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The Dirty Life: On Farming, Food, and Love | [Kristin Kimball]

The Dirty Life: On Farming, Food, and Love

Single, 30-something, and working as a writer in New York City, Kristin Kimball was living life as an adventure. But she was beginning to feel a sense of longing for a family and for home. When she interviewed a dynamic young farmer, her world changed. Kristin knew nothing about growing vegetables, let alone raising pigs and cattle and driving horses. But on an impulse, smitten, if not yet in love, she shed her city self and moved to 500 acres near Lake Champlain to start a new farm with him.
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Publisher's Summary

Single, 30-something, and working as a writer in New York City, Kristin Kimball was living life as an adventure. But she was beginning to feel a sense of longing for a family and for home. When she interviewed a dynamic young farmer, her world changed. Kristin knew nothing about growing vegetables, let alone raising pigs and cattle and driving horses. But on an impulse, smitten, if not yet in love, she shed her city self and moved to 500 acres near Lake Champlain to start a new farm with him. The Dirty Life is the captivating chronicle of their first year on Essex Farm, from the cold North Country winter through the following harvest season---complete with their wedding in the loft of the barn.

Kimball and her husband had a plan: to grow everything needed to feed a community. It was an ambitious idea, a bit romantic, and it worked. Every Friday evening, all year round, a hundred people travel to Essex Farm to pick up their weekly share of the "whole diet"---beef, pork, chicken, milk, eggs, maple syrup, grains, flours, dried beans, herbs, fruits, and forty different vegetables---produced by the farm. The work is done by draft horses instead of tractors, and the fertility comes from compost. Kimball's vivid descriptions of landscape, food, cooking---and marriage---are irresistible.

"As much as you transform the land by farming," she writes, "farming transforms you." In her old life, Kimball would stay out until four AM, wear heels, and carry a handbag. Now she wakes up at four, wears Carhartts, and carries a pocket knife. At Essex Farm, she discovers the wrenching pleasures of physical work, learns that good food is at the center of a good life, falls deeply in love, and finally finds the engagement and commitment she craved in the form of a man, a small town, and a beautiful piece of land.

©2010 Kristin Kimball (P)2011 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"Kimball has a gift for throwing into high relief contemporary Americans' disconnect between farm-life realities and city ambitions." (Booklist)

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    Daniel Cleveland Heights, OH, United States 08-14-12
    Daniel Cleveland Heights, OH, United States 08-14-12
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    "more like a romance novel"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I was quite disappointed within the first 20 minutes of the reading to discover that this was more about a woman's fantasy of a "real man" and what he could do for her than it was about farming or a non-sexual transition from city to country life. Would not recommend at all.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Paul LAS VEGAS, NV, United States 06-17-13
    Paul LAS VEGAS, NV, United States 06-17-13 Member Since 2009
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    "An enchanting story, but poorly told."
    If you could sum up The Dirty Life in three words, what would they be?

    City girl farms.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Tavia Gilbert’s performances?

    No, never. She is one of these precise, very accurate readers who is careful to enunciate every single vowel and consonant. No one talks like that! She also seems to have a snippy disdain for the very content she is relating. I really would have loved to have heard the author tell this story herself.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ken Newport, MI, United States 09-12-12
    Ken Newport, MI, United States 09-12-12
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    "Good...Because I was looking for more about Farmin"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Little to much of a love story. Wanted to here more about those PIGS!


    Would you be willing to try another book from Kristin Kimball? Why or why not?

    Sure....If more was about the Farm


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Tavia Gilbert?

    Sure


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Sure


    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Amber Bare IDAHO FALLS, ID, US 04-28-15
    Amber Bare IDAHO FALLS, ID, US 04-28-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Loved!"

    Not what I expected, it was even better. Makes me want to move to the country and start a farm well more like a very small gardens.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    T. K. Gardinier Columbus, OH USA 03-12-15
    T. K. Gardinier Columbus, OH USA 03-12-15 Member Since 2015

    Trina Gardinier

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    "Makes me want to be a farmer..."

    Not really, but I'd gladly visit a farm now. And I'm going to invest in a CSA in my area because of this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 03-24-14
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    "Falling in Love With the Land"
    Any additional comments?

    Those of us who buy not grow our food have romantic ideas of what it's like to work the land. This book quickly extinguishes the romance and shows the reader the down and dirty, no pun intended. Nevertheless, I loved this book, the characters were so real. I didn't want it to end. I have a new appreciation for what it takes to get the food to my table.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bethany Roseville, MN, United States 10-20-13
    Bethany Roseville, MN, United States 10-20-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Simply a great book!"
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    I really enjoyed this book. I loved her journey! I love the idea of needing to incorporate more physical work in your day! and how rewarding it is. I look at all of my daily chores differently and try to find the joy in them!
    What they are doing is amazing, admirable, and inspirational.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Denise Mansfield 04-02-13 Member Since 2013

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    "partly enjoyable to read."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Would not. although it does have some good parts, it takes the "bad side" of farm life too far.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Kristin Kimball again?

    probably not


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    too much of telling how hard life is on the farm.


    Do you think The Dirty Life needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    NOPE


    Any additional comments?

    nope.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    knittymama Colorado 02-01-13
    knittymama Colorado 02-01-13
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    "I Got Sucked In And Want More!"

    I was initially turned off by the narrator's voice and was worried it would prevent me from enjoying the book. It didn't take long before I was do into the story that I was driving around the block instead of parking my car (where I do my listening) in order to hear the end of a chapter. I enjoyed how the author weaves together farm information, events, and romance. The balance meant it was never too boring or too sappy.

    This is definitely a story, not a how-to. That said, my husband and I both found it inspiring...that we can take our dreams and hard work and do something with them, even if its a little crazy.

    I can't wait until her next book comes out!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Erie, Pa, United States 06-26-12
    Andrew Erie, Pa, United States 06-26-12
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    "Loved it!"

    Captivating story of new love and farming! I enjoyed listening to this book on a drive through the midwest!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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