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French Dirt: The Story of a Garden in the South of France

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A story about dirt--and about sun, water, work, elation, and defeat. And about the sublime pleasure of having a little piece of French land all to oneself to till.

Richard Goodman saw the ad in the paper: "SOUTHERN FRANCE: Stone house in Village near Nimes/Avignon/Uzes. 4 BR, 2 baths, fireplace, books, desk, bikes. Perfect for writing, painting, exploring and experiencing la France profonde. $450 mo. plus utilities." And, with his girlfriend, he left New York City to spend a year in Southern France.

The village was small--no shops, no gas station, no post office, only a café and a school. St. Sebastien de Caisson was home to farmers and vintners. Every evening Goodman watched the villagers congregate and longed to be a part of their camaraderie. But they weren't interested in him: he was just another American, come to visit and soon to leave. So Goodman laced up his work boots and ventured out into the vineyards to work among them. He met them first as a hired worker, and then as a farmer of his own small plot of land.

French Dirt is a love story between a man and his garden. It's about plowing, planting, watering, and tending. It's about cabbage, tomatoes, parsley, and eggplant. Most of all, it's about the growing friendship between an American outsider and a close-knit community of French farmers.

"There's a genuine sweetness about the way the cucumbers and tomatoes bridge the divide of nationality."--The New York Times Book Review

"One of the most charming, perceptive and subtle books ever written about the French by an American."--San Francisco Chronicle

Synopsis:

When New Yorker Richard Goodman takes off for the South of France for one sun-baked fantasy year living in a winemaking village, he begins what is ultimately a love affair with a garden. This is the tenth anniversary paperback edition of a travel classic.

About the Author

Richard Goodman has written articles for the New York Times, Vanity Fair, Commonweal, Garden Design, the Michigan Quarterly Review, Creative Nonfiction, and Salon.com. He has twice been the recipient of a MacDowell Colony Residency. He created, wrote, and narrated a six-part series about New York City for public radio in Virginia. He lives in New York City.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781565123526
Author:
Goodman, Richard
Publisher:
Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Location:
Chapel Hill, N.C.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Europe - France
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Vegetable gardening
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
France, Southern
Subject:
TRAVEL / Europe / France
Subject:
GARDENING / Essays
Subject:
Travel Writing-General
Subject:
GARDENING / Essays & Narratives
Copyright:
Edition Description:
1524234
Series Volume:
1
Publication Date:
20020431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
5 x 8.5
Pages:
203
Dimensions:
215.9 x 127 x 16.002 mm

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"Synopsis" by , When New Yorker Richard Goodman takes off for the South of France for one sun-baked fantasy year living in a winemaking village, he begins what is ultimately a love affair with a garden. This is the tenth anniversary paperback edition of a travel classic.
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