Reviews by mnlmom
I'd like to live like this too!
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I love Kingsolver's other books, but this one is different. As a nonfiction story, it is a bit tougher to get through. She is a bit preachy and she isn't living how many of us actually live, especially around Darien I think. Having said that, I completely agree with her thesis of eating locally grown foods for our own benefit and for the benefit of the planet, and I only wish I could live her life. She has inspired me to improve my eating, shopping and gardening habits and I will continue to strive to improve. I have been looking forward to reading this book since before it was published, and I wasn't let down. I enjoyed reading it, even if it was a little long, but it got easier to read the more I got into it. I gave the book 4 stars.
Middling
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Not sure what this book is about, and can't really think of a reason to recommend it to anyone. It was an easy read, with some tension to keep the pages turning, but can't really come up with any good descriptions of what it was about or why someone should read it. There were some funny lines here and there, but it just didn't seem to GO anywhere. I didn't like Bel Canto and never finished it, so this book of Patchett's was easier for me to get through, but still not a favorite. My book group discussed this book and of the 10 of us, most had similar overall responses to the book. There wasn't much to talk deeply about beyond some decent character development, lacks deep plot development, settings are important. So, a light read that won't change your life much.
If only I had the time!
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I enjoyed perusing this book about food: purchasing, preparing, cooking, storing, celebrating, sharing food. I am not a cook at all, and much of this book was a little intimidating to a novice like me, but I enjoyed imagining cooking and eating like this, and aspire to getting closer. I love the emphasis on fresh, local, sustainable, seasonal foods. I admire Alice Waters and all she has accomplished. I hope to one day own this book so I can browse it any time at home. Enjoy!
If only our kids were this lucky!
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Edible Education - what a concept. As both a parent and an educator myself, I am in awe of what was accomplished in this story by Alice Waters: the best of public/private partnership to benefit schools and kids. Knowing what I know about Darien's public schools and the school leadership and administrations in town, it is hard for me to imagine this amazing thing ever happening here, and once again, our kids will be the ones that lose. FYI: check the "FRESH New London" website for a more local version of this concept. This book is a quick read, maybe an hour at most, includes spectacular photos and touching writing from students involved, and inspires a lifetime of thought provoking ideas. Enjoy!
I love swimming and the ocean, but Lynne Cox takes what for me is a pleasure sport to a whole new level! While she comes across as a little one dimensional and perhaps not the strongest writer, she did accomplish many amazing things, and worked hard to make the world a better place through her very impressive swimming talents. This is an easy and light read, sometimes a little dull, other times a bit more interesting, but it isn't anything too challenging. I overall enjoyed it well enough. If you like non fiction and amazing physical feats, and don't mind less than award winning writing, you might enjoy this story.