You've signed up to Be a Bookworm but now what?
Check out the sidebar for "Greening Our Beans" where I'll keep track of all books being read for the challenge. If your book is not up there, please leave me a comment so that I can add it. Already, there are a number of listed books that I had never heard of that but that look fascinating.
If you are deciding on what book to read this month, here are my absolute favorites:
- Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver: Ms. Kingsolver chronicles her family's attempt to eat locally (mostly from their own yard) for an entire year. The journey is a beautifully written, lyrical romp through seasonal eating and is chock full of the most memorable, meaningful quotes I've encountered. This book was a favorite among my Green Book Club members - many of whom identified with Ms. Kingsolver as a parent. This book will motivate you to grow an edible garden and to fight for your local farmer.
- The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan: A dense read that sparked more conversation at my Green Book Club meetings than any other book so far, Omnivore's Dilemma explores eating in the industrial food chain (think McDonalds), eating big organic (think Whole Foods), eating small organic (think farmers' market) and eating food you've hunted and gathered (think, um, hunt and gather). You'll never reach for another factory farmed burger without thinking twice after devouring this book. The truth behind "big organic" will also surprise you and the earnestness with which smaller farmers approach your dinner plate will awe you.
- Affluenza: The All Consuming Epidemic by John De Graaf et al: An entertaining read, Affluenza compares our society's desire to consume (and the accompanying need to work more, use more resources, pour more toxins into the environment and distance ourselves from our community) with an illness and prescribes inoculations, medicine and other "cures". After consuming this book, I finally understood how and why we, as a society, lost touch with the simple life and got lost in the rat race. I also learned how to escape.
- Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet by Jeffrey Sachs: Authored by a former big wig in the United Nations, Common Wealth addresses the converging crises of the twenty-first century not with the gloom and doom of many books, but with hope and realistic suggestions for change. I suddenly understand how farming in Africa, drought in Australia and the social welfare system in Sweden relate to life in the United States and how those things, among many others, will impact our ability to mitigate global climate change, biodiversity, famine, water shortage and energy supplies.
A number of you recommended your favorite books in the comments:
- Farewell, My Subaru: An Epic Adventure in Local Living
- Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future
- Fast Food Nation
- Don't Eat This: Fast Food and the Supersizing of America
- Better Off: Flipping the Switch on Technology
- Coming Home to Eat: The Pleasures and Politics of Local Foods
- Silent Spring
That's a whole heck of a lot of books to nibble through. Now go . . . be a bookworm.
If you haven't booked your May yet and would like to join the challenge, please leave me a comment and I'll add you.