The Bucolic Plague: How Two Manhattanites Became Gentlemen Farmers: An Unconventional Memoir (Paperback)

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“When Josh and his pertner Brent stumble upon the Beekman Mansion during their yearly jaunt from New York City to upstate apple country, they fall in love with the dilapidated farm long before they even set foot inside. As they slowly turn from city socialites to country boys, the Beekman offers up a series of challenges: Brent's determination to live up to Martha Stewart's perfection (who just so happens to be his boss), Josh's desire to live his Oprah-inspired Best Life, 84 goats, a quiet farmhand known simply as Farmer John, a few ghosts, zombie flies, and the collapsing economy. The Bucolic Plague is indeed an unconventional -- and unforgettable -- memoir.”
— Megan Fecko, Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Lyndhurst, OH

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“I adore the Beekman boys’ story. Their unlikely story of love, the land, and a herd of goats is hilariously honest. If these two can go from Manhattan to a goat farm in upstate New York, then I can’t help feeling there is hope for us all.” –Alice Waters

“Kilmer-Purcell’s genius lies in his ability to blindside the reader with heart-wrenching truths in the midst of the most outlandish scenarios. He makes you laugh until you care.” — Armistead Maupin

Michael Perry (Coop, Truck: A Love Story) meets David Sedaris (Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim) in this follow-up to Josh Kilmer-Purcell’s beloved New York Times bestselling debut memoir, I Am Not Myself These Days—another riotous, moving, and entirely unique story of his attempt to tackle the next phase of life with his partner… on a goat farm in upstate New York.

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“Kilmer-Purcell fertilizes this narrative until it reeks of charm.”

“Enter 60 goats and homemade soap, apple-picking and an heirloom vegetable garden. Hilarity follows. And trouble. But let’s not spoil the party. It’s fun.”

The Bucolic Plague has something different to offer—if we can do it anyone can, it tells us, provided we can laugh at ourselves.”

“Side-splitting.”

“A hilarious memoir.”

“The witty new memoir from Josh Kilmer-Purcell.”

“Always entertaining and often moving.”

“Baby goats, diarrhea, and Martha Stewart. Former drag queen turned goat farmer Josh Kilmer-Purcell begins his latest book, The Bucolic Plague, with a hilarious vignette involving all three. Clearly, the man has an interesting story to tell.”

“Kilmer-Purcell writes with dramatic flair and trenchant wit, uncovering mirthful metaphors as he plows through their daily experiences.”

“This particular merging of city and country is both sweet and savory.”

“I adore the Beekman boys’ story. Their unlikely story of love, the land, and a herd of goats is hilariously honest. If these two can go from Manhattan to a goat farm in upstate New York, then I can’t help feeling there is hope for us all.”

“I gobbled up this book like…well, like goat cheese on a cracker. Kilmer-Purcell’s genius lies in his ability to blindside the reader with heart-wrenching truths in the midst of the most outlandish scenarios. He makes you laugh until you care.”

“A delicious book about two city boys who buy a farm, fall in love with a herd of goats, and attempt to revive the American dream. . . . Never has mucking out a stall been more scintillating!”

“My Amtrak seat mate in the Quiet Car, a complete stranger, insisted that I read out loud the scene -- a goat in labor -- that was making me laugh so hard I was crying. . . . Kilmer-Purcell’s book is manically funny, sweetly open and trusting, and slick and snarky.”
Product Details
ISBN: 9780061997839
ISBN-10: 0061997838
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: March 22nd, 2011
Pages: 336
Language: English
Series: P.S.