The Bucolic Plague

The Bucolic Plague

How Two Manhattanites Became Gentlemen Farmers: An Unconventional Memoir

Book - 2011
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Chronicles the author's journey from Manhattan urbanite to mansion-owning goat farmer, an endeavor that he undertook with his life partner, Brent, and which blossomed into a successful soap business, Beekman 1802, and inspired a reality show.
Publisher: New York : Harper Perennial, 2011, c2010
Edition: 1st Harper Perennial ed
ISBN: 9780061997839
Branch Call Number: 306.778 KIL NVD
Characteristics: 304 p. ; 21 cm


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Jul 02, 2014

Josh and Brent are such a unique, adventuresome and humorous couple and this narrative about the start of their lives as up-scale farmers is inventive, funny and sincere. Check out their web-page of farm-based homemade products.

bibliotechnocrat Jan 15, 2014

This humorous and engaging memoir follows two gay Manhattanites who buy a farm / mansion in upstate New York, and restyle their lives as gentleman farmers. It's a light souffle that will leave you smiling.

Nov 04, 2013

I loved this book and really felt the plight of these gentlemen. I laughed a lot and felt the heart break too. A very entertaining read.

Dec 15, 2012

Great book! I laughed a lot.

Aug 08, 2012

Good story, but a little too much on the relationship stuff and too little on the farming stuff.

The book came before the TV show. For those who are fans of the show, the book is worth a read. Especially when you realize things didn't quite happen on the show the way they are played out, or even in the same order.

If you like this book, Hit by a Farm by Catherine Friend is probably a better written book about newby, gay farmers. More about farming and less about relationship drama, although some of that as well.

m2 Jan 21, 2011

Two gay men from NYC with amazing advertising careers buy an old mansion & farm in NY State, start goat farming, lose their jobs to the recession and try like mad to make a go of it. The book grew out of the docudrama series called The Fabulous Beekman Boys on planet green tv. Also they sell goat milk soap at They let you know that you, too, are part of their sceme to keep the farm running.

Very flip and yet very pained -- it is hard to make a relationship work under any circumstances and even harder when cultivating the public eye so asiduously.

A bit less about organic than I'd like -- but I enjoyed the story. If you adore Martha Stewart, you've gotta read this...


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Milan-Berlin Reads Mar 21, 2011

"Baby goats, diarrhea, and Martha Stewart. Former drag queen turned goat farmer Josh Kilmer-Purcell begins his latest book, The Bucolic Plague, with a hilarious vignette involving all three. Clearly, the man has an interesting story to tell."

- Wisconsin State Journal

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