Dirt Under My Nails: An American Farmer and Her Changing Land----1st Printing with Author Inscription

Foster, Marilee

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AS NEW Hardcover/AS NEW Dustjacket PERSONALLY INSCRIBED BY author in blue ink directly onto the 1st empty page.2002 Stated 1st Edition, First Printing ; a highly collectible TRUE 1st Edition (since 1st Printing) with AUTHOR INSCRIPTION. Flawless pictorial DJ, original $22.95 price on front flap, is immaculate, fully intact with NO shelfwear OF ANY KIND. DJ is now in clear Brodart archival jacket (easily removable). Flawless Book is Immaculate and completely unmarked except for author inscription; there are no remainder marks, stickers; bookplates, underlining, writing; missing, soiled, damaged pages. Text block is clean, square, tight. Coverboards, spine, binding, corners are all in Pristine condition .Pages are crisp, white, bright and clean.The author is farming her family’s land as a 5th generation farmer in Sagaponack, NY (the Hamptons) where her farm is surrounded with $8-10 million McMansions. She writes over the course of a year, musing on the changes wrought on the East End during a year’s cycle by the weather and change of seasons and the summer people. She also shares her life as part of the real Hamptons, not the weekend or summer residents. Beautifully poetic, insightful book. Ships promptly, wrapped in bubblewrap and shipped in special box with protective padding inside by an experienced rare book dealer. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: A woman farmer observes with a poetic and appreciative eye the transformation of the plant and animal life on her land through the changing seasons, and now through the encroachment of residential development.

From the Publisher: Author Marilee Foster is a modern farm woman, 31 and single, the fifth generation of her family to plant and harvest her fields. She observes with a poetic and appreciative eye the transformation of the plant and animal life on her land through the changing seasons--and through the encroachment on the environment of residential development.

With a section devoted to each of the seasons, she interweaves the timeless rhythms of nature with the story of a year of her life on the land, the tales of her ancestors who farmed it before her, and descriptions of what it is like to be a contemporary farmer.

Her land is situated in "the Hamptons" at the eastern end of Long Island, an area that has been growing as an international resort community. This has driven up land values. What inspires a modern college-educated young woman and her family, working land that could be sold for tens of millions of dollars, to elect to pursue the hard life of farming rather than cash in for an easier existence? The author answers that as she reflects on her love of the land. She reflects, too, on the impact of residential development on the environment and on local farmers. This is a story of "the other Hamptons" or what one might call "the real Hamptons." But at the same time it is a story that reflects in microcosm American farming nationwide and the enduring beauty of nature's bounty even as the farm scene changes, with inevitable environmental consequences.

The author muses on the habits of farm cats and guinea hens, white throat sparrows and wrens, potato beetles, ants and ladybugs. She watches as the springtime plow "breaks winter's seal," senses the scents of summer, joins in the mending of barns and machines. She comments on local political and environmental wars, the secrets of old cemeteries, the ever-changing weather. And she helps the reader understand what it is that inspires a young modern woman to choose farming as a career, a way of life.

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Title: Dirt Under My Nails: An American Farmer and ...
Publisher: U.S.A.: Bridgeworks
Publication Date: 2002
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: New
Edition: 1st Edition

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