Bean Blossom Dreams: A City Family's Search for a Simple Country Life

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Quarry Books, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 330 pages
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Sallyann J. Murphey and her husband did what a lot of us have dreamt of but never quite built up the courage to do. In 1990, Murphey, who was a successful BBC producer, and her husband, Greg, a commercial photographer, left their high stress, hectic life in Chicago and moved to a dilapidated 40-plus-acre farm in Brown County, Indiana, hoping to raise their daughter in a more natural and less stressful environment. In Bean Blossom Dreams, Murphey warmly and humorously details life on the family's farm. Though Brown County might not offer the idyllic country life they were expecting, Sallyann and Greg have realized through trial and error, laughter and tears, that they made the right decision to relocate. A delightful fish-out-of-water story!

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User Review  - minpin3G - LibraryThing

A refreshing read. Nothing too in depth, just fun ( the life of a new farmer ). I also particularly like the inclusion of the recipes at the end of the book. I would suggest this book to anyone who wants to kick back for the weekend and enjoy a laugh and a tear with a real life family. Read full review

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User Review  - dawng - LibraryThing

A light, easy read. Murphey writes a very romantic revisionist memoir of her transition from city living to country farmer. I would have liked the book better if she had opted to include and seriously discuss the many challenges I'm sure they must have faced. I still enjoyed the book though. Read full review


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About the author (2008)

Sallyann J. Murphey began her career as a producer for the British Broadcasting Corporation. She has worked as an investigative journalist for a number of publications, including IPC Magazines, the Daily Mail, the London Observer, The Chicago Times Magazine, and The Utne Reader. Murphey is now the high school history, government, and media studies teacher at Harmony School in Bloomington, Indiana, where she is also the high school coordinator. She lives in Brown County, Indiana.

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