Kathleen's Reviews > The Bucolic Plague: How Two Manhattanites Became Gentlemen Farmers: An Unconventional Memoir

The Bucolic Plague by Josh Kilmer-Purcell
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Sep 01, 10

bookshelves: biography, humor, non-fiction, read-in-2010
Read in September, 2010

A former drag queen turned advertising executive and his partner, the doctor on call to comment for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, tire of Manhattan bustle and purchase a weekend place to become gentleman farmers. Hilarity ensues.

There are goats that get diarrhea on their way to a Martha Stewart shoot and evil zombie cluster flies that infest the mansion. The triumphs and tribulations all gardeners experience are magnified when Josh expands his garden plot to nine times its original size. The stress of the economic downturn costing both men their jobs as well as the impossibility of making the farm pay for itself puts an incredible strain on their relationship. The inclusion of this fact makes the memoir honest and stressful because ever since page surprise-your-partner-with-eighty-goats-he-already-said-no-to, I was really rooting for those two crazy kids.

Spoiler alert: things work out and they get a reality TV show. A reality TV show I may actually consider watching even though it is, as previously stated, reality TV. Come on, gay guys on a goat farm, what's not to love?
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Molly And then they invent a champagne mojito and, like reese's peanut butter cups, two good things make an even better thing, and all is well with the world.


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