February Book Review - "The Dirty Life" by Kristin Kimball

This latest book that I accidentally stumbled upon (thanks to a free US airways magazine) is absolutely great! In "The Dirty Life", author Kristin Kimball chronicles her own "growing up" from a Manhattanite travel writer to a married woman, mother and farmer.  It is intriguing to see her point of view and how it gradually evolves in each of the book's sections - named after the seasons, which, in my humble little opinion as an avid reader, is quite poetic. :)

Some of my favorite quotes from the book are below:

about her life before farming:

"I wasn't much of a cook back then.  I appreciated good food, but I didn't have a steady relationship with it.  Food was more like a series of one-night stands, set in front of me at a restaurant or delivered in little white containers by a guy on a bicycle." (Kimball 13)

about her husband:

"Mark was not one of those people. He tried, as much as possible, to live outside of the river of consumption that is normal life in America.  He preferred secondhand everything, from underwear to appliances.  Even better than secondhand was handmade.  He dreamed aloud to me of someday making his own toothbrushes out of boar's bristles" (214).

about her realizations over time:

"It wasn't Mark or the farm or marriage I was trying to shake loose from but my own imperfect self, and even if I kept moving, she would dog me all the way around the world, forever" (258).

The rest of the book, you have to read for yourself.  It's worth it!

Join the online bookclub here and post your comments about the book as you read it.  Enjoy.

M