I've been making an effort to read more narrative nonfiction and I couldn't have found a better choice than Good Husbandry by Kristin Kimball. From her naïve beginning and the capriciousness of weather and time, to the particular challenges she faced as a partner and a mother, I felt as invested in Essex Farm as she is. Like all good stories - fiction or nonfiction - Kimball's memoir considers what it means to build a good, happy life, and how we are tested in that endeavor. You don't need to know the first thing about farming to love this book
Mary Beth Keane
A likeable, engrossing and sensible piece of writing. It has much wisdom on food, agriculture and ordinary human relationships, and tells the stories of lives across species... compelling and useful in its honesty
An honest and unsentimental portrayal of what country life is like in the early 21st century... An enjoyable and insightful read... Beautifully written
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The Dirty Life
Kristin Kimball had no plans to become a farmer. But then she met Mark and everything changed. Within a few months, she’d traded her high heels, vegetarian diet and city apartment for a pair of boots, a troupe of chickens, and a shared commitment to turning 500 swampy acres into an organic community farm. Passionate, inspiring and beautifully written, this is a true story of following your dreams and learning to grow your own happiness.