer ...more
I'll return in a minute as to why I thi ...more
Kristin Kimball lived, breathed and played in NYC until the fateful day she visited an organic farm with the intent of writing a magazine article. Dressed like a city girl she got drafted to help out until the farm's owner could spare time to talk to her. That was the be ...more
Somehow in a very deep way this effort from Kristin Kimball touched me, connected the dots in me and for me in ways I heret ...more
There are a lot of characters that a ...more
Question number one- I'm an agricultural journalist. WHY HASN'T THIS HAPPENED TO ME????
(Perhaps it is because I interview farmers all the time, but generally they aren't young, single or hot. Admittedly, some of the older farmers who like me often make a point of mentioning their single sons ...more
Question: Why is farming like a relationship?
Answer: Because you do not reap what you sow. That's a lie. You reap what you sow, hill, cultivate, fertilize, harvest, and store.
― Kristin Kimball, The Dirty Life: On Farming, Food, and Love
I can count on my fingers the number of memoirs I've read. And the ones I did were either just plain not interesting or the writer came across as self-absorbed and narcissistic to the point of being off-putting. So, I started this book with a great deal of reser ...more
Kimball gives us an amazingly good look at her move from New York writer to Old Wave farmer. We also learn a little about local sourcing and Ms. Kimball's interior life as she makes the transition. Having grown up on something resembling a farm I und ...more
This is not the kind of book I usually read, but someone gave it to me. I was surprised that it kept my interest. Only a couple times did I skim a paragraph or two.
College educated city girl Kristin leaves that life to be with Mark a farmer. The two of them work every day to exhaustion. Emergencies and work never end. Kristin initially went with Mark because she desired family and children and maybe felt like something was missing ...more
An impetuous young female writer, financially and emotionally destitute, longing for love, home and motherhood would have accepted almost anything making her life different. She did, surrendering to a willful man and his work.
In a depiction of her man as the wizened one, she ever the apprentice, The Dirty Life is Kristin Kimball’s account of her introduction to horse powered commu ...more
There was a lot of farming jargon that I did not understand. I was reading it on my Nook, so I did a half-hearted attempt t ...more
Kristin Kimball is not just a farmer who has written a good book; she's a great writer who has a worthy subject.
This is soooo not The Pioneer Woman. It's more like Little House on the Prairie, for adults. Yes, it's that good.
The book is the author's account of how she left her glamorous freelance writer's life to marry a diehard, back to the earth man , who has a dream of starting a CSA farm that will provide all the food needs for shareholders, as much as a per ...more
What I would love to have seen much more of in the book wa ...more
Along the way she descri ...more