Republic Of Dirt: A Return to Woefield Farm by Susan Juby

Republic Of Dirt: A Return to Woefield Farm

bySusan Juby

Kobo ebook | February 17, 2015

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Prudence Burns is an overly idealistic Brooklyn girl who has inherited a derelict plot of land named Woefield Farm. Her motley crew of farm hands consists of Earl, an elderly, reclusive bluegrass legend; Seth, an agoraphobic heavy-metal blogger in early recovery from alcoholism; and Sara, an 11-year-old girl with a flock of elite show poultry.

When Prudence is felled by a thyroid condition, things on the farm begin to fall apart, resulting in valiant and sometimes ill-advised attempts to restore domestic bliss. Efforts are complicated by a renegade mule, attempts to turn a hideously ugly child’s playhouse into a high-yield roadside farm stand, and an electrical station’s worth of crossed wires. Will Prudence get well? Will Seth finally get rid of his pesky virginity? Will Earl rescue Sara? And will anyone, ever, admit they might be wrong?

Told in four highly distinct, unforgettably hilarious, and sometimes heartbreaking voices, Republic of Dirt is about what happens when passions collide with pride and what it takes to save each other, our small part of the planet, and ourselves.

Title:Republic Of Dirt: A Return to Woefield FarmFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:February 17, 2015Publisher:Harper PerennialLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:144342398X

