A happy series of accidents and a doughnut-laden escape upstate take Josh Kilmer-Purcell and his partner, Brent Ridge, to the doorstep of the magnificent (and fabulously for sale) Beekman Mansion. And so begins their transformation from uptight urbanites into the 200-year-old-mansion-owning Beekman Boys. Suddenly Josh---a full-time New Yorker with a successful advertising career---and Brent find themselves weekend farmers, surrounded by nature's bounty and an eclectic cast: roosters who double as a wedding cover band; Bubbly, the bionic cat; and a herd of goats, courtesy of their new caretaker, Farmer John.
The Bucolic Plague is a tart and sweet, touching and laugh-out-loud funny story about goats, mud, homemade soap, approaching middle age, and finding new depths of love and commitment wherever you live.
©2010 Josh Kilmer-Purcell (P)2011 Tantor
"Kilmer-Purcell fertilizes this narrative until it reeks of charm." (The New York Times)
It is rare that a book makes me laugh out loud, but this one did - even at the gym while on the elliptical. This was an entertaining, yet honest, sometimes poignant, story.
Great listen though I think the narrator could have been better. Coming from a "rowhouse" in Philadelphia, upon moving 15 miles outside the city limits, I purchased an end unit "townhouse". I then felt I had to get a riding mower since the lawn was bigger than a postage stamp. I can so feel their pain, especially having Martha Stewart as a friend. Very enjoyable.
Brent and Josh and Polka Dot
Yes! and I did twice.
This is a great story. I already ordered the soap for my son who is allergic to everything and it is working great on him!!
I wander what Martha thinks of this book? It's a well written chronicle of the two city boys trying to find the farming skills they need to save the Beekman mansion, only to finally realise that their urban savvy is what they needed all along. A really honest and forthright read.
the common conversation style of the writting
Brent, Josh, and farmer John
I have never listened to him before but thought he was a very good for this story
Not so much extreme but had me laughing and snickering through the whole book
a very easy read/listen type of book. If you are familiar with the fabulous beekman boys , it makes the book even more enjoyable.
My wife and I both got bored with the book about 60 percent of the way through and quit listening. I had a hardcopy of the book that I gave to a friend, and he said he passed it along too because it was too shallow.
So two city slickers spend LOADS of money buying a cool historic country farm and mansion, go to parties at Martha Stewart's house, have wacky adventures with animals (like feeling sad over killing turkeys only to learn real ones don't offer much meat and so the Thanksgiving party doesn't have enough food), and turn the farm into an online site complete with blog. Of course, commuting and the large expenses put demands on their relationship so they have spats.
It just didn't work for me. Maybe if you're more into New Yorker anxiety and celebrities, you'd like it more.
I didn't read the print version.
Bubby the cat, of course!
Near the end when they were not sure if they would be together or even keep the Beekman. The writing captured that sadness and loss.
I liked Josh's first book even though I considered it so sad, so I chose this one. The opening scene did not grab me and I didn't like the reader for that scene BUT I decided to stick with it and I'm so glad I did. Once we got into the story I was hooked right into it and I quickly changed my mind about the reader.
Lesson learned - keep an open mind when you start an audio book. The reader can make or break a story but give them a full chance!
I was sad the book ended because I wanted to just keep hearing about their adventures at the Beekman.
Loved this book! It made me smile knowing there are others that go through good times and hard times and feel the same emotions I do. But....we keep on going.....somehow... and buy our seeds so to speak and hope for a brighter future.
The story of how a couple purchase an old estate. They spend the weekdays in Manhattan in their regular jobs and renovate the home/property on the weekends. A lot of funny stories, along with struggles in their relationship.
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