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Good Husbandry

A Memoir
Lu par : Kristin Kimball
Durée : 9 h et 24 min

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From the celebrated author of the beloved best seller The Dirty Life, this “superb memoir chronicles the evolution of a farm, marriage, family, and her own personal identity with humor, insight, and candor” (Publishers Weekly, starred review) detailing life on Essex Farm - a 500-acre farm that produces food for a community of 250 people.

The Dirty Life chronicled Kimball’s move from New York City to 500 acres near Lake Champlain where she started a new farm with her partner, Mark. In Good Husbandry, she reveals what happened over the next five years at Essex Farm.

Farming has many ups and downs, and the middle years were hard for the Kimballs. Mark got injured, the weather turned against them, and the farm faced financial pressures. Meanwhile, they had two small children to care for. How does one traverse the terrain of a maturing marriage and the transition from being a couple to being a family? How will the farm survive? What does a family need in order to be happy?

Kristin chose Mark and farm life after having a good look around the world, with a fair understanding of what her choices meant. She knew she had traded the possibility of a steady paycheck, of wide-open weekends and spontaneous vacations, for a life and work that was challenging but beautiful and fulfilling. So with grit and grace and a good sense of humor, she chose to dig in deeper.

Featuring some of the same local characters and cherished animals first introduced in The Dirty Life (Jet the farm dog, Delia the dairy cow, and those hardworking draft horses), plus a colorful cast of aspiring first-generation farmers who work at Essex Farm to acquire the skills they need to start sustainable farms of their own, Good Husbandry “considers what it means to build a good, happy life, and how we are tested in that endeavor” (Mary Beth Keane, New York Times best-selling author of Ask Again, Yes). 

©2019 Kristin Kimball (P)2019 Simon & Schuster

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  • apples
  • 18/10/2019

She can write but can't read

Loved her first book and this book is really enjoyable as well. For myself, I don't care for the way Kristin reads-it's irritating and takes away from the story. I wish I had ordered the book and read it instead of buying the Audible book. Read the book-don't listen to it. There's a reason that actors usually do the reading, like farming, skills are needed. Kristin can write, but should have had someone else read the book for Audible. I'm listening to her reading the book as I write this review-it's horrible, her reading is flat and....well I give up...I'm buying the book...maybe this was a plot...you end up buying the book twice.

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  • Jennifer Painter
  • 02/05/2020

Enlightening and Grounding

I’d say that Kristin’s books, The Dirty Life and Good Husbandry offer courage and perspective to help take on life’s challenges and adventures. I had the privilege of visiting Essex Farm several years ago and while I was there I picked up their newsletter, where I learned of The Dirty Life. I realized I had stumbled upon something special, nature, people, connection. Kristin’s words and narrative will stay close to my heart and continue to ground me in my own experiences with farming, food, self-growth, relationships, family, and change. I would recommend these books to anyone, and especially to people who are inclined to reflect, challenge themselves, and who strive to connect with the world around them, in whatever way they seek to do so. I found Good Husbandry to genuinely capture creativity, hard work, science, passion, relationships, hope, fear, resourcefulness, patience, perseverance, mindfulness, and individuality.

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  • MBS
  • 14/04/2020

A tale of hardship that needs a different narrator

Author's choice to narrate is unfortunate; her voice is breathy and her intonation often includes upspeak, making statements sound like questions. The author's husband seems like an incredibly difficult person; at times manic and other times confined to bed, he opposes even minor changes to a house full of inconvenient and even unsafe features, such as holes in the floor and an outdoor staircase to get to the bedrooms. I'm happy their marriage improved through counseling, but the book is just depressing on the subject, and the author's life is in danger because of old/faulty equipment more than once. I question the wisdom of her husband's decisions to produce such a vast range of foods using primarily horsepower and without drainage for many years. His ambition and intransigence seem dangerous. The farm is a gargantuan task that nearly crushes them. I've read many books on farming, and this left an overwhelmingly dour impression.

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  • Toriesaurus
  • 07/04/2020

Couldn't stop listening!

I loved every bit of it. listened to the whole thing in a day! Made me want to start my own farm, despite the hardships that were reflected upon. It touched the deeper part or my soul.

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  • Angelka Dodd
  • 23/08/2020

Gripping stories beautifully crafted.

Anyone who has ever farmed or homesteaded will be able to physically FEEL these stories. The writing is so vivid and Kristin’s narration is plainly honest and engaging, you almost don’t notice how you are being carried along on such finely crafted prose. I devoured both her books and recommend them...not enough stars to rate this book highly enough!!

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  • Jdjekdnsj
  • 28/05/2020

Beautiful

Kristin has a beautiful style; raw, heartbreaking, real and encouraging all at the same time

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  • Jennie Frederick
  • 16/03/2020

Great

Full of ups and downs and lots of heart. She gives such great descriptions I felt like I was right there with her. Great!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22/01/2020

LOVE LOVE LOVED IT !!

Having grown up in that area, the places Kristen talks so eloquently about are like home for me. Read her first book 2-3 times, then audio version, then listened to Good Husbandry. Wonderful narration, wonderful story so beautifully told. PLEASE WRITE MORE KRISTEN !!

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  • Jennifer Fife
  • 09/01/2020

A beautiful story that will take your breath away.

Loved this book, couldn't put it down. I laughed, I cried and I thought deeply.

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  • Gianni Dal Mas
  • 16/11/2019

The author shouldn't have red the book, ruining it

I should have paid more attention to a previous review of the audiobook: the way Kristin reads her book takes away too much from the story. The story is good and does show the struggles of the farm life, but her voice is really flat, depressed and... I gave up 2 hours from the end. The more I think about her complains and that her "tall husband" (Mark) makes her look inadequate for the farm, the more I wonder how interesting would be to listen to Mark's story. If you want to buy the book, definitely choose the hardcover or kindle version, not the audiobook.

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  • Mareike
  • 17/11/2019

Leider liest die Autorin ihr Buch sehr schlecht

Die beiden Bücher von Kristin Kimball sind meine absoluten Lieblingsbücher. Dieses neueste habe ich mir gleich am Erscheinungstag gekauft und ich finde es fast noch besser als das erste. Deshalb habe ich mir obendrauf noch das Hörbuch gegönnt - das ist leider eine Enttäuschung: Kristin Kimball liest ihr eigenes Buch auf eine komische und für mich unangenehme Art. Ich fand ihre Bücher so menschlich, warm und herzlich, sie liest dieses Buch aber mit einer irgendwie kalten, diszanzierten Stimme, so dass das fast ein bisschen arrogant wirkt. Vielleicht ist das aus Unsicherheit passiert, weil sie einfach keine professionelle Sprecherin ist. Egal warum, dieser Lesestil zieht das Besondere an der Geschichte ziemlich runter. Schade. Aber zum Glück kann ich die Bücher noch 100 Mal lesen, wenn ich Lust drauf habe...

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  • Daniela
  • 12/07/2020

What happens after the happy ending

A glimpse into another world, I found this book endlessly fascinating. It describes farm life and all that comes with it very vividly. The reading voice does come across as a little detached, but if you give her grace for this, you see the love, thought and emotion behind the words. I do recommend having an interest in food growing and/or farming, there is a lot of it!