Rural Free

Rural Free : A Farmwife's Almanac of Country Living

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Rural Free, first published in 1961, beautifully conveys the joys of family life on an Indiana farm. Marked by the slow pace and rich variety of seasonal change, Rachel Peden's narrative offers an authentic month-by-month chronicle of her family's daily adventures. Today, as the slow-food movement gathers support and more urban dwellers return to the land to plant roots again in honest soil, Peden's stories of country life and her lessons on sustainability, frugality, and wastefulness gain a special resonance. Rural Free will be a source of inspiration for all who rejoice in rural virtues and the spiritual freedom of country more

Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 150 x 202 x 30mm | 521.63g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 12 b&w illus.
  • 0253221617
  • 9780253221612
  • 1,511,638

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Mrs. Peden's observation is amazingly keen, and her ability to sketch with a few strokes, the color and line of a scene or an occasion is, remarkable. . . This farm wife has written a beautiful and inspiring book. -- Raymond Holden * New York Times Book Review * Now back in print from IU Press, Rural Free's values resonate once again with a new generation that's searching for ways to re-establish a sense of community within local and natural environments. It's also a well-written pleasure to read.February/March 2010 * Bloom * [T]hese stories recount far more than just the drudgery of farm chores. Peden's prose is stunning, causing the reader to stop and read again its beauty.1/8/2010 * * Rachel Peden is a farmer's wife with an eloquent pen and a superb awareness and understanding of nature. Her observations are laced with inspired philosophies expressed in poetic prose. This is more than an almanac-it's a signpost to richer living. * Los Angeles Times * [Mrs. Peden] has a sharp eye for the parade of nature outside her window, and a fine day in May will turn her almost poetic. . . . A handsome book, illustrated with drawings to match by Sidonie coryn. -- John Barkham * Saturday Review * To all who care about nature and the changing seasons, reading it will be a satisfying experience. * Harper's Magazine * Poignant and intriguing, Rural Free is worth considering for those who want to gain a better understanding of how most of America lived throughout its history. December 2009 * Library Bookwatch * There is beauty-lots of it-down on the farm and a Hoosier farm wife has captured most of it in her first book, Rural Free. . . . The author shares her love of nature and farm living in a fascinating way with those who already experience this exciting way of life down on the farm as well as those caught in the mad whirl of city living. . . . It's delightful. -- Frank Salzarulo * Indianapolis News *show more

About Rachel Peden

Rachel Peden (1901-1975) was a newspaper columnist and author of The Land, The People and Speak to the more

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37 ratings
4.24 out of 5 stars
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4 32% (12)
3 16% (6)
2 0% (0)
1 3% (1)
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