Author: Roger L. Welsch
Publisher: Motorbooks International
Release Date: 2000
Genre: Technology & Engineering
Humorist, "tractor guy", and aspiring sex therapist Welsch is back with an all-new collection of essays guaranteed to help the discriminating male reader recognize and straddle the fine line between a happy significant other and several sheds of well-oiled machinery.
Author: Roger Welsch
Publisher: Motorbooks International
Release Date: 2003
The philosophical musings of author, television personality, and tractor nut Roger Welsch -- the 21st century's answer to Will Rogers -- have inflamed the minds of a generation (not to mention inflaming other delicate tissues). Finally, three of his most important books about the correlation between farm equipment and relationships are combined in one convenient volume, The Tractor Trilogy. Even with some of Roger's new stuff added in, this tiny package still fits into the front pouch of most overalls! Old Tractors and the Men Who Love Them seduces readers into joining the cult of Allis-Chalmers. Learn how to acquire rusty tractors while dodging an angry spouse, why the best solution to any problem begins in the local tavern, and why you should never eat peanuts in the shop. Busted Tractors and Rusty Knuckles chronicles the revival of The Woodpecker, a scrap-yard orphaned Allis-Chalmers WC. Meet local tractor experts who keep Roger on the right track, learn techniques such as goo removal and fender wrestling, and get some good advice from fellow tractor fanatics. Love, Sex, and Tractors cracks the nut that has confounded mankind since the invention of the wheel: Can men, women, and tractors coexist in peace? And where does a case of Old Milwaukee fit in the equation? In perhaps his greatest contribution to society, Roger unveils the secret to male survival: The Male Generic Apology. Book jacket.
With this wise, tender, and deeply funny novel, Marina Lewycka takes her place alongside Zadie Smith and Monica Ali as a writer who can capture the unchanging verities of family. When an elderly and newly widowed Ukrainian immigrant announces his intention to remarry, his daughters must set aside their longtime feud to thwart him. For their father’s intended is a voluptuous old-country gold digger with a proclivity for green satin underwear and an appetite for the good life of the West. As the hostilities mount and family secrets spill out, A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian combines sex, bitchiness, wit, and genuine warmth in its celebration of the pleasure of growing old disgracefully.
Author: Roger Welsch
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
Release Date: 1999-05-01
Roger Welsch did what many Americans only dream of doing. While still in his professional prime, the folklorist and humorist quit a tenured professorship and headed toward the hinterland. Resettled in the open heart of Nebraska with his wife, Welsch proceeded to learn how to live. It?s Not the End of the Earth, but You Can See It from Here is, in his own words, "a celebration" of his "rural education." ø These twenty-eight tales of the Great Plains convey in familiar Welschian style "the importance, charm, beauty, and value of the typical." They describe the wisdom that Welsch?s new-found teachers share with him. From everyday country people, he learns the fine arts of relaxing, using his noggin, trusting his instincts, and laughing a lot more, while Omaha Indian friends teach him the most profound lessons of all.
Roger Welsch's humorous take on his hahahaha Golden Years, a subject in which he now considers himself an expert. Portions of this book have been shared with friends facing medical problems and have each and every one found the humor encouraging and heartening. Anyone who is thinking about getting older will profit from a reading of this book...and of course anyone who is pretty much giving up might find something here that would change his mind. You can get old and complain, or get old and laugh; the choice is yours, and this volume gives you that choice.
Author: Michael Morpurgo
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Release Date: 2011-11-28
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Farm Boy is the heartwarming sequel to War Horse, the beloved novel that has been made into a hit play and a major motion picture. For years, Joey was a war horse, pulling ambulance carts and artillery through the battlefields of World War I. When he finally returned home to Albert and the farm, he was treated like a hero. But his adventures had only just begun. Now, generations later, Albert's son loves to tell his own grandson stories about the remarkable horse. He tells him of Joey's feats in the war, and of the time when the family risked everything betting that Joey could win a daring race. As he tells the stories, he slowly reveals a shameful secret--a secret that he's kept to himself for years. This charming book speaks to the bond between generations, and captures the spirit of rural life and the love of horses.
