The Dirty Life (a giveaway!)
October 26, 2011
The publishers of Kristin Kimball’s book, The Dirty Life, have given me a copy of her paperback (includes photos and recipes) to give away to one of you!
Woven between the tales of pre-dawn milking and ushering a litter of baby pigs through winter, The Dirty Life is a love story. Mark and Kristin as a couple are almost as preposterous as tackling “a whole diet farm” with horse-drawn machinery and a deflated savings account. Mark, who has never smoked, drank, cussed or downed a can of soda fuels himself on optimism and wholesome physical labor. He became a farmer because of his desire to have access to fresh, quality food. In her pre-farming life, Kristin’s exercise came from regular games of pinball; her fridge contained the Manhattan phone book and a bottle of Polish vodka.
Kimball’s writing is both gorgeously lyrical and as practical as someone who uses every part of a slaughtered cow: kidneys, testicles and tongue (which she does). She leads the reader intimately through the birth of the farm, the fiery courtship, and not only does the preposterous begin to appear plausible, but you will find yourself rooting for this unlikely couple, whose calendar reads, in the same October square: wedding and 50 chicks arrive.
To learn more about this book, go here to read a review I wrote for The Durango Telegraph.
To enter the giveaway, leave a comment below telling me about a dream you’ve followed or hope to follow.
Giveaway closed Wednesday, November 2nd.