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The Dirty Life: A Memoir of Farming, Food, and Love

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Klondike of the South, January 6, 2012 (view all comments by Klondike of the South)
I confess that I am a glutton for this sort of Beginning Farmer Memoir--it helps me deal with the disappointment of being stuck in a dead-end city job and keeps my five-year plan well lubricated--and this certainly hits all the right notes. But it goes far beyond the expectations of the genre with its lovely writing. I was spellbound. I ate it up in a night, a night during which I was supposed to be grading student papers. It was entirely worth it.
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Kate Gardoqui, January 1, 2012 (view all comments by Kate Gardoqui)
Part love story, part coming-of-age story, part meditation on glorious food and its dirty origins, this book is many things but never boring. Kimball's voice moves gracefully from witty and blunt to poetic and powerful as she describes her adventures, discoveries, humiliations and accomplishments as a New York City writer transforming herself to organic farmer.

The book traces Kimball's journey from hipster to farmer, which commences after she meets Mark Guenther, a farmer whom she has gone to interview for an article. Falling in love with Mark, Kristin discovers a new universe unfolding before her, a world of hard work and rich rewards, of food pulled fresh from the mud to simmer and blossom in the pan. Kristin is as good a food writer as a memoirist, and her descriptions of rustic delicacies inspired me to try new ingredients and recipes.

I've started using parts of The Dirty Life with my eleventh and twelfth grade English students, who share my rave review. The honesty and humor of Kimball's writing voice pulls them in, and the vividness of her storytelling keeps them reading. Five stars for this wise and compelling tale.
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maren, January 1, 2012 (view all comments by maren)
The author perfectly blends her experience with the local food movement and the challenges of a young relationship. It comes across as refreshingly honest without being overly sappy or too self-absorbed. I simply enjoyed the book, but it also seems like it could be a relationship self-help book for those individuals who wouldn't be caught dead reading a relationship self-help book.
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JanetE, September 1, 2011 (view all comments by JanetE)
Dirty Life is Eat, Pray, Love with a funny, self-deprecating narrator and a novel twist on the popular memoir of self-discovery and transformation. An urban journalist assigned to write a little piece on the burgeoning small-farms movement, Kimball gets collared by Cupid in a carrot patch and chucks everything to follow this hunky farmer (my friend says all this book lacks is a centerfold of Kimball's husband) on his quest to feed the people. She sustains an honest, intelligent and hilarious voice throughout her chronicle of leaving behind the world of the agnes b. blouse and the subway for a back-to-the-land life she never knew she wanted, not sparing readers or herself the less-attractive moments of second thoughts and wild missteps. Along the way she clues all of us--wherever we may find ourselves on the spectrum from subway to compost pile--in to the joys and satisfactions and necessities of being involved with what we eat, whether we grow it ourselves or just come to know and appreciate the people who grow it for us. Funny, smart and well-paced. Highly recommended.
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ISBN:
9781416551614
Subtitle:
A Memoir of Farming, Food, and Love
Author:
Kimball, Kristin
Publisher:
Scribner
Subject:
Biography - General
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20110412
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
6 bandamp;w photos throughout
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8 x 5.25 in

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