Farmer Takes a Wife Author:John Gould Your doctor says you need a change: new sights,s new sounds. But how can you manage it - with Junior's tonsils coming out next month, and Sally's teeth being straightened? What you can do is take a refresher course in humanity with John Gould smack in the heart of a Maine community. — A Maine farm - and you will meet the delightful members of the... more » Gould family, including the young wife just down from Boston, and be regaled by tales of the neighbors, past and present. You'll learn how to sugar and to pickle and how to arrange a pea festival. You'll pin your ears back and hear about Samoset the Indian, who was an annual guest ad Greatgrandfather's Thanksgiving dinners; of Satchel-Eye Dyer who kept his house in his barn and his barn in his house; of J. Lorenzo Bascomb who invented a perpetual motion machine; of Uncle Timothy who demanded pie, pie, and was particularly appeased by vinegar pie, from an old established Maine recipe.
Also you can satisfy that craving for information against the day you buy a farm of your own. You can learn how to catch a heifer, why barns in Maine are painted red, how to re-do an old chair so that it will look like a fancy antique, all about grading apples and how to rig a beehive.
If this book were parachuted down on a desert island, any American finder would recognize it as Yankee humor at its best. Written in a fine, swinging propose, it is full of meat and that special mixture of shrewdness and dry wit that flourishes north of the Piscataqua River.« less