Georgia Highlands College

Local Author Speaks at GHC

October 13, 2011 – Kristin Kimball, author of the 2011 Rome-Floyd County Community Read book, The Dirty Life, visited Georgia Highlands College to talk about her book and her experience on the farm.

Kimball, in her book THE DIRTY LIFE, tells the story of two loves: one with farming, and one with a man. She travels to Pennsylvania for an interview and meets Mark, a handsome farmer with a flair for culinary courtship. Driven by love and longing for a home, she follows him to northern New York, where they transform a neglected piece of land into a sustainable farm powered by horses and supported by year-round community-supported agriculture (CSA) memberships. While learning animal husbandry, nose-to-tail cooking, and maple syrup and cheese making, Kimball also learns to cope with the harsh realities of an agrarian lifestyle.

The community read program is a cooperative project that involves GHC, Berry, Darlington, Rome-Floyd Library, and many other community partners; and seeks to foster literacy, encourage dialogue and build community in Floyd County by inviting citizens to read and discuss the same book and participate in programs related to the book and its themes. As the name suggests, the goal of "One Book/Many Voices" is not only to engage the community in shared reading of a common book, but also to encourage discussion and provide a forum for a range of views and perspectives on both the book and the issue that it raises.


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