ISBN - 13:9781443423984


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Actually one of the best books I've read! I absolutely loved this book, it was just amazing! I cannot even put into words how much I adored each and every character and the plot itself!
Date published: 2017-10-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this book! I read the first book in this series and loved it, and the second does not disappoint at all. Great characters, funny and really charming. Wonderful! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Funny Charming read This is book 2 of "The Woefield Poultry Collective" but I had no idea it was a second book in a series. I read it anyway and absolutely loved it. Funny, warm just great all round .I have now also just finished reading book #1. Also great. Both books have great characters. I did prefer the second book , I must admit not sure why. I will be keeping these two and reading them again, which is something I never do. I recommend you read these books if you just want a laugh.
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A sweet and refreshing great read! First word to last ..a great read. The characters were so believable..well done Susan Juby! I am hoping for a sequel.
Date published: 2015-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Want More of Woefield Farm! Susan Juby is brilliant and Woefield Poultry Collective is hilarious. I read it in two days. Similar in voice to the Alice series this book is a must read for Juby fans. I live where Woefield is set and in is only my sanity that is keeping me from finding Woefield farm and going to visit Please Ms. Juby. more!
Date published: 2011-08-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hilarious Will remind the reader of Ann Boulton but with a dash more nonsense. Rich characters. Should be a nominee for the Stephen Leacock Award.
Date published: 2011-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Susan Juby Nails it again with "Woefield" This novel is Susan Juby's first novel aimed specifically at an adult audience but teens and adults alike will be devouring this book. "The Woefield Poultry Collective" is told from the point of view of 4 characters - Prudence, a New Yorker who inherits a rundown farm and doesn't realize that farming fresh, local, organic produce isn't as easy as a trip to Whole Foods but has a positive attitude and amazing work ethic - Earl, the farm hand with a mysterious family history involving bluegrass and a dislike of change - Seth, a 21 year old alcoholic celebrity blogger who is a recluse because of an incident with his drama teacher - and Sara, an 11-year-old Jr. poultry fancier with a less than idyllic home life but stunning chickens. Each character is familiar and feels like someone you know, but given such charm and quirks that they're entirely fresh and quirky and you're forced to stay on your toes with them and how they surprise you. Prudence, Earl, Seth and Sara create a troop that not only have to deal with their personal struggles and pasts, but also have to work together for one another and for Woefield which is in threat of being closed down as so many bills and debts were accumulated before Prudence inherited it. However, Prudence's dreams for a responsibly farmed land get derailed and the bank believes she's running a rehab centre as well. The characters quickly endear themselves to you and the comedy is balanced as only Susan Juby can with a heartfelt realism and sensitivity that make her characters live and breathe and make this reader want to find Woefield Farm and buy their produce. The book has received fantastic reviews from Publisher's Weekly, as well as authors such as Tish Cohen, Robin Antalek, Susan Gregg Gilmore and Meg Cabot. Susan Juby lives up to her fans' expectations and surpasses them time and time again and "The Woefield Poultry Collective" is no exception. I'll be purchasing more copies to give away and recommend not lending your copy out because this is one of those books that your friends and family will "forget" to return.
Date published: 2011-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Laugh out loud, feel good read Normally, I would begin by telling you a bit about the plot and what I though would follow....But - I cannot wait 'til the end of the post to tell you how much I ADORED this book. Susan Juby is a Canadian author who has previously written award winning young adult novels, but The Woefield Poultry collective is her first book written specifically for adults. Prudence Burns is a young, idealistic New Yorker, determined to do the right thing for the earth - she makes her own bread (even hand milling the ancient grains) recycles everything, shares a car service, buys from local co-ops and even has a worm composter. "I don't know about you, but for me there came that moment during every visit to the farmers' market when I wanted more. I wanted to be the one standing behind the folding table, a truck of organic produce at my back, displaying my heirloom tomatoes and baby potatoes. I want to be the one handing over glossy sheaves of swiss chard at a reasonable price and talking knowledgeably about my mushroom patch. The one looking cold and somewhat chapped about the face and hands, yet more alive than anyone else in unfashionable rubber boots and dirty pants." Her enthusiasm has not rubbed off on her live in boyfriend Leo. In fact, those worms were the final straw. When she gets a call telling her that she has inherited a farm from her only remaining relative, Great Uncle Harold (whom she's never met) she packs up and moves to Vancouver Island, Canada. She'll be able to make those dreams come true! Dreams and reality collide when she arrives. Farm is an enthusiastic term for what she finds, and apparently she has inherited a 'negative asset' according to the bank. But our Prue is eternally optimistic... "The property was spectacular. So rugged and untouched. All that wonderful grass. The beauty of stray stones in a field." "A farm is nothing but limitless potential, waiting to be uncovered." She has also inherited Earl, a sometime handyman who has lived on the property for 35 years. Her planned strawberry social memorial to Uncle Harold introduces her to a few more of the neighbours. Seth from across the way ends up asking if she has a room to rent. His mother wants him out of the house as he's been in hiding since that incident with the drama club, writing celebrity gossip and heavy metal blogs from the confines of his basement bedroom. And he might have a wee bit of a drinking problem. Prudence takes him in in exchange for chore duty. And during that strawberry social she also meets Sara's mother, who asks if she would mind building a coop and housing her daughter's chickens - they just can't keep them in their residential neighbourhood any longer. They'll pay of course - so the answer is yes. And these are the residents of Woefield Farm. The story is told in chapters from the viewpoint of each of the characters. All four of them leap off the page - each voice is funny, unique and sometimes heartbreaking. Eleven year old Sara especially grabbed me. There are lots of problems at home and she spends more and more time at the farm, trying to live her life according the the guidelines and principles of the Junior Poultry Club - Getting Started, Take Action and Leaders Are Even Tempered. Prudence is unfailingly optimistic. Her view is sunny when there isn't a ray in sight. Really, she's the kind of person you would love to know and have as a friend. And someone you just can't help cheering for. Juby is a very funny woman. It takes a lot for me to laugh out loud while reading, but Prudence's forays into Home Depot, and a disastrous attempt at sheep shearing and tmany other scenes had me laughing out loud at work - prompting more than one read aloud session to my co workers. Four diverse personalities band together to save the farm and in the process - save themselves. The Woefield Poultry Collective is a hilarious, heartwarming, heartbreaking, heartfelt heck of a read. I was going at breakneck pace and had to put the book down and save the final 50 pages. I just didn't want it to end. Maybe...we'll hear more from the farm in the future? What do you think Susan?
Date published: 2011-03-15