Back to the Land During Difficult Times

Does “rural” equal “righteous”? Sometimes going back to basics can be triggered by a simple wish to reconnect with the Earth ... and raise some chickens, too. Michael Perry ruminates on his reasons for choosing farm life in this excerpt from “Coop: A Year of Poultry, Pigs and Parenting,” his humorous, heartfelt memoir of a new life in the country.

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