Book Review Friday – The Dirty Life

I like to read. A lot. As a matter a fact, I think there’s a love-hate relationship between books and I. Since I was little, I liked to flip pages of some books and I was forced to do that for other books, especially the ones mandatory for school. Actually, there is one book that I really, really liked to read and its story stayed with me after school. And that was The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood. There are two other books I started reading, was going to get into it, but hey! they came on film too — shhhhh — so I did watch the movies instead. And that’s for A streetcar named desire, a play written by Tennessee Williams, and Lord of the Flies, by William Golding. I don’t have enough fingers and toes to name all the books I read and really enjoyed, that in fact were not for school, and I actually hoped they were, because I could’ve nailed all the analyzing reports and role playing that would have been assigned.

And now I’m older and wiser and I wish I had more time to read, but would like to start a trend of Book Reviews on the third Friday of every month. Let’s hope the plan keeps up and I will be more enticed to read some more books.

Let’s start with a book I was readying just as we were hunting for an acreage property.



A memoir of a city girl moving to the country side and loving it! Exchanging stilettos for rubber boots and embarking on this magnificent journey into the unknown. And I could really relate!

“This book is the story of the two love affairs that interrupted the trajectory of my life: one with farming—that dirty, concupiscent art—and the other with a complicated and exasperating farmer.”

The book starts off with present time, as her husband cooks dinner for them after a long day on the farm. And she paints a beautiful picture of smell and noises that you feel you are sitting at the same table with them, and it’s a wonderful feeling. The rest of the book focuses on her journey to how she got there. Where it all started, in the city, and why  she ended up in the country side in the first place. It’s about how they met and all the struggles during their first year as farmers. It’s a real lesson for anyone who needs to know how much intense labor goes into providing food. Their work involves a lot of manual labour, with little or no help from machinery, but the rewards outweigh the struggles. A look at the true definition of organic farming is a definite eye-opener.

Her farm’s model is to go beyond conventional CSA and offer its 150 shareholders food all year long. And not just vegetables. They raise pigs, beef cattle, and chickens; run a dairy for fresh milk, butter and cheese; tap a sugar bush for maple syrup and orchards for fresh fruit. They also offer grains, flour and dried beans and can up tomatoes and other veg in the fall.

I found the book very inspirational and it beautifully portrays her love affair with her husband, their lives together, but also her new affair with a new self, as she puts behind the city life, and discovers her tough, flexible, resourceful, strong farmer persona within herself.


And guess what? She still blogs and you can follow her at


2 Thoughts on “Book Review Friday – The Dirty Life

  1. Great idea on the book review trend 🙂 I need to get this book too. I read some of the reviews myself and and her blog is very inspiring

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