Friday, April 1, 2011

April and May's Book Disussion - The Dirty Life by Kristin Kimball

Happy April, Everyone!
Today officially starts the reading and discussion of The Dirty Life by Kristin Kimball.

If you are just joining us, you can read more about her book here.

Now for my confession, this book is still on order for me. Estimated delivery isn't until the first week of May. So I'm not going to be able to start this discussion out with any type of review. I'll have to leave it to those of you have it in hand already to start it off and I'll be sure to chime in as soon as my copy makes its way to my door.

Let's talk!

What is your initial opinion of this book?

Further Discussions:

14 comments:

Casie said...

Psst... you can get the Kindle edition from Amazon and download a free kindle app for your computer and read it right away!

Anonymous said...

Thanks Casie!! I was just about to go on a hunt for it since all of my Library's copies are out and have holds, and Amazon no longer sells the hardcover, and the paperback is not released until 4/12!

Linda Bruce said...

I just rec'd my book yesterday from an Amazon vendor. I read only a few pages last night but I'm excited to read more. What impresses me so far is that the book presents a new image of people who farm as people who are wise and insightful, people who love, respect and appreciate nature, and people who find joy and true pleasure in reaping the simple rewards of their work. I aspire to those virtues, and so I hope the book will inspire me as I try to cultivate a more ethical and mutually-supportive relationship with nature.

Crafty Farmer said...

FYI - I downloaded it via Amazon/Kindle to my Droid.

Anyway, I am grateful to have found this "book club" because otherwise I probably wouldn't have heard of this book. I am halfway through the book and am enjoying it. There are a lot of comments she makes that I can relate to - loved the observation about news/media.

It will be interesting to see what others have to say about this book....

Sheri said...

I did think about getting this book for the Kindle, but with all of the good reviews I had been seeing, I'm thinking that I'm going to want to loan it out to friends.
So I'll wait (not so patiently) for the paper copy. Sigh.

Cathy said...

I did the Kindle download for my Android phone as well...just trying to hurry and finish my other book so I can get started on this one :).

l0rdsservant said...

I just picked up the book from the library yesterday and am eager to read it. I made it through the prologue while nursing our little one, but had to stop short in the first chapter to check the kidding goat (such is life!). I was particularly fond of how Kimball wrote about farming rooting itself into the soul. So true! I can only assume the rest of the book will be equally endearing!

cloudberryjam said...

I finished it last night (with many tears and laughs in the epilogue, actually). It really is an interesting book that is hard to put down. I did wonder about some things, though. I wasn't sure why she included the part about Hawaii and what that added to the story. In fact, I think it kind of detracted from it a bit. I wish she would have spent that time talking more about the CSA instead and how they made improvements to that over time. Info about initial members or more details about the hiring process for their first employees would have seemed more fitting.

Anonymous said...

Really was a wonderful read. Agree, it was hard to put down and I did not want it to end.

Quite an adventure for Kristin, since she had no real background for farming before her trying to interview a certain farmer in Pennsylvania. I think the point of the narrative about Hawaii was to bring Kristin's final change of heart into perspective.

Gretchen said...

I have just begun the book. Fun read. She is a bold woman who really knows how to trust her own heart. No way I could have made that transition or decision with such a glaring gap in knowledge. Maybe I'm not humble enough. :) Really appreciate her humility and honesty. Excited for more.

Leslie said...

Picked up my copy from the library and hope to squirrel away a little time this afternoon to start reading. Looks like an interesting book and can't wait to dig in and discuss it with all of you!

Grey said...

I'm about a quarter of the way into it and trying not to read any comments until I'm done! It's fantastic, I can't put it down!

Sheri said...

Hey All,
I just posted 2 discussion questions here:
http://polyfaceyum.blogspot.com/2011/04/discussions-for-dirty-life-question-1.html

Hope you can join in!

Fit For Life said...

Love, love, love this book! Kristin Kimball just visited Washington College, my alma mater, and where I work now in the admissions office.

She's fantastic in person, as she is in the book. Good pick!

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