January 17, 2021

My Summer Reading List

I don’t want you to get the wrong impression. I don’t just read theological tomes or works of literary fiction. As a matter of fact just yesterday I made two purchases which might impress you: Mad Magazine’s spoof of all eight Harry Potter films, and a Louis L’Amour western. Yessir, that is some heavy-duty reading.

I love books. I have worked in the book world for a long time. My Grandma Dunn taught me to love to read. (She read a book a day until she died at 95. Her books were her friends.) Sports magazines and Alfred Hitchcock short stories were what I cut my teeth on. My first job (other than cutting lawns) was as a clerk at a Zondervan Family Bookstore in Kettering, Ohio. There I found the world of C.S. Lewis and Fritz Ridenour and Andrew Murray and Oswald Chambers.

Reading is still a huge part of my life, though it seems I just don’t have the time I used to have to read all I want to read.  I have a stack of books I’d like to get through this summer, but as it is mid-July, I am thinking my “summer reading list” may also become my fall and winter reading lists. In any case, I wanted to share with you some books I look forward to reading or, in the case of one, re-reading. These are not all new books. One came out this week, and another is more than 100 years old. You may find one or two in my list that interests you. I just encourage you to read.

Warped Passages, Lisa Randall.  Ok, most of this book is so far over my head I can’t even see it. But what I can figure out is pretty cool stuff. We live in three dimensions. What if there were additional dimensions we cannot detect as of yet? What if there were an adjacent universe to ours? These are the things Randall explores. And it has me thinking. What if, just what if, God is bigger than we make him out to be? What if God operates in an “otherness” we can’t detect or explain? Would that be ok? (My answer: Yes!)

The Lacuna, Barbara Kingsolver.  I have not read any of Kingsolver’s books, though I hear nothing but great things about them all. This is a story set in Mexico and North Carolina in and around World War II. It deals with art and faith. I was sold. I am really looking forward to this one.

Life On The Mississippi, Mark Twain.  Who better to write about the Mississippi than the one who took us on so many great adventures on this great river? I picked this little book up in some thrift store for a quarter. I’ll read it not so much to learn about life along the Mississippi during the 19th century, but so I can swim in the prose of one of the greatest writers of all time. All for a quarter. Is this a great country or what?

Bringing It To The Table, Wendell Berry. Chaplain Mike gave me a book of Berry’s poetry for Christmas this last year, one of the best gifts I received. And he posted one of Berry’s poems this morning. Bringing It To The Table is a collection of Berry’s prose on farming and food. It looks to be a great selection of essays on the family farmer and on eating real food. If you like Michael Pollan, I think you would really enjoy this book by Berry. Here is his assessment of the fate of today’s farmers. Could the same be said for those who attend churches that are run like a business?

Why is our farm population dwindling away? Why are the still-surviving farms so frequently in desperate economic circumstances? Why is the suicide rate among farmers three times that of the country as a whole?

There is one reason that is paramount: The present agricultural economy, as designed by the agribusiness corporations (and the politicians, bureaucrats, economists, and experts who do their bidding), uses farmers as expendable “resources” in the process of production, the same way it uses the topsoil, the groundwater, and the ecological integrity of farm landscapes.

The Foolishness Of Preaching, Robert Capon.  You didn’t think I would have a reading list without at least one book by Capon on it, did you? Denise Spencer recently gave me a box of Capon books that belonged to Michael. Everyone of them will get read. This is the only title in that box I already had. And it’s a good thing I got an extra copy as my pastor has been eyeing mine. Here are just a couple of gems from Capon:

Since the practices of religion never achieved even a scrap of what they promised, God just ignored them and won the game unscrupulously—by the irreligious device of dying as a common criminal.

In Baptism and the Eucharist, in Confession and Absolution, and in all the priestly acts of the church, we’re celebrating what Jesus has already done, not negotiating with God to get him to do it.

On Being A Theologian Of The Cross, Gerhard Forde.  Wow. Simply, Wow.

