I look back with gratitude that our boys are now so big and read their own books past bedtime, but also with some wistfulness.
On the down side, Ms. Shelves: memoir Barbara Kingsolver has long been one of my favorite writers, but this most recent book was a bit of a mixed bag for me. In the wake of such devastation, one family decided to do things differently. Barbara Kingsolver bemoans the lack of an American food culture, as exists in many older and less heterogeneous countries.
More than once, I found myself slogging through sections that left me feeling more guilty about the food currently in my kitchen than inspired to adopt her suggestions. That was not the case with this book. Fast, processed food is king in the United States, and many people have completely lost track of their agricultural roots.
Somehow the work we do has become trendy. Barbara Kingsolver remains one of my writer-heroes. Read this Snapshot if you: Are interested in supporting local farmers Want to start gardening What is a Snapshot? This book is very personal — as eating necessarily is — and coming from a writer I admire so well, I found this really interesting.