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Interviews | March 17, 2014

Shawn Donley: IMG Peter Stark: The Powells.com Interview

Peter StarkIt's hard to believe that 200 years ago, the Pacific Northwest was one of the most remote and isolated regions in the world. In 1810, four years... Continue »
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The Solitude of Prime Numbers by Paolo Giordano
The Solitude of Prime Numbers

bankapa, January 8, 2012

My favorite books are those that I find myself struggling to read more slowly and occasionally put down as I near the end of the book. The reason is that I know once I finish this book, I will have to say goodbye to characters I have come to know and love. This is one of those books. Alice and Mattia are very real in their sadness and their ways of dealing with the pain that life has given them. Their awkward friendship ranges from raw and painful to endearing and sweet. These unique and beautiful characters provide not only an interesting story, but also insight into the minds of some troubled youths and an empathetic view of those with behavior we just don't understand. The characters in the The Solitude of Prime Numbers will stick with me, and I know that at some point I will read it again.
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Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver and Camille Kingsolver and Steven L. Hopp
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life

bankapa, January 1, 2010

This is a delightful, entertaining, and at times bittersweet, story of how one family put their beliefs about food and sustainability into action and lived for an entire year off of food grown locally and in their own backyard. This book is practical, informative and a joy to read. It is an inspiration for both cooks and gardeners, especially those of us who dream of the possibility of growing a large portion of our diets. Not that it's necessarily a how-to book, but it is filled with gardening knowledge and there is gold (or perhaps potatoes?) to be mined from within its pages. It is also for those of us who care about the future of food in this country and want to learn more about why and how we need to find sustainable solutions. Most importantly, it is for anyone who loves a good story. My 11 and 14 year old boys enjoyed hearing the chapter about the chickens!
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