inthepastlane, May 13, 2007
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I have been on a "de-cluttering" campaign off and on for the past couple of years . The hardest thing for me to do is to part with any of my many books. After painfully gleaning my shelves for my favorites and gifting or donating the rest, I have finally gotten my acquisitions under control (for the most part) by:
*Making a determined effort to borrow the books I want to read from the library rather than buy them. (And amaze myself, though not my husband, by how much I am saving!)
*Making a commitment to buy only books that I feel I will truly want to keep for years. Admittedly, that is a loosy-goosy commitment as if I had the room, I would keep most for years - but it is a stop and consider this purchase kind of commitment :o)
*AND, most painful of all, if there isn't room on the bookshelf, then one book in the current collection has to go when I add one to the collection.
All of this is a long-way-around conversation to tell you that when I currently buy a book I am very impressed with it!
Many people love Barbara Kingsolver's books - i.e. "Poisonwood Bible", "Prodigal Summer", etc. I, however, have not been a big fan of her work previously and would have passed it by entirely, except that the title and jacket cover caught my eye. If you are a "Foodie" - or - someone who is interested in organic or healthy eating - or - worried about the petroleum problems this country is facing I think you will find this book a great read. It is extremely entertaining and humorous, but makes a great point for a new food lifestyle movement known as being a "Locavore". Reading the section about her daughter deciding to raise "meat" chickens vs. laying chickens to earn money for a horse had my husband and I both in stitches.
Maybe it is because spring and summer are a time for renewed energy, interest in growing things, or simply the thoughts of hitting the local farmers' market and EATING all that wonderful, fresh food, but this book really struck a cord with me and I have enjoyed it and been inspired from the first page of the prologue! So far, if I had to recommend one book to read this summer - this is it!