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The Dirty Life

On Farming, Food, and Love

by Kristin Kimball

Hardcover, 276 pages, Simon & Schuster, List Price: $25 |


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Documents the first year spent by the Harvard-graduate author with her new husband on their sustainable farm in the Adirondacks, describing how she withdrew from big-city life to be married in their barn loft, the difficult obstacles they faced attempting to provide a whole diet for one hundred locals, and the rewards of a physical-labor lifestyle.

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