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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (738 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Catherine Friend Narrator: Catherine Friend Publisher: Dog Ear Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2012 ISBN:
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Catherine Friend was happy being an author and writing instructor. She always wore clean clothes. She never had anything disagreeable stuck to the bottom of her shoes. That all changed the day she agreed to help her partner Melissa fulfill Melissa's lifelong ambition to farm in Minnesota. Catherine and Melissa embark on a rural odyssey filled with sheep, goats, chicken, llamas, and a host of other natural disasters. As it turns out, farming isn't all it's cracked up to be.

Hit By a Farm is a coming-of (middle)-age story of a woman trying to close the divide between who she wants to be, and who she really is. After helping Melissa realize her dream, Catherine eventually finds a way to recapture her own in this unforgettable crash course in living off - and living with - the land.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah Keliher | 2/20/2014

    " Convinced me to never raise sheep. It did, however, sell me on the idea of guard llamas. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara Cat | 2/17/2014

    " I loved Sheepish and went back to get this one, which preceded it. I think I like Sheepish better, as for this kind of book, in Sheepish the author is more settled and content, and it's more about the farm and life than a memoir/growth story. This is similar to the latter, but the author is younger and it shows. Sheepish (which I recommend highly) will go on my shelf as a good read to return to, this one might not. That said, it's a fun quick read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Autumn | 2/13/2014

    " I loved this book. What an interesting journey, both internal and extenal. Plus, she is so funny. I read another good farm book after this one, that I liked, but I so missed Catherine's sense of humor. Give me any farm book written with real honesty and humor and I'm a happy camper. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 J | 2/9/2014

    " I love a good book that makes me laugh out loud. This book earns that mark in spades. (Pun intended). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeph | 1/22/2014

    " Great book - doesn't really pertain to my own yard and gardening, but it was very entertaining to see what these two ladies have gone through in establishing their farm. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brit | 1/10/2014

    " Being a shepherdess, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It was comforting and humorous to read about other new shepherds making new shepherd mistakes. The part of the book that dealt with the author's relationship with her partner seemed to me to be beside the point, at least in the beginning. By the end of the book, though, I thought it was an interesting and important part that helped to tie the whole story together. Instead of just being a book about farming anecdotes, it was a book about one couple's life choices and how they worked through the problems that beset any partnership. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marlo | 1/8/2014

    " Great book. I loved all the animal stories. Chickens have belly buttons, llamas pee backwards (his penis can swivel), and ducks have corkscrew penises. A great book about boundaries and relationships and the two together. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terese | 1/7/2014

    " interesting, had to have mom bring it from minnesota for me .. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 12/27/2013

    " If you live or have lived on a farm, or if you're thinking of living off the land, you should read this book because you'll know exactly what the author went through to establish a farm. crazy shit. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nomegirl | 12/21/2013

    " okay book. if you're interested in farming with sheep, or just farming at all, better read this book first. true story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 12/13/2013

    " Lesbian couple buys a farm. I enjoyed reading about what all went into buying and working the farm. Lots about chickens, sheep and dogs. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annette | 12/2/2013

    " Funny and sobering read for a fantasy farmer like myself! Quickly on to read "Sheepish", the follow-up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen | 6/6/2013

    " Fun & entertaining. Read by the author. Warning though, some parts of farm life are sad. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 planetkimi | 5/12/2013

    " Hit by a Farm is both hilarious and harrowing, and altogether hard to put down. (Just don't read it in a place where you'll get in trouble for laughing ...) The only problem with this book is that it's too short! I hope she writes a sequel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan | 4/12/2013

    " This was the right book to read as I began my new year at my new farmhouse! I loved reading the memoirs of a fellow lesbian.. I know it would still have been applicable if she had been straight, but it felt good to read normal stories of a normal woman who happened to be like me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea Wright | 3/16/2013

    " It's fantastic and didn't matter that i read her books out of order of publishing. I will keep her on my to read anything knew she writes list :) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kathely | 12/4/2012

    " Too much fixation on sex. Yes, breeding happens on a farm. No, we readers do not need to hear about it in full detail every 5 minutes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lanette | 11/30/2012

    " I really enjoyed this book. It was witty and entertaining and I just loved the author's voice. I was pleasantly surprised to learn she wrote the children's book "The Perfect Nest" which I loved! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 11/16/2012

    " Catherine Friend spins (ha!) a wild tale of farm ownership, relationship woes and general hilarity. I think everyone would like this book, especially Minnesotans with any interst in at all in small scale farming and pasture-raised sheep. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frances | 7/19/2012

    " Funny and insightful. A little slower than I expected, but maybe I'm just not used to adult books anymore. :) I want to go find their farm! Lots to ponder about work, balance, and especially relationships. Sad moments, happy moments, funny moments-- and typical animal story emotions abound. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie A. | 6/11/2012

    " Who knew starting a sheep farm could be so entertaining?? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katie | 4/27/2012

    " trite, coulda seen it coming "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caroline | 4/17/2012

    " I loved reading this book. It's quick and funny, yet had moments that made me stop and think or that made me tear up a bit. My next mission now is to go and visit this farm! "

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About the Author
Author Catherine FriendCatherine Friend left a career in technical writing in Minneapolis to move with her spouse to a small farm in southeastern Minnesota. Her adult memoirs, Hit by a Farm and Sheepish, chronicle her many adventures and mishaps in the country. Her children’s picture book, The Perfect Nest, was chosen by the Wall Street Journal as one of the best read-aloud books of 2007. While she’s not always comfortable with every aspect of farming, Catherine is proud that she’s learned to take the wool from her sheep’s backs and knit it into very cool socks.