Catherine Friend was happy being an author and writing instructor. She always wore clean clothes. She never had anything disagreeable stuck to the bottom of her shoes. That all changed the day she agreed to help her partner Melissa fulfill Melissa’s lifelong ambition to farm in Minnesota. Catherine and Melissa embark on a rural odyssey filled with sheep, goats, chicken, llamas, and a host of other natural disasters. As it turns out, farming isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
Hit By a Farm is a coming-of (middle)-age story of a woman trying to close the divide between who she wants to be, and who she really is. After helping Melissa realize her dream, Catherine eventually finds a way to recapture her own in this unforgettable crash course in living off - and living with - the land.
©2006 Catherine Friend (P)2012 Dog Ear Audio
“A sweet and funny book in the classic Hardy Girls Go Farming genre, elegantly told, from the first two pages, which are particularly riveting for the male reader, through the astonishing revelation that chickens have belly-buttons and on to the end, which comes much too soon. It has dogs, sheep, a pickup truck, women's underwear, electric fences, the works.” (Garrison Keillor)
“A charming memoir...with magical moments.” (The New York Times Book Review)
“This honest look at collaboration and compromise, the pain and joy of partnership, and the hands-on of farming will find a ready audience.” (Booklist)
I was not the target audience for this book, finding much of it ... relentless in its focus on the details of animal husbandry. There were a few funny bits, but I spent much of the time listening debating with myself whether the print book might have been a better option, for easier skimming: Lucy Ricardo meets James Herriot this is not! All of those glowing-blurb writers must have seen something I missed?
The author-narration works well enough, although I never quite got used to her strong accent, and she did pronounce a couple of words in ways that set my teeth on edge ("coyote" for example).
As a fairly new sheep rancher myself, I both laughed until it hurt at her great descriptions of animals & their issues that even a city slicker could understand. Well done!!
if it had been less self centered, more thoughtful and grown up
she lacks talent as a thinker and performer and writer--more interesting imagery, less banal observations
I am an arist and farmer too-We all have dealt with these issues--I was appalled by her selfishness, thoughtlessness, lack of depth
Less complaining would have been helpful.
The fairly constant complaining about the author's lot in farm life detracted from what would otherwise have been a fairly interesting sequence of events.
This isn't a life changing saga but it is refreshingly honest.
Her little stories of life on the farm.
Love that it was narrated by the author.
Funny, Eye Opening, Educational(with humour)
The farm animals
To be honest it sucked me in from the beginning, i loved the stories and personalities of all the farm animals those that stayed short periods and those that stayed for as long as they could.
This is one of the most enjoyable books i have read in a long time. It was very funny, incredibly well written and very honest. I felt the sadness and the joy that the writer was portraying in her life story or should i say her menage a` trios. I definitely received an eye opening education on farming and the struggles that quite frankly us city folk just don't get...nor appreciate. I giggled throughout the entire book as the writer took me on a journey of her struggles, awareness and joys with her new found life on the farm. I was very happy to read the epilogue at the end, i am well aware of the struggles of living and working with my partner of 17years and what it take to find that special balance. "A must read"
I never like to diminish the work of others for whom it represents a considerable investment of time and energy. I know this was the best work she was capable of, but sadly she wasn't capable of much in story or performance.
If I hadn't wasted a credit on this book, I would keep quiet, but I want to save others from my unfortunate fate. There are so many fantastic "adventures on a farm" books out there which have been an ongoing source of amusement over the years, but this isn't one.
The author tells us in great detail about her experiences writing children's books. Unfortunately the prose has the same level of complexity as a talented middle school student, made all the worse by her overly cheery delivery. It comes across as if we were being read to in class and gee isn't everything great!
She begins the book with a lengthy description of a weekend during which she learns how to evaluate a ram by squeezing his testicles. It would have been amusing enough except it was followed by a lengthy recounting of her sexual history and eventual coming out as a lesbian and finding her life partner with a want ad.
Rather than giving us insight into her character, this becomes a theme in the book that is distracting to the point of annoyance. It just simply isn't relevant other than to explain why two women are running a farm; a fact that could have been explained in a paragraph if the author were convinced her readers were too dull to figure it out for themselves. Genuine acceptance of the sexual orientation of others means that it becomes irrelevant - not the topic of conversation the way she has scattered it liberally though out this book.
Some of the stories are fun and their adventures are amusing, but ultimately the book is just flat. Save your credit.
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