HAPPY NEW YEAR!
This morning, I opened my Excel document entitled “Blog Calendar” and reviewed all of the posts I failed to publish/was supposed to write over the last two weeks. But I feel perfectly fine with this work-neglect. I had the most delightful two weeks of Christmas break. I went to bed before midnight once. I woke up before 8:30am once. I spent everyday with beautiful people and I read a lot of books. I had an actual vacation and it was brilliant. I’ll be back soon with some Christmas/New Years thoughts. But until then, here. Read this book.
I found Kristin Kimball’s “The Dirty Life: A Memoir of Farming, Food and Love” in the “To be Stocked” pile of my favourite Bellingham bookstore: Village Books. I love memoirs. A sucker for non-fiction, tell me your story, I’m all about it. I read this book cover-to-cover one afternoon. (Yes, I realize this has been my story for all 3 featured books on “recently read”… but I’m telling the truth. I’m a fast reader and happen to have an extreme personality. All or nothing for me!)
Kristin Kimball was a writer, living and working in New York City. She desired a change of pace and decided to interview a young farmer named Mark. She visited his farm near Lake Champlain and… surprisingly, she fell in love. With a man oh-so-very different from all of her past relationships in the Big Apple. Kristin knew nothing about suburb life… let alone farm life but she picked up her life and moved to Essex Farm. The book chronicles Kristin and Mark’s first year together (while engaged, waiting for their wedding) and their adventure in creating a farm that hopefully, would produce enough food to completely feed one community a year.
This book resonated with my simple heart. I don’t know if I’ll ever move to a farm. I enjoy perks of the suburbs, the thrills of working in the city… but this one thing I know: people are the only thing that matters. Everything else fades. And where good people and good food is? That’s a pretty happy place. I enjoyed reading about the processes of farm life, 4 am wakeup calls, and good old fashioned hard work. Below is one of my favourite quotes from Kristin’s fiancé (at the time, now husband):
This, this quote. It may seem like an insignificant line to some, but I adored it.
Rating: 4/5 – So many things I truly loved, but you have to “stick out” some of the very long, detailed descriptions of farm life – perhaps if I knew more, it would’ve been easier to follow. Just a warning, if you don’t like slow books, this one may be hard to get through. But I found it hauntingly and honestly beautiful.