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The Bucolic Plague: How Two Manhattanites Became Gentlemen Farmers: An Unconventional Memoir | [Josh Kilmer-Purcell]

The Bucolic Plague: How Two Manhattanites Became Gentlemen Farmers: An Unconventional Memoir

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"Kilmer-Purcell fertilizes this narrative until it reeks of charm." (The New York Times)

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    Crystal United States 01-31-12
    Crystal United States 01-31-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Real and Funny"

    This book is like a breath of fresh air, real and funny. The performace was excellent.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    hot mama usa 01-21-13
    hot mama usa 01-21-13

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    "So Funny and Sweet"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Bucolic Plague to be better than the print version?

    Equal


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Brent and Josh and Polka Dot


    What about Johnny Heller’s performance did you like?

    Yes


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes! and I did twice.


    Any additional comments?

    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!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marijane Milton, DE, United States 08-01-11
    Marijane Milton, DE, United States 08-01-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Great beach listen"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Orlando Murrieta, CA, United States 10-15-13
    Orlando Murrieta, CA, United States 10-15-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Bye bye city, hello country"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Reno, NV, United States 09-13-12
    Mark Reno, NV, United States 09-13-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Selling your dream and name dropping"
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    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    cherish lakewood, ca, United States 05-19-12
    cherish lakewood, ca, United States 05-19-12 Member Since 2012
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    "hillarious"
    What made the experience of listening to The Bucolic Plague the most enjoyable?

    the common conversation style of the writting


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Brent, Josh, and farmer John


    Have you listened to any of Johnny Heller’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have never listened to him before but thought he was a very good for this story


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not so much extreme but had me laughing and snickering through the whole book


    Any additional comments?

    a very easy read/listen type of book. If you are familiar with the fabulous beekman boys , it makes the book even more enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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