The Bucolic Plague: From Drag Queen to Goat Farmer: An Unconventional Memoir

Josh Kilmer-Purcell, Author HarperCollins $24.99 (304p) ISBN 978-0-06-133698-0

Raised in rural Wisconsin, Kilmer-Purcell moved to Manhattan to work in advertising in the 1990s. In his memoir I Am Not Myself These Days , he wrote about moonlighting as a nightclub drag queen. Now he recalls how he and his partner, Dr. Brent Ridge, a Martha Stewart Omni Media v-p, became weekend farmers after purchasing the 19th-century Beekman Mansion on 60 acres near the “hauntingly beautiful” town of Sharon Springs, N.Y. Kilmer-Purcell writes with dramatic flair and trenchant wit, uncovering mirthful metaphors as he plows through their daily experiences, meeting neighbors, signing on caretaker Farmer John, herding goats, canning tomatoes, and digging a garden, as they fix up the 205-year-old house. Cleverly contrasting ad agency life with rustic barn mucking, he must choose: “I just can’t face spending the rest of my life behind a desk selling dish soap to Middle America. Hell, I want to be Middle America.” This entertaining book gets an extra big boost from the forthcoming Beekman Farm , a Planet Green documentary TV series about the dynamic duo’s eco-adventures scheduled to air this spring. (June)

Reviewed on: 04/12/2010
Release date: 06/01/2010
Ebook - 336 pages - 978-0-06-199699-3
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