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The Dirty Life: A Story of Farming the Land and Falling in Love Paperback – 7 Apr 2011


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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Portobello Books Ltd (7 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846273277
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846273278
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 2.1 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 279,003 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Kimball is a lyrical stylist, who writes with precision, authority and gratitude about what is evidently an idyllic life' --Daily Mail

`A captivating memoir ... passionate, inspiring, and well written'
--Irish Times

About the Author

Before becoming a farmer, KRISTIN KIMBALL graduated from Harvard University and worked as a freelance writer, writing teacher, and an assistant to a literary agent in New York City. Since 2003, she and her husband have run Essex Farm in the Adirondacks, where they live with their young daughter.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Love Words on 26 Oct 2012
Format: Paperback
Kristin Kimball abandoned vegetarianism, restaurant meals, frequent travel, the NYC urban life for a unique, dedicated, centered man with a dream. Together, they combined their hard work ethic, their skills, their passion to create a large, challenging, wonderful organic farm. This book concentrates on the progress of their first year through the seasons. Their story is so engaging and informative, I could hardly put it down. I learned a great deal about farming, food production, and commitment. Proposition 37, on the California ballot, is a measure to require labeling on genetically engineered food. This issue will only become more prominent. The Dirty Life promotes clean, productive living and clean, delicious food. I read the hardbook edition, subtitled: on farming, food, and love.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By patchwork mum on 24 Jun 2012
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We like to think of ourselves as enjoying the 'Good life' growing veg and keeping chicks, and yearn for a smallholding one day, so The Dirty Life was a fantastic insight into farming, albeit on a bit American scale. I came away with great admiration for Kristin who completely changed her way of life, and writes with a great easy to read style. The book follows the ups and downs of the farming year. I'm now enjoying following their story on their website through their blog.
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A hearty well written, highly intelligent autobiographical account that reads like chick lit, and manages to be both uplifting, evocative, very informative and rich with wonderful characters.
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By J Woollatt on 18 Jun 2014
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Good (if American) read enjoyed book but difficult to relate to uk as in USA all is different to normal
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By Bobby on 9 Jun 2014
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I felt I learnt a bit about old farming methods and brought home how tough it is to work the land.

It took me back to my childhood when I lived on a farm and we still milked the cows ourselves.

Parts were touching and I got a real picture of the place and people.
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