One Book One Region | Eastern Connecticut

If all of eastern Connecticut were to read one book, which would it be?

Librarians, educators and community members gather each year with that simple assignment – pick one book that 500,000 or so people who live east of the Connecticut River can read and talk about.

2014 ~ The Dirty Life by Kristin Kimball

The Dirty Life

The Dirty Life

Single, thirtysomething, working as a writer in New York City, Kristin Kimball was living life as an adventure. But she was beginning to feel a sense of longing for a family and for home. When she interviewed a dynamic young farmer, her world changed. Kristin knew nothing about growing vegetables, let alone raising pigs and cattle and driving horses. But on an impulse, smitten, if not yet in love, she shed her city self and moved to five hundred acres near Lake Champlain to start a new farm with him. The Dirty Life is the captivating chronicle of Kristin’s discovery of the pleasures of physical work, that good food is at the center of a good life, and ultimately of love.

The book chronicles Kristin and Mark’s adventures creating Essex Farm, a 500 acre draft horse-powered farm that produces a full diet for 200 people.


Author visit

Saturday, September 13, 10:00 a.m.
Ledyard High School

A Look at the history of the One Book Program in our Region:

2014 The Dirty Life
2013 Little Princes
2012 Caleb’s Crossing
2011 Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
2010 A Pearl in the Storm
2009 City of Thieves
2008 Life is So Good
2007 Across a Hundred Mountains
2006 True Story of Hansel and Gretel
2005 Mountains Beyond Mountains
2004 Kite Runner
2003 Fahrenheit 451
2002 Snow in August



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