Project Wonderful

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Review - Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

Summary : A year in the life of Barbara Kingsolver and family as they eat only food from their farm and local farmers to feed themselves.

My Thoughts: I picked this book from the Refer A Book Friday contest. Amy of The Sleepy Reader recommend it; you can see her review here.
I have always been interested in growing things and farming because some of the earlier generations of my family were farmers. I learned much from this book about potatoes and how they grow a green leafy plant when they are ready to pull. I also learned that pineapples don't grow on trees... I didn't know this, they look like tree-fruit to me.

A lot of this book was interesting, and I had much to learn from it. Then there were times where you would get to much farming detail and it got a little boring. Lastly, there were times when they would beat you over the head with how Americans don't eat healthy. Yes ... Yes I raise my hand. I am one of those, but you don't have to keep repeating it. I also picked this book hoping it would give me that kick in the butt to eat healthier, and it didn't really because it's too late for me to start growing my own food, so I just felt bad throughout the book. I have thought about buying locally, but no I haven't don't that either. I had a hard time getting through this book mostly I think because of feeling bad about myself part and because you can only read or listen to a person talk about a certain subject for so long before you have to take a break. I needed lots of breaks.

About the Author: Barbara Kingsolver has written 11 fictional novels and this 1 nonfiction novel. She is married, has two daughter and lives in Virginia on a farm. You can visit her at her website:


Fyrefly said...

I've got this book sitting at home, but I've been resisting it... it seems like an expansion on some of her essays from the book Small Wonder, where I just felt like she was lecturing me for being a bad person. She's one of my favorite fiction authors, but I've had mixed experiences with her non-fiction.

Shana said...

I love Kingsolver, but this one never appealed to me.

I love the concept of growing your own food, but I would never have the time or even the desire to do it.

I couldn't even keep the lone tomato plant my dad gave me this year alive :)

I do wish we had a decent farmer's market though.