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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 ...
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Overview

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."
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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
(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616891718
  • Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
  • Publication date: 7/2/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 283,139
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Verlyn Klinkenborg comes from a family of Iowa farmers and is the author of Making Hay, The Last Fine Time, The Rural Life, Timothy, and Several Short Sentences About Writing. A member of the Edited byial board of the New York Times, he has written for The New Yorker, Harper's, Esquire, National Geographic, Mother Jones, and the New York Times Magazine, among others. He teaches creative writing at Yale University and Pomona College and lives on a small farm in upstate New York.

Nigel Peake is both a maker and an illustrator. With a background in architecture, he creates drawings of the everyday things that surrounds him. He leads a quiet life where the interest is on what is on his walk that day. Most of his days are spent working on commissioned work or self related projects/books. In addition, he provides illustrations for a range of publications as well as high-profile commercial projects, including Hermes, Ninja Tunes, the Royal Horticultural Society, Habitat, and Dwell magazine. He is the author of three previous books including Sheds, and Maps, and he has exhibited his drawings around the world.

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