Friend Stopping By RCB Monday Night

friend.JPGIt’s happened several times the past few weeks. I’ll be in everybody’s favorite neighborhood bookstore and someone will mention Hit by a Farm: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Barn, a book by Catherine Friend.

It’s hilarious, they’ll say. Touching. True. In fact, “Hit by a Farm” has been a huge surprise hit of the season at River City Books — and no one I’ve talked to that has read it has a bad word to say about the book.

Lucky for readers, Ms. Friend is visiting RCB at 7 p.m., Monday night (Dec. 11) for a reading and book signing. I hope you’re able to make it for what should prove to be a special event. Hit by a Farm: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Barn, regularly $14.95 in paperback, is on sale at River City for 15 percent off through the event.

A quickie review of the book:

Farming had never been Friend’s ambition; her fantasies ran more along the lines of nurturing her career as a children’s book writer. But when this self-confessed urban bookworm’s partner of 12 years, Melissa, decided she wanted to fulfill a lifelong dream of owning a farm, Catherine was talked into buying 53 worn-out acres in rural Minnesota. What ensues is a crash course in both living off and with the land that ultimately allows Catherine to help Melissa reach her goal while not losing sight of her own.

“Hit by a Farm” is a hilarious recounting of Catherine and Melissa’s trials of “getting back to the land.” It is also a coming-of (middle)-age story of a woman trying to cross the divide between who she is and who she wants to be, and the story of a couple who say “goodbye city life” — and learn more than they ever bargained for about love, land, and the strange things that happen when one takes daily care of animals.

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