More Scenes from the Rural Life

More Scenes from the Rural Life

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by Verlyn Klinkenborg
     
 

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Verlyn Klinkenborg's regular column, The Rural Life, is one of the most read and beloved in the New York Times. Since 1997, he has written eloquently on every aspect, large and small, of life on his upstate New York farm, including his animals, the weather and landscape, and the trials and rewards of physical labor, as well as broader issues about

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Verlyn Klinkenborg's regular column, The Rural Life, is one of the most read and beloved in the New York Times. Since 1997, he has written eloquently on every aspect, large and small, of life on his upstate New York farm, including his animals, the weather and landscape, and the trials and rewards of physical labor, as well as broader issues about agriculture and land use behind farming today. Klinkenborg's pieces are admired as much for their poetic writing as for their insight: peonies are "the sheepdog of flowers," dry snow "tumbles off the angled end of the plow-blade as if each crystal were completely independent, almost charged with static electricity," and land is most valuable "for its silence, its freedom from language." Klinkenborg writes with a grace and understanding that makes us more aware of the world around us, whether we live on a farm or in the middle of a city. More Scenes from the Rural Life gathers together 150 of his best pieces since his last collection, The Rural Life, was published a decade ago. For anybody with an appreciation of nature, language, or both, this book is certain to delight.

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"It's graceful, poetic, sharp—and rewards both a straight-through reading and dipping into dates according to season." - Shelf-Awareness
Library Journal
New York Times columnist Klinkenborg’s latest book certainly plays into the current popular focus on slow food, agriculture, agrarian nostalgia, and (to a certain extent) conspicuous nonconsumption. In this sequel to The Rural Life, which drew from his Times columns on similar subjects, Klinkenborg details his experiences over ten years on his upstate New York farm as he milks cows and ponders foxes, tomato vines, changing seasons, the city vs. the country, and the cycles of life from birth to death and seed to rot. Midway through, Klinkenborg includes an informative and enlightening analysis of the cattle industry and how much of the United States’ agriculture is dependent on beef and vice versa.

Verdict The tone of this book has far more gravitas than Kristin Kimball’s memoir The Dirty Life, and even Michael Pollan fans might find it a bit verbose. Still, it’s a solid addition to the farm lit genre. Slow food here makes for a slow but pleasant read.—Stacie Williams, Lexington P.L., KY
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781616891565
Publisher:
Princeton Architectural Press
Publication date:
05/14/2013
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
469,987
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Klinkenborg is the author of The Rural Life, Making Hay, The Last Fine Time, and Timothy: Or Notes of an Abject Reptile

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More Scenes from the Rural Life 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a gorgeous book of essays about farm life and all of life. He writes with great warmth and sly humor. This is the perfect book to curl up with after a stressful or sad day. Just lovely!