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Saturday, March 26, 2016

#14 - Animal, Vegetable, Miracle - Barbara Kingsolver

Title:  Animal, Vegetable, Miracle
Author:  Barbara Kingsolver
Read by:  Barbara Kingsolver, Stephen Hopp, Camille Kingsolver
Listened to:  3/7/16 - 3/26/16
Published:  2007
CDs/Hrs:  12/14.5
Genre:  Non Fiction 641.097
Rating:  A

Barbara Kingsolver has written a piece of non-fiction that is also memoir and journalistic investigation.  Together with husband Stephen Hopp and daughters Camille Kingsolver and Lily Hopp the family moved from Tucson, Arizona to Virginia where Stephen's family farm is located.  For a year they lived off the land and reduced their burden on the planet by using and cooking food raised and bought locally.  I loved that this was a family project with Stephen, a writer for a farm magazine, providing side-bars of scientific content designed to emphasize the sustainability of agriculture.  Camille, a teenager at the time, wrote her take on this type of life-style, telling us the menu throughout the year for each day of the week.  Most Fridays included home-made pizza with all sorts of local veggies.  Lily, bless her six-year-old heart, took it upon herself to be in charge of the chicken contingent of the farm and made a profit in the process.

At the end, Barbara did an interview where she explained that the book idea had been always in their minds as they lived this year of their lives and how they determined what parts both Stephen and Camille would contribute to the cause.  Interesting to me was her description of how non-fiction and fiction are alike and dissimilar and that both are important ingredients of how the book was born.  I liked how she said how much it means to decide what to leave in and what to remove from their personal lives, that its ok to not divulge things you want to keep private.  Amen!

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