Dirty Chick

Dirty Chick

Adventures of An Unlikely Farmer

Book - 2015
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Antonia Murphy, you might say, is an unlikely farmer. Born and bred in San Francisco, she spent much of her life as a liberal urban cliché, and her interactions with the animal kingdom rarely extended past dinner. But then she became a mother. And when her eldest son was born with a rare, mysterious genetic condition, she and her husband, Peter, decided it was time to slow down and find a supportive community. So the Murphys moved to Purua, New Zealand, a rural area where most residents maintained private farms, complete with chickens, goats, and (this being New Zealand) sheep. The result was a comic disaster, and when one day their son had a medical crisis, it was also a little bit terrifying. Dirty Chick chronicles Antonia's first year of life as an artisan farmer. Having bought into the myth that farming is a peaceful, fulfilling endeavor that allows one to commune with nature and live the way humans were meant to live, Antonia soon realized that the reality is far dirtier and way more disgusting than she ever imagined. Among the things she learned the hard way: Cows are prone to a number of serious bowel ailments, goat mating involves an astounding amount of urine, and roosters are complete and unredeemable assholes. But for all its traumas, Antonia quickly embraced farm life, getting drunk on homemade wine (it doesn't cause hangovers!), making cheese (except for the cat hair, it's a tremendously satisfying hobby), and raising a baby lamb (which was addictively cute until it grew into a sheep). Along the way, she met locals as colorful as the New Zealand countryside, including a seasoned farmer who took a dim view of Antonia's novice attempts, a Maori man so handy he could survive a zombie apocalypse, and a woman proficient in sculpting alpaca heads made from their own wool.
Publisher: New York, New York : Gotham Books, 2015
ISBN: 9781592409051
Characteristics: xiv, 256 pages ; 22 cm
Call Number: B MURPHY, A


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ArapahoeKati Aug 22, 2017

Hilarious! I was snorting every other page. I loved Murphy's writing style and just how casually she drops something disgusting but farm-related into her books, which made me feel like I was right alongside her and her family. Recommend!

ontherideau Feb 07, 2017

A Canadian story I feel has more warmth and character is The Republic of Dirt by Susan Juby.

Cynthia_N Aug 28, 2015

Awesome book! The author's last name is Murphy and it's very fitting because everything that could go wrong ... did. This book chronicles theMurphyfamily's first year farming while caring for their two children (a daughter and a special needs son). It was a hilarious adventure and I enjoyed reading it!


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