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Hit by a farm : how I learned to stop worrying and love the barn
Friend, Catherine.
Adult Nonfiction S521.5.M6 F75 2006

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From Publishers' Weekly:

In Catherine Friend's memoir, she and life partner Melissa Peteler decide to live out the latter's longtime dream and become farmers in Minnesota. While Peteler has some experience with animals, Friend has almost none. Nevertheless, the pair buys a farm, a pickup truck, and more than 50 lambs for breeding. And as they attempt to "get back to the land," their often hilarious trails and tribulations begin. Friend's narration is entertaining and workmanlike, but at times she sounds as if she's reading to a group of school children. And this solemn but upbeat delivery isn't always appropriate. Nonetheless, Friend's enunciation is crystal clear and her pacing is perfect. A De Capo paperback. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

Migration from farm to city has been the norm for decades, but now and then an urbanite has a dream to become a farmer. When Melissa, the longtime partner of children's book author Friend, inherited some money, she wanted to buy a farm in Minnesota. Friend agreed-though neither woman had farmed before-assuming that she would spend her time writing while Melissa raised animals and grew grapes. What she didn't envision was that Melissa would draw her into all of the farming projects and drag her from one minicrisis to the next. The author tries hard to be humorous about their misadventures, but the result is often awkward. True, the situations are sometimes ludicrous, as when the two feminists physically restrain a very unwilling female goat while a male goat, "loopy with lust, flung himself on her and began thrusting." But throughout, Friend whines and worries. Only after she considers leaving does she realize that staying on the farm will work as long as Melissa does the farming herself so that Friend can pursue her own interests. Although some books, like Betty MacDonald's classic The Egg and I and Michael Korda's Country Matters, can transform the woes of farming and rural life into entertaining, sparkling tales, this one lacks such charm. An optional purchase for public libraries.-Ilse Heidmann, Washington State Lib., Olympia (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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