Richard Goodman is the author of French Dirt: The Story of a Garden in the South of France. The San Francisco Chronicle said that French Dirt is “one of the most charming, perceptive and subtle books ever written about the French by an American.” Richard Goodman is also the author of The Soul of Creative Writing, A New York Memoir and The Bicycle Diaries: One New Yorker’s Journey Through 9/11. He is co-editor of The Gulf South: An Anthology of Environmental Writing. He has written on a variety of subjects for many national publications, including The New York Times, Creative Nonfiction, Harvard Review, River Teeth, Chautauqua, Vanity Fair, The Writer’s Chronicle, Saveur, Ascent, Hakai, North American Review and the Michigan Quarterly Review. He wrote the introduction to The Electric Pencil: Drawings from Inside State Hospital No. 3 as well as the introduction to Travelers’ Tales Provence.
French Dirt: The Story of a Garden in the South of France
French Dirt is a love story between a man and his garden. It's about digging, planting, watering, and tending. It's about sun, dirt, water, air and the privilege of work. It's about the growing friendship between an American outsider and a close-knit community of French farmers in a little village outside of time.