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    DescriptionSingle, thirty-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 five hundred 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.


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    Title
    The Dirty Life
    Subtitle
    On Farming, Food, and Love
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Kristin Kimball, Narrator Tavia Gilbert
    Physical properties
    Format: CD-Audio
    Width: 137 mm
    Height: 165 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 204 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781452602783
    ISBN 10: 1452602786
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BIO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.0
    BIC subject category V2: TV
    B&T Merchandise Category: AUD
    BIC subject category V2: BGA
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: CT
    B&T General Subject: 170
    DC22: B
    Abridged Dewey: 920
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: TP090
    Ingram Theme: SEXL/FEMINE
    BISAC V2.8: SOC000000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 55580
    BISAC V2.8: SOC055000
    Ingram Subject Code: JA
    Libri: I-JA
    BISAC V2.8: SOC026020
    DC22: 630.92
    BISAC V2.8: BIO026000
    LC subject heading: , , , , , ,
    Thema V1.0: TV, JBSC, DNBA
    Edition
    Unabridged
    Edition statement
    Unabridged
    Publisher
    Tantor Media, Inc
    Imprint name
    Tantor Media, Inc
    Publication date
    15 June 2011
    Publication City/Country
    Old Saybrook, CT
    Author Information
    Kristin Kimball is a farmer and writer living in northern New York. She has run Essex Farm with her husband, Mark, since 2003, where the couple lives with their two daughters. Tavia Gilbert, a multiple Audie Award nominee and "AudioFile" Earphones and Parent's Choice Award-winning producer, narrator, and writer, has appeared on stage and in film. She has narrated over two hundred multicast and solo voice audiobooks.
    Review quote
    "Kimball has a gift for throwing into high relief contemporary Americans' disconnect between farm-life realities and city ambitions." ---Booklist