Author: Kristin Kimball
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: 2010-10-12
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
"This book is the story of the two love affairs that interrupted the trajectory of my life: one with farming—that dirty, concupiscent art—and the other with a complicated and exasperating farmer." Single, thirtysomething, working as a writer in New York City, Kristin Kimball was living life as an adventure. But she was beginning to feel a sense of longing for a family and for home. When she interviewed a dynamic young farmer, her world changed. Kristin knew nothing about growing vegetables, let alone raising pigs and cattle and driving horses. But on an impulse, smitten, if not yet in love, she shed her city self and moved to five hundred acres near Lake Champlain to start a new farm with him. The Dirty Life is the captivating chronicle of their first year on Essex Farm, from the cold North Country winter through the following harvest season—complete with their wedding in the loft of the barn. Kimball and her husband had a plan: to grow everything needed to feed a community. It was an ambitious idea, a bit romantic, and it worked. Every Friday evening, all year round, a hundred people travel to Essex Farm to pick up their weekly share of the "whole diet"—beef, pork, chicken, milk, eggs, maple syrup, grains, flours, dried beans, herbs, fruits, and forty different vegetables—produced by the farm. The work is done by draft horses instead of tractors, and the fertility comes from compost. Kimball’s vivid descriptions of landscape, food, cooking—and marriage—are irresistible. "As much as you transform the land by farming," she writes, "farming transforms you." In her old life, Kimball would stay out until four a.m., wear heels, and carry a handbag. Now she wakes up at four, wears Carhartts, and carries a pocket knife. At Essex Farm, she discovers the wrenching pleasures of physical work, learns that good food is at the center of a good life, falls deeply in love, and finally finds the engagement and commitment she craved in the form of a man, a small town, and a beautiful piece of land
Author: Sarah Dessen
Release Date: 2008-02-28
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
To find the truth you’ve got to be willing to hear it. When she’s modeling, Annabel is the picture of perfection. But her real life is far from perfect. Fortunately, she’s got Owen. He’s intense, music-obsessed, and dedicated to always telling the truth. And most of all, he’s determined to make Annabel happy. . . “This is young adult fiction at its best.” —School Library Journal Also by Sarah Dessen: Along for the Ride Dreamland Keeping the Moon Lock and Key The Moon and More Someone Like You That Summer This Lullaby The Truth About Forever What Happened to Goodbye
Author: William Hazlett Upson
Publisher: Benjamin Franklin Literary &
Release Date: 1977-01-01
The tractor salesman, Alexander Botts, is the personification of the American dream: He is his own boss. Although he is 'employed' by the Earthworm Tractor Company (i.e. Caterpiller, where William Hazlett Upson, Bott's creator worked for five years) it takes only one or two of the letters in Botts' immortal prose to make clear just who is in command....
Two Caravans is the hilarious and engaging second novel from bestselling author Marina Lewycka. A field of strawberries in Kent... And sitting in it are two caravans - one for the men and one for the women. The residents are from all over: miner's son Andriy is from the old Ukraine, while sexy young Irina is from the new: they each other warily. There are the Poles, Tomasz and Yola; two Chinese girls; and Emauel from Malawi. They're all here to pick strawberries in England's green and pleasant land. But these days England's not so pleasant for immigrants. Not with Russian gangster-wannabes like Vulk, who's taken a shine to Irina and thinks kidnapping is a wooing strategy. And so Andriy - who really doesn't fancy Irina, honest - must set off in search of that girl he's not in love with. 'Immensely appealing. All but sings with zest for life...could hardly be more engaging, shrewd and winningly perceptive' Sunday Times 'Extremely funny, closely observed insights, scenes of farce, tragedy and horror' The Times Literary Supplement 'Hilarious and horrifying, Two Caravans is funny, clever and well observed' Guardian Bestselling author Marina Lewkyca has received great critical acclaim since the publication of her hilarious first novel A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian in 2005, which was the winner of the Bollinger Everyman Prize for Comic Fiction 2005, winner of the Saga Award for Wit 2005, shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2005 and longlisted for the Booker prize 2005. Her other humorous novels We Are All Made of Glue and Various Pets Alive and Dead are also available from Penguin. Two Caravans is published as Strawberry Fields in the USA and Canada.