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Dirty Chick ✯ Dirty Chick Books ✴ Author Antonia Murphy – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk “One month into our stay we’d managed to dispatch most of our charges We executed the chickens One of the cats disappeared clearly disgusted with our urban ways And Lucky the cow was escaping almo “One month into our stay we’d managed to dispatch most of our charges We executed the chickens One of the cats disappeared clearly disgusted with our urban ways And Lucky the cow was escaping almost daily It seemed we didn’t have much of a talent for farming And we still had eleven months to go”Antonia Murphy you might say is an unlikely farmer Born and bred in San Francisco she spent much of her life as a liberal urban cliché and her interactions with the animal kingdom rarely extended past dinnerBut then she became a mother And when her eldest son was born with a rare mysterious genetic condition she and her husband Peter decided it was time to slow down and find a supportive community So the Murphys moved to Purua New Zealand—a rural area where most residents maintained private farms complete with chickens goats and this being New Zealand  sheep The result was a comic disaster and when one day their son had a medical crisis it was also a little bit terrifying Dirty Chick chronicles Antonia’s first year of life as an artisan farmer Having bought into the myth that farming is a peaceful fulfilling endeavor that allows one to commune with nature and live the way humans were meant to live Antonia soon realized  that the reality is far dirtier and way disgusting than she ever imagined  Among the things she learned the hard way Cows are prone to a number of serious bowel ailments goat mating involves an astounding amount of urine and roosters are complete and unredeemable assholesBut for all its traumas Antonia uickly embraced farm life getting drunk on homemade wine it doesn’t cause hangovers making cheese except for the cat hair it’s a tremendously satisfying hobby and raising a baby lamb which was addictively cute until it grew into a sheep Along the way she met locals as colorful as the New Zealand countryside including a seasoned farmer who took a dim view of Antonia’s novice attempts a Maori man so handy he could survive a zombie apocalypse and a woman proficient in sculpting alpaca heads made from their own wool'Part family drama part cultural study and part cautionary tale Dirty Chick will leave you laughing cringing and rooting for an unconventional heroine.

  • Hardcover
  • 256 pages
  • Dirty Chick
  • Antonia Murphy
  • English
  • 17 December 2016
  • 9781592409051

About the Author: Antonia Murphy

wwwsvsereiacomAfter two splendid years of boat vagrancy Antonia and Peter docked in New Zealand to start a family In the wake of a terrible medical diagnosis for their son they set sail again this time attempting to circumnavigate New Zealand During their journey Antonia blogged regularly about their adventures at.



10 thoughts on “Dirty Chick

  1. Marcela (BookaholicCat) Marcela (BookaholicCat) says:

    The blurb summarizes perfectly what Dirty Chick Adventures of an Unlikely Farmer by Antonia Murphy is all about I will just add a few things to convince you to readlisten to this bookThis is my first time listening to an autobiography If I’m honest I never thought I would enjoy a book like Dirty Chick Adventures of an Unlikely Farmer but after I read the blurb and listened to the sample I decided to step out of my comfort zone and give this book a chance and I’m soooo glad I did it Dirty Chick Adventures of an Unlikely Farmer is funny informative self depreciating emotional and highly entertaining I not only had an amazing time listening to this audiobook I also learned a lot of things about farming farm animals and Let me tell you after listening to this audiobook I have new respect towards ducks I used to like them now I’m kind of afraid of them I won’t be able to see them with the same light as I used to Why? You need to readlisten to this book but I give you a two world clue Rapist ducks Something else I won’t be able to see in the same light again are Alpacas nosesAnother very interesting tidbit I learned with this book is that homemade wines don’t give hangover Why I didn’t know this? runs to look for homemade wine recipesRead the rest of my review at The Bookaholic Cat

  2. Sarah Scott Sarah Scott says:

    I received this book as a member of LibraryThing Early Reviewers I was actually surprised at just how much I enjoyed reading Dirty Chick by Antonia Murphy I was concerned it would be a little too trying to be funny with no actual humor which can be painful to read I was pleasantly surprised at the genuine laugh out loud situations that filled the pages along with a few tender moments particularly when discussing her developmentally delayed son SilasThere is definitely no sugar coating here with regards to certain farming techniues from the various types of animal poop being stepped on picked up and shoved in her purse to duck rapists there is certainly a sense of almost raunchy humor that may not be for the very weak stomached yet adds a certain character to the book and is the cause of many funny momentsThis is a somewhat short novel approx 250 pages and an even uicker read Murphy spends just enough time on each situationstory before moving to the next keeping the reader engaged and entertained on every page Regardless of what page you open to you will find a outlandish story being told with a hilarious narrativeMy only complaint throughout the memoir was some of the situationsdescriptions of Murphy's choices seemed incredibly naive but my enjoyment with the book as a whole allowed me to easily overlook these moments I look forward to future works by Antonia Murphy

