This summer’s record heat and drought often left us drained of energy to do necessary garden chores like weeding. Instead, we focused on staying in the shade, drinking plenty of fluids, and reading. Fortunately, our library had much to offer and we would like to recommend these, for hot weather inactivity or hunkering down in the depths of winter.
The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee’s, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table by Tracie McMillan. The title says it all. This is akin to Barbara Ehrenreich’s Nickle and Dimed – On (Not) Getting by in America, except the focus is food. A must read for anyone who eats purchased foods.
The Seven Daughters of Eve and Adam’s Curse both by Brian Sykes. If you’re interested in genetics, written accessibly for the lay person, these two books are fascinating explorations of the human family tree.
The Righteous Mind – Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt. After seeing an interview with the author by Bill Moyers on PBS, I decided to give this a read. Especially relevant given our current bipolar political log-jam.
The Holistic Orchard by Michael Phillips. Actually we didn’t get finished with this one before its due date, but were so impressed with all the information that we purchased a copy for our home reference library. The best book on biological orcharding we’ve come across.
Earth: The Operator’s Manual by Richard B. Alley. The companion book to the PBS show Energy Quest USA. An in-depth and compelling exploration of the impact of energy use, from the science to the politics behinds the scenes. If you’re a climate change skeptic, you need to read this book to put your suspicions into perspective.
The Third Industrial Revolution by Jeremy Rifkin. Bob is nearly done with this and I’m awaiting my turn. If you can get past the author’s urban, global, wealth-minded perspective, this book is full of lots of insight into some form of what the future may hold.