A Long Way From Chicago, Richard Peck.  This is the one I really look forward to reading again. You will find this in the Children’s section of your bookstore. Children’s book? I don’t think so. This is fine adult fare, thank you. Starting in 1929, brother and sister Joey and Mary Alice Dowdel are each summer sent by train from their home in Chicago to visit their grandma in a small town in Illinois, the kind of town where people stand on their front porch to watch the train go by. Each chapter in this book is set in a separate summer, but with many of the same wonderfully eclectic characters. You can read a story in a sitting, but don’t blame me if you can’t stop with just one.

Erasing Hell, Francis Chan and Preston Sprinkle.  Initially started as a response to Rob Bell’s Love Wins, Chan’s latest is his take on the subject of the hot place. I’ve only read the Introduction thus far, but it is really good. This is the passage that grabbed me:

But this book is actually much more than a book on hell. It’s a book about embracing a God who isn’t always easy to understand, and whose ways are far beyond us; a God whose thoughts are much higher than our thoughts; a God who, as the sovereign Creator and Sustainer of all things, has every right to do, as the psalmist says, “whatever He pleases” (Psalm 115:3, NASB).

God has the right to do WHATEVER He pleases.

Finding Everett Ruess, David Roberts. Before Into The Wild’s Chris McCandless there was Everett Ruess, a restless spirit who wandered thru the barren regions of the Southwest in the 1930s before disappearing completely. What was he searching for? Did he ever find it? We know of his tale from letters he wrote to his family. In one of his last known letters he wrote,

I have not tired of the wilderness; rather I enjoy its beauty and the vagrant life I lead, more keenly all the time. I prefer the saddle to the street car and the star sprinkled night to a roof, the obscure and difficult trail, leading into the unknown, to any paved highway, and the deep peace of the wild to the discontent bred by the cities…

I would say this last book is at the top of my list. I echo Ruess’s sentiments completely.

But before I dig into these books, I have a Mad Magazine to finish. Happy reading.


  1. I especially like you mention of Louis L’Amour. I love his books. I think I’ve heard him called the “poor man’s Ernest Hemingway.” 🙂

    • My own summer list includes:
      “Creation and Time” by Dr. Hugh Ross (iMonk inspired me to read this)
      “Why We Want You to be Rich” By Donald Trump and Robert Kiyosaki

  2. Wow, that’s a great reading list, Jeff! I just started reading a book that Rachel Held Evans recommended: Half The Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity For Women Worldwide. Sad stories but also triumphant ones. I did some VERY light reading before this book. It was a children’s book by E.B. White called The Trumpet of the Swan. It was kind of strange, but I picked it up for $ .25 at a sale. I liked his Charlotte’s Web>/i> better, but this did have some fun sections.

    I will be interested to hear how your like the Barbara Kingsolver novel. I read the one she wrote based in Africa and I think another one too. She is a good writer.

    • Oh dear. I see I did the HTML wrong on my list book. I wonder if putting the code at the beginning of this message will fix it up. I remember seeing things here before like this and all the comments after the wrong one ended up italicized! If I did that here, sorry, Jeff!

    • I read Kingsolver’s Poisonwood Bible and I highly recommend it. It truly shows the sheer silliness of trying to bring God to another culture without learning anything about that culture and refusing to see the people as fellow souls as opposed to possible notches in one’s evangelical gun. It really changed how I think about so many things and took me back to my childhood when missions were in so many minds mostly about bringing good, Caucasian American culture to those poor, black savages…

  3. I have been reading Agatha Christie and Mary Roberts Rinehart and GK Chesterton old time mysteries as well as old classics such as The Time Machine. I am going to search for Warped Passages since it appeals to my thought processes.

  4. Don Yeager says

    Have you read “My Reading Life” by Pat Conroy? Even if you’re not a Conroy fan (I am), he talks about the books and people who have been influential in his life. He must be one of the best-read people alive.

    I just started “In the Garden of the Beast” by Erik Larson about the American ambassador in Berlin in 1933 as Hitler rises to power. Looks fascinating.