  3. Armelle Armelle says:

    I received this book for free as a Goodreads First Reads giveawayThe adventures of an American couple raising a family in a fairly rural community in New Zealand Dirty Chick is a uick and uirky read Some people will be put off by the graphic descriptions of farm life and there is an awful lot of poop in this book but if you can make it through the introduction you're mostly home free I can also imagine that some people may take exception to what sometimes seems like a snarky tome when discussing her disabled son an alien to me it seemed like it was probably a pretty realistic description of her feelings and it's clear that many of their decisions were based on what was best for himI liked it I liked the people and the place It's well written and easy to read In some places it feels like a conversation you'd have with friends while sharing a bottle of wine and there's than a little wine in the book tooI liked the alpacas and the goats and the kids and the dogs and the well you get the idea

  4. Donna Davis Donna Davis says:

    Writing humor is risky business If one writes mainstream fiction or nonfiction and the book is not well reviewed of course it hurts writing is always personal at some level but few things are as painful as the I thought this was going to be funny review In writing about her own family and friends albeit with a few small changes to protect the privacy of the individuals concerned Antonia Murphy takes her bleeding heart in her own two hands and offers it up to the public for consumption Personally I have never laughed so hard in my life or at least not recently My thanks go to her and to the Goodreads first reads program for the ARCIf my earlier reference to Murphy and the bleeding heart made you wince you won't want to read her book either because it has lots of gooey graphic gross stuff in it It is edgy humor out there on the edge of wild like the hinterlands of New Zealand where she has made her home Well see for yourself This is from the prologue so it doesn't ruin the book for youAs I watched my goat eat her placenta I was mostly impressedPearl had always been a strict vegan so her sudden craving for raw meat showed a real taste for adventureThe placenta draped gracefully from her hinduarters a translucent pink train enclosing a network of blue veins There was a dark red ropy thing inside heavy with blood and the color of liver It was this that Pearl tucked into first craning her neck to nibble and swallowAs I read I tried to analyze what it was that made her humor work Part of it was her sense of remove the dry commentary of the detached observer even when she is right in the middle of everything But every now and again something will happen in her personal life that shatters the entire I'm just watching thing For one thing she has two children and when one meets with a really dangerous misadventure Murphy is nearly consumed with the fear the stress the confusion that every mother on this planet save for a frightening few misfits would feel at such a time So we laugh at all the icky stuff and her reactions to same but now and again we remember that she is vulnerable to the same nightmares that we are It gives us a stake in what comes next and between the hilarity most of the book and the pain deftly meted in small doses there is no putting this book down once you reach a certain pointHere's how it shook out at our house I would read a passage to myself then burst out laughing I would hustle straight past my husband a man of delicate sensibilities with regard to animals and biological detail I knew he did not want to hear it or read it or even be reminded of it Instead I made for the younger daughter's room She is a teenager with a great lust for gore so of course she loved it And I know that if I had headed for the adult son who sometimes lives here he would have chortled merrily alsoThe narrative of this amateur adventure at farming just sat on my giggle button Murphy rather than wanting to control and fix every little and large thing that occurs has this brilliantly mellow approach Wow the goats keep attacking the cars A neighbor observes that eventually they will break her windshield Huh Wellshe loves those goats so she isn't going to dead them her daughter Miranda's word She doesn't want to sell them and after all who would want them? And fences are very expensive She is after all just a renterOccasional visions of the landlords returning to find their property trashed would wink into my head then wink awayEvery time I think Murphy and her husband are in over their heads and everything is completely out of control she takes on an additional project When all is falling apart why not find something to add to it?So there's Jabberwocky the rapist rooster They might have to dead him Everyone likes baby chicks and the hens can't get preggers without him but the thing is he's psychotic Eventually she comes to understand that this is how it is with roosters They start bad and get worse and sooner or later one generally HAS to dead themGood god See what she's done to me?I have four outstanding uotes but they are too close to the end of the book and it would ruin it for you And the fact is almost every single page has at least one uote that is fucking brilliant I think I mostly marked the pages that showed transitions occurring in the plot and that's all well and good for academics but this is not an essay this is a review and therein lies the distinction Because you dear reader don't want to know how the book ends and you are capable of analyzing all its nuances yourself should you choose to do so On the other hand you could also just get the book have an outstanding weekend curled up in your favorite reading spot and then be done with itFor those not grossed out by the references in this review this is a sure fire hit Pick it up when you have the blues and I guarantee that in minutes your worries will be smaller When you look at it that way ordering a copy of this book is really the sensible thing to do

