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    DescriptionNovella Carpenter loves cities--the culture, the crowds, the energy. At the same time, she can't shake the fact that she is the daughter of two back-to-the-land hippies who taught her to love nature and eat vegetables. Ambivalent about repeating her parents' disastrous mistakes, yet drawn to the idea of backyard self-sufficiency, Carpenter decided that it might be possible to have it both ways: a homegrown vegetable plot as well as museums, bars, concerts, and a twenty-four-hour convenience mart mere minutes away. Especially when she moved to a ramshackle house in inner-city Oakland and discovered a weed-choked, garbage-strewn abandoned lot next door. She closed her eyes and pictured heirloom tomatoes, a beehive, and a chicken coop. What started out as a few egg-laying chickens led to turkeys, geese, and ducks. Soon, some rabbits joined the fun, then two 300-pound pigs. And no, these charming and eccentric animals weren't pets; she was a farmer, not a zookeeper. Novella was raising these animals for dinner. Novella Carpenter's corner of downtown Oakland is populated by unforgettable characters. Lana ("anal" spelled backward, she reminds us) runs a speakeasy across the street and refuses to hurt even a fly, let alone condone raising turkeys for Thanksgiving. Bobby, the homeless man who collects cars and car parts just outside the farm, is an invaluable neighborhood concierge. The turkeys, Harold and Maude, tend to escape on a daily basis to cavort with the prostitutes hanging around just off the highway nearby. Every day on this strange and beautiful farm, urban meets rural in the most surprising ways. For anyone who has ever grown herbs on their windowsill or tomatoes on their fire escape, or who has obsessed over the offerings at the local farmers' market, Carpenter's story will capture your heart. And if you've ever considered leaving it all behind to become a farmer outside the city limits or looked at the abandoned lot next door with a gleam in your eye, consider this both a cautionary tale and a full-throated call to action. "Farm City" is an unforgettably charming memoir, full of hilarious moments, fascinating farmers' tips, and a great deal of heart. It is also a moving meditation on urban life versus the natural world and what we have given up to live the way we do.


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    Title
    Farm City
    Subtitle
    The Education of an Urban Farmer
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Novella Carpenter, Narrator Karen White
    Physical properties
    Format: CD-Audio
    Width: 165 mm
    Height: 170 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 408 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781400142989
    ISBN 10: 1400142989
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BIO
    BISAC V2.8: TEC003000
    BIC subject category V2: TV
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.8A
    B&T Merchandise Category: AUD
    BIC subject category V2: BM
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    LC classification: CT
    B&T General Subject: 170
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    DC22: B
    Ingram Theme: CULT/WESTRN, CULT/WSTCST, GEOG/CALIFO
    Abridged Dewey: 920
    BISAC V2.8: BIO022000
    BIC subject category V2: BGBA
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 51600
    B&T Approval Code: A23306400
    Ingram Theme: CULT/NCALIF
    Ingram Subject Code: JA
    Libri: I-JA
    DC22: 630.92
    BISAC V2.8: BIO026000
    Ingram Theme: LOCL/CAOAKL
    Thema V1.0: TV, DNC, DNBB1
    Edition
    Unabridged
    Edition statement
    Library ed
    Publisher
    Tantor Media, Inc
    Imprint name
    Tantor Media, Inc
    Publication date
    23 July 2009
    Publication City/Country
    Old Saybrook, CT
    Author Information
    Novella Carpenter attended Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism, where she studied under Michael Pollan for two years, and her writing has appeared in Salon.com, Saveur.com, and "Mother Jones." Karen White has been narrating and directing audiobooks for more than a dozen years and has well over one hundred books to her credit. Honored to be included among "AudioFile"'s Best Voices 2010 and 2011, she is also an Audie Award finalist and has earned multiple "AudioFile" Earphones Awards for narration and direction.
    Review quote
    ""Utterly enchanting.... The juxtaposition of the farming life with inner-city grit...elevates it to the realm of the magical."" ---Publishers Weekly Starred Review