Friday, July 29, 2011

The Bucolic Plague by Josh Kilmer-Purcell

Hilariously funny and satirically satisfying, Josh Kilmer-Purcell regales us again with a memoir of how two Manhattan Socialites give up the big city of New York for the 200 year old historical Beekman Mansion. Self described as an unconventional memoir perfectly titled as The Bucolic Plague; we follow Josh and his partner Brent as they navigate through Goat farming, a vegetable garden and the tyrannical demands of one Martha Stewart to become Gentlemen Farmers.

“Easy living” as described the world over through the looking glass of OmniMedia, both Josh and Brent discover that the demands between weekends at the farm and work in the big city is not as easy as two educated elites first thought. One part Green Acres and two parts Eva Gabor, the laugh-out-loud story of how Josh and Brent go from rubbing elbows with New York’s snobbish high society, to scooping out chicken coops and 3 feet thick hay and manure leaves you not only wanting, but also considering starting a farm of your own.

Brilliantly written, this manicured memoir reeks of charm, taste and down home Mid-Westerner sarcasm. A must read.


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