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Hay Fever: How Chasing a Dream on a Vermont Farm Changed My Life

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  • Posted July 25, 2010

    Summer reading, not much more

    There are so many of those books on the market right now, nobody knows what to expect. The book is easy to read, with a lot of cute details about the goats. Makes the reading very easy and flowing. As expected, it flows through the years and the season.

    Even though she is trying to show how difficult it is to be successful, it gives more the impression that this was a side project for her. Never feels like the project was a life decision (financially or emotionally).

    Nonetheless, Miller should stay at her first two jobs, agenting and farming. She should not go into authoring. The book feels like a pet project that she should have avoided. Sad to say because the cheese is great but you are left a little dry at the end of the book.

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  • Posted May 25, 2010

    Don't bother

    This is a poorly written book by a rich New Yorker playing at farming. Don't waste your time or money.

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  • Posted May 16, 2010

    Hay Fever, by Angela Miller, with Ralph Gardner

    You don't have to love Vermont, or even goats--though you should care about cheese--to enjoy this book. The authors pull you into the complex inner workings of a small goat farm, and into Angela Miller's one-of-a-kind life as Vermont goat farmer and New York City book editor and agent. She comes through not as a visionary or miracle worker, but as a capable and vulnerable woman who is trying to bring to fruition one of today's favorite urban fantasies.

    She confronts the thorny issues of goat birth and goat death and goat sorrow. She writes about getting a frantic call--in the middle of lunch with an important client in a posh NYC restaurant--from one of her farm workers. Sobbing, the girl says she forgot to close the hen house door, and something got in during the night. Now all the hens are dead, and what should she do?

    As den mother to a flock of local teenage goat milkers and cheese makers, Miller writes candidly about personnel troubles, while communicating warmth and affection towards the people who work at the farm. Best of all, she turns her goat husbandry and award-winning cheese-making into a way of fostering community in the microscopic village where it all happens.

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  • Posted May 14, 2010

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    I am absolutely IN LOVE with this book!! I have only been reading it for a few weeks but I know that I'll be sad to turn the last page.
    It is informative while entertaining and it's fun to know that everything I am reading about is actually taking place, right now, on a farm in Vermont.
    The complex characters (well... real people) add to the story, and let's not forget the goats! If you don't want to own your own goat cheese farm by the end of this book, then at least you should want a pet goat.
    As a young cook (under 20) and an aspiring farmer, this book is teaching me the in's and out's of the trade and all the behind the scenes chaos that we city dwellers are oblivious to.
    I am clinging to every page!


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