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Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Candy Everybody Wants (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

I Am Not Myself These Days (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Bucolic Plague: How Two Manhattanites Became Gentlemen Farmers: An Unconventional Memoir (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Cookbook: Heirloom fruits and vegetables, and more than 100 heritage recipes to inspire every generation (With: Brent Ridge,Sandy Gluck) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Dessert Cookbook: 100 Delicious Heritage Recipes from the Farm and Garden (With: Brent Ridge,Sandy Gluck) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Vegetable Cookbook: 100 Delicious Heritage Recipes from the Farm and Garden (With: Brent Ridge,Sandy Gluck) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon

Josh Kilmer-Purcell is an American television personality, businessperson, and bestselling author. He was born Joshua Gordon Kilmer in Albany, New York, and spent much of his childhood in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin.
As a child, he went to a Mansfield, Massachusetts-based high school after which he would then study creative writing at Michigan State University under the tutelage of Diane Wakoski the poet.

It was in 1990 that he added Purcell which was the surname of his stepfather to his name. In 2000 while he was living in New York City, he met Brent Ridge the man who would then become his husband.
During his time in New York, he used to work at several advertising agencies based in Manhattan including JWT, Kirsherbaum Bond & Partners, SS+k, and Merkley Newman Harty among several others.
Most people believe that the events in his 2006 memoir “I Am Not Myself These Days” were inspired by what happened while Kilmer-Purcell was employed at Merkley Newman Harty.

As his alter ego “Aqua” the drag queen, Josh has performed at nightclubs in Tokyo, New York City, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and Atlanta.

Aside from his writings and TV performances, Kilmer-Purcell is the cofounder of “Beekman 1802,” a multimillion-dollar skincare company.

He founded the company alongside Dr. Brent Ridge his husband with whom he has also starred and won Season 21 of “The Amazing Race.”

It was in 2006 that they first began working on Beekman 1802 their company. In that period both Purcell and Brent were New York City residents as the former was an advertising executive while his husband worked as a medical doctor.
Every fall, they used to go to upstate New York for the apple-picking season. They used to open a map of New York, close their eyes, and point to a spot that they would then visit.

After they were done with one of their adventures in upstate, they were driving around aimlessly when they noticed that a very beautiful farm had a for sale sign.

Wasting no time, they put all the money that they had into the farm that they intended to use as a weekend getaway.

When the 2008 recession hit, they both lost their jobs within weeks of each other and retired to their farm. Rearing goats, they began researching how to make money and stumbled upon soap making.
Their company now generates $150 million in sales and employs more than 200 people.

Josh Kilmer-Purcell has been with his husband since 2000 and were married in 2013. In addition to building some very successful businesses, he is also a famous TV personality.
Kilmer-Purcell has also written articles for OUT Magazine, NPR, Adweek, Huffington Post, and Publishers Weekly.

Josh Kilmer Purcell’s novel “I Am Not Myself These Days” is a memoir that is written about his experiences while living in New York in his mid-twenties
He used to work at an ad agency during the day and spent his nights drinking a lot of vodkas and performing as his later ego “Aqua” in different clubs in the city.

One night, he goes to the house of a friend and witnesses something he has never witnessed before. On the floor of his friend’s expensive penthouse apartment is a middle-aged fat man tied up on the floor of the foyer.
It happens that the tied-up man is one of Jack’s clients given that the latter is a highly paid homosexual escort who specializes in humiliation and BDSM.

He soon becomes involved in all manner of debauchery that includes, sex, drugs, and alcohol. He initially does not have any inhibitions and it is not long before he becomes addicted to crack cocaine.
Smoking with clients, he soon starts going on weeklong binges on crack and finds himself in a vicious cycle of drinking and drugs from morning till night.
It is a fascinating work that will have you crying and laughing in turn at the details of Josh’s life.

“The Bucolic Plague” by Josh Kilmer-Purcell is a work that tells the story of how Brent Ridge and his longtime partner Josh began their journey to founding their skincare company Beekman 1802.
It opens one Sunday afternoon as the two are heading to their apartment in New York City following a weekend spent picking apples on a farm in upstate New York.

It was then that they stumbled on the Beekman Mansion, which had all the attributes of their dream home complete with 60 acres of farmland.

The two invested all their money and tried their best to balance their careers and establish a farm which they worked on during the weekends.

The work tells of the struggles of two non-outdoorsy people as they attempt to make a success of a beautiful farm without any knowledge about farming whatsoever.
In addition to that, it also tells of how their relationship was a life-changing event particularly when two people could not be any more different.

At its heart, this is a novel all about following your dreams as everything crumbles all around you.

Josh Kilmer Purcell’s novel “Candy Everybody Wants,” tells the story of Jayson who at the age of five declares himself gay.

He has been at school filming his own soap opera that is a cross between Dallas and Dynasty. He comes from a very dysfunctional family with a neurotic mother who has been married to so many men she does not know who his father is.
His brother is afflicted with Prader-Willi syndrome and Jayson is charged with controlling his eating habits.

However Jayson dreams of becoming a famous actor and while his background seems to preclude any of that happening, it seems that he might just make it.

In the meantime, he needs to learn a lot about human relationships and his priorities.

It is an immensely fun story with a range of interesting characters from a frequently drunk and outspoken aging actress to a retired actor who owns an escort agency whose escorts are chorus boys.
Jayson the lead starts out as an arrogant kid but throughout the story becomes a better person.

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