  5. Jessica Jessica says:

    Antonia Murphy grew up in the San Francisco area and never dreamed she would be a farmer But when she and her husband are expecting their first child they decide to look for a slower and affordable place to live than California They settle in New Zealand where it uickly becomes evident that most people there grow and raise at least some of their own food uickly Antonia has dreams of making homemade goat cheese and eating farm fresh eggs but the reality is much harder and dirtier than she imagined I was really excited about this one because I love a good farm memoir but I was really disappointed with this one Antonia seems like a glutton for punishment and even when it's glaringly obvious they aren't doing a great job with the animals they have she keeps getting There life was so chaotic that it stressed me out just reading about it And to top it off her older son is special needs and throughout all this animal chaos they are also trying to deal with his seizures and find the right medication to help him I appreciate self deprecating humor but she just seemed really dumb to keep adding animals that they didn't know how to take care of to their already chaotic home that they were RENTING So all along they knew there was a deadline when they would have to move so why keeping adding and animals? Instead of being funny this book was stressful and not well done The only redeeming part was the last 2 3 chapters when the community rallies together when a family loses someone unexpectedly Overall there are MANY other much better farm memoirs out there

  6. Julie Julie says:

    I haven't read too many books lately that I didn't want to end and I could have kept going reading this one Antonia Murphy and her husband decide to leave their lives in the US and sail to NZ and after a few years and two small kids find themselves housesitting for a year in rural New Zealand Left to look after the animals at the small holding they live in they gradually acuire a rather motley crew of adopted animals alpacas chickens a rooster goats and dogs With their two young children fitting into the local community is a bit of a challenge especially as their eldest Silas has special needs It sounds like they found the perfect spot though with a school that is able to adapt easily to his needsI loved this honest and highly amusing story of novice farmers I guess a lot of us have dreams of a small farm but after reading so many stories about animal poop you might want to change your mind I don't have too many illusions about it being easy but this makes me think I would be mad to create that much work for myself

  7. Denise Westlake Denise Westlake says:

    A fun and uick book of very interesting farm animal facts Author seems to be uite crazy and eually lovable Some pieces don't seem to fit but so what? Just enjoy it

  8. Margo Margo says:

    I've been on a streak lately of reading memoirs nonfiction accounts of people who have made the change to smallholding lifestyle farming This was the first book I've managed to find that's actually NZ based tho and bonus that the author is actually Californian as I am It was nice reading a similar but different account and having someone to relate to and that feels like a friend though I only know her through the book I do need a picture of the ear headbands tho

  9. Elizabeth Elizabeth says:

    I really enjoyed this autobiographical story of an American couple and their mishaps as beginner farmers in New Zealand Some parts were hilarious others were disgusting and many were brutally honest about family life Easy and enjoyable read

  10. Marianne Marianne says:

    “By now I’d learned that country life is not a pastoral painting Sure at various times during the year you might see fluffy white lambs prancing in the tall grass but those moments are rare Real country life it turns out involves blood shit and worms”Dirty Chick Adventures of an Unlikely Farmer is the first memoir by magazine journalist Antonia Murphy When the cost of health insurance in San Francisco sent Antonia Murphy looking for somewhere to migrate to New Zealand looked promising for several reasons and before long Antonia and husband Peter were sailing the Pacific in a south westerly direction Eventually they found themselves renting a house in the North Island town of Purua for a year while the owners were in Germany And somehow acuiring animals three alpacas two cats two dogs a goat two calves a lamb a rooster with insatiable libido a flock of chickens three turkeys and a pair of ducks By this time they had a developmentally delayed son and a feisty daughter Luckily they also had the help of a capable niece and the support of a bunch of wonderful neighbours “John scowled when I spoke and I realised there was a time when I would have thought he was angry at me But this was a man who’d offered to shave a sheep’s arse for free What’s a better indication of friendship than that?” and “’We’re all a bit nutty to be out here’ Abi agreed ‘You’d have to be really It’s not like any of us knows what we’re doing with the animals and this country life’” describe a few of the friends they made in Purua As she learns about chicken anatomy goat care milking alpaca shearing cheese making and wine fermentation Murphy includes plenty of humour descriptions of rapist ducks alpaca noses vampire worms an ovine Brazilian chicken physiotherapy the perils of calf transport and an addiction to lambs “That’s how that lamb seduced me It was cute like a baby but unlike my own children it didn’t whine or annoy meI felt sorry for people who didn’t have lambs because their lives seemed so grey and predictable Unlike me they didn’t live in hyper elevated lamb reality full of cute things and sparkles”This memoir is delightfully funny as well being interesting and moving Further adventures of the Unlikely Farmer will be eagerly anticipated An excellent debut

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