Rural Free: A Farmwife's Almanac of Country Living

Rural Free: A Farmwife's Almanac of Country Living

Rural Free A Farmwife s Almanac of Country Living This is a nature book a country book a farm book a book of living things for all people who rejoice in the rural virtues and in the spiritual freedom of the country life In a time when the complexi

  • Title: Rural Free: A Farmwife's Almanac of Country Living
  • Author: Rachel Peden Sidonie Coryn
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 314
  • Format: Hardcover
  • This is a nature book, a country book, a farm book, a book of living things for all people who rejoice in the rural virtues and in the spiritual freedom of the country life In a time when the complexities of urban life are hurling thousands into the suburbs and country, this book is like a breath of fragrant country air redolent with sweet clover and timothy Rachel PedenThis is a nature book, a country book, a farm book, a book of living things for all people who rejoice in the rural virtues and in the spiritual freedom of the country life In a time when the complexities of urban life are hurling thousands into the suburbs and country, this book is like a breath of fragrant country air redolent with sweet clover and timothy Rachel Peden is a writer of surpassing insight who deeply senses the appeal of people and other farm things to those who have left the city for the country life, to those city exiles from a country past, and to those, as well, who have always lived in rural U.S.A.Rural Free is divided into twelve eventful chapters, one for each month of the country year It is a book knee deep in life, in the endless variety, richness, motion, and events of the four seasons on a farm It is also Americana in the deepest sense, preserving the habits of mind, the talk, the pungent figures of speech which arise so spontaneously from rural life and which thin out so in a generation of city living The book is too true to be folksy, for folksiness is a product of an alien view of life in the country It is too real to be sentimental, too much engaged with the richness of life, now, this month, to be nostalgic, yet it is evocative of all the things the generations remember from the simpler life It is filled with the doings of a farm and a family, for Mrs Peden is a wife, mother, and neighbor who, fortunately for her readers, has also found the time to share her multitudinous activities Reading about it from Rachel Peden is next best to picking the goodies out of a black walnut cracked on the bottom of a flatiron on a winter s night From the inside jacket

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    I adore this book. Granted, I share the author’s interests, alma mater, and residence in a 1930s Indiana farmhouse and freely concede this is the majority of the book’s charm for me; it lives on my nightstand and I read it with the seasons. The gist: a 1950s Indiana farmwife, college grad, and freelance writer with a naturalist’s eye chronicles 12 months on her farm circa 1960. The seasonal focus gives the writing an almost luxurious pace and simplicity. Just a pleasure. It increases my lo [...]

    Rachel Peden's "Rural Free: A Farmwife's Almanac of Country Living" is, like a pot of stew slow simmering on the stove all day, a book that cannot be rushed. Consisting of 12 chapters over a modest 382 pages, I had envisioned completing the book in a not-so-ambitious two weeks thereby giving me time left in the year to tick off another book or two, or to simply enter the holidays unencumbered by literature. But Rachel Peden had other ideas, and so rather than completing the book over a leisurely [...]

    A charming and evocative month by month description of farm life in the 1950's/early 60's (this book was published in 1961) culled from columns Peden wrote for a local newspaper in Indiana. Her views are poetic and detailed especially observations of nature and creatures that I found very interesting. This may be a way of life that is vanishing and if so that is sad. Peden does not sugarcoat the natural happenings--death of a foal, a possum breaking into the henhouse, etc--but her views are in t [...]

    I got this book because it was on the "local" shelf at my library, written by someone pretty close to my hometown. I was pumped - a local book, about country living, and an old time tale of farm life in Indiana.But I couldn't make it through the first chapter. I am pretty sure the author had a special thesaurus just to look up colors to describe crap in nature. She also took at least 5 paragraphs too many to say most anything. I skipped through a few chapters and still couldn't do it.

    I love this book. Each little essay is like a self-contained meditation. I checked this out of the library, but then went out and bought it because it's a book I want to own. It's organized by seasons, so I plan on reading each month over the course of the year. Peden is full of wisdom and reminded me of the simple pleasures we can find in nature everywhere.

    This book is arranged as an Almanac, so I have been delving into it each month. as the seasons change. It reminds me of the days when the small town in which I live and grew up was the heart of a farming community.

    If you've ever wanted to live on a farm, this collection of newspaper columns written by a 1950s farm wife will make you go on zillow to see how much land is per acre. Comforting, charming, beautifully written. Perfect for a hammock on a Sunday afternoon.

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