Good Husbandry: A Memoir by Kristin Kimball
I read Kristin Kimball’s first memoir, The Dirty Life, back in 2016 when my husband and I were in our third year of homesteading. Her writing was so lovely and while she shared the good and the bad, it was written in such a way that I had hope for the future and could see our own struggles as an adventure.
Kimball was a thirtysomething writer living in NYC when she met her future husband Mark, a farmer passionate about growing and providing food for his community. Together the couple moved to the five hundred acre Essex Farm and Kimball chronicled their first year from planting to harvesting to their barn wedding.
Romantic, ambitious, and eye-opening, I loved reading Kimball’s adventures so I was thrilled to learn about her upcoming memoir, Good Husbandry.
Kimball’s second memoir, Good Husbandry, chronicles several years on Essex Farm. Once again her writing shines with savory descriptions and most importantly: honesty.
Through the birth of their two daughters, harsh seasons, financial pressures, injuries as well as aging; Kristin and Mark’s marriage suffered under the strain. Kimball does not hold back when explaining both the beauty and the darkness that followed them as their lives changed in profound ways.
I loved Kimball’s reflections on motherhood and how it changed her role on the farm and shifted her perspective about Mark and their home.
Her insight into caring and providing for a community is powerful. I appreciate her passion and mission and am thrilled to see their story continue through her evocative writing.
Thanks to Scribner for providing me with an advanced reader’s copy. Good Husbandry: A Memoir is scheduled for release on October 15, 2019.