As you may recall, we put together a summer reading list with our greatest hits and recommendations. Now that we’re heading into the Fall we wanted to revisit and share anew.
Did you read any from the summer list? What did you think?
If you haven’t already, now is the perfect time to pick up Vicki Robin’s Blessing the Hands That Feed Us: Lessons From A 10-Mile Diet. In October, she is organizing a nation-wide “10-Day Challenge” where participants commit to eating only food grown within 100 (give or take a few) miles of home. We’re up for the challenge, aren’t we?
Partner Susan in Newton recommends:
Rain, by Cynthia Barnett
“With Rain, Cynthia Barnett will make a rain fanatic out of anyone, not just self-described weather aficionados…Through her approachable and engaging writing, Barnett tells this eclectic story by combining science and history with humor, anecdotes, poetry, and personal travel adventures…Barnett captivates the reader through her unique way of finding a human face to describe historical climate and weather events…In a particularly memorable chapter, ‘Writers on the Storm,’ Barnett explores the role that rain has played in the creation of art, including the works of Charles Dickens, Emily Dickinson, Frédéric Chopin, The Smiths, Nirvana, and Woody Allen.”
The Triumph of Seeds: How Grains, Nuts, Kernels, Pulses, and Pips Conquered the Plant Kingdom and Shaped Human History, by Thor Hanson
Hanson, the author of “Feathers” and “The Impenetrable Forest,” takes one of the least-impressive-looking natural objects and reveals a life of elegance and wonder. These little pods can fly, spin, bury themselves, float across oceans, sleep for a thousand years, poison or seduce — a nearly infinite variety of poetic solutions to the hard and gritty question of survival. This is, in fact, the natural order at its most thrilling — seeds taking on the same issues of evolution and survival as a tiger, a whale or, let’s not forget, a human.”
—NEW YORK TIMES
Joan at the FTY Hub recommends:
Essential Nourishment, by Marika Blossfeldt
What sort of formula can fall under the rubric of “recipe”? We typically think of a list of foodstuff ingredients, followed by directions for combining, then cooking them to prepare some sort of “food.” But the commonly used phrase “recipe for success” suggests that we can cook up a lot more than a meal, and it is perfectly true. Marika Blossfeldt’s Essential Nourishment: Recipes from My Estonian Farm offers up a lot of the sort of recipes you can cook up in your kitchen, all of them quite easy and delicious. But the book itself is a sort of recipe for nothing less than a better life.”—NPR, CA