  5. Randy Thompson says

    If you like fairy stories and Jane Austin, you might want to give Susanna Clarke’s “Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norell” a try. Fun stuff. Light and witty, but gets darker towards the end.

    • Randy, I wrote last year how this is my favorite work of fiction of all time. I”ve read it at least four times, and listened to all 33 hours of the audio version another four times. It is beyond great. But not for every taste.

      And I think it only gets faster, not darker, at the end. I know at least two other iMonk writers who have read it. I might see if we can have a mini-writer’s roundtable on this at some time in the future.

    • I liked JS&MN. I would’ve liked it more had it been about half as long. (Curse my short attention span!)

  6. I recommend A Gentler God by Doug Frank. I am in the midst of George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones.

    • I’ve got the G.R.R. Martin earmarked for next year — I’m hoping to read through all five of the Song of Ice and Fire tomes one after the other (if I can stay the course).

      Currently in the midst of: The Native Star, M.K. Hobson; Iron Council, China Mieville (finishing up his New Crobuzon trilogy).
      Cued up next: Spook Country, William Gibson; Anathem, Neal Stephenson; Darwin’s Children, Greg Bear; and either Poul Anderson’s The People of the Wind or Gene Wolfe’s The Soldier of the Mist.

      As you might guess, I’m partial to Westerns. 😉

  7. Impressive list. I was so glad to see Peck’s “A Long Way from Chicago” mentioned. I just LOVE Grandma Dowdell.

    • I got to hear Richard Peck speak at a literature conference for teachers not long after he wrote “A Long Way from Chicago.” He’s as insightful and entertaining in real life as he is in his books — I highly recommend him!

  8. David Cornwell says

    “What if God operates in an “otherness” we can’t detect or explain? Would that be ok? (My answer: Yes!)”

    I think it is true. That’s one of the reasons theology is so hard. God’s hard to figure out, and in the end all we need to know is found in the fact that He became incarnate in the person of Jesus, became a man and lived among us. That’s why the most humble and unlearned among us can know about God in a personal way.

    And at times we as individuals or the Church, are touched with a fleeting look into that other dimension. Celtic Christians called it the “thin places.” The “Saint Anthony Register” puts it like this: “It is in these places where the seen and unseen worlds are most closely connected and inhabitants of both worlds can momentarily touch the other. “For us, then, it is a place where it is possible to touch and be touched by God, as well as the angels, saints and those who have died,” according to Sister John Miriam.”

    Some mystical experiences are similar.

    As to summer reading: I’ve just finished “In the Garden of Beasts” by Erik Larson. It gives one a picture of evil up close and personal in Hitler’s Germany before the start of WWII. It’s written from the point of view and experiences of the American ambassador and his family (especially his daughter). It is very scary because it shows how evil works its way into the very fabric of a culture and its people. We should take warning.

    The book I’m reading now is one which a daughter gave me for Christmas, another one about evil. This is “Public Enemies” by Bryan Burrough, and is about “America’s greatest crime wave and the birth of the FBI, 1933-34” The personalities involved are more complex than one might think. This isn’t a book that I’d buy, but nevertheless find interesting.

    Not sure what’s next.

    • “In the Garden of Beasts” is on my “to read and read soon” list. He’s a wonderful author, and the topic, I think, will have many parallels in the modern world.

  9. Regarding the quote from Chan, of course God can do whatever He pleases – has that issue really ever been up for debate? I guess it just sucks for you if it turns out that you’re one of the people that turns out He was more pleased to create for hell…

    • … of course God can do whatever He pleases – has that issue really ever been up for debate?

      With most preachers I’ve heard, it’s not up for debate — it’s flatly dismissed. Most seem to believe that there’s all kinds of things God can’t do, and they and their congregations act accordingly.

    • Yup…I have my one way ticket to hell. I apparantly chose it, yet I can’t understand why God would create me just to destroy me. Maybe its similar to why he creates a person all the while knowing that young person will be abused. If that’s the God that people want to worship…I feel sick and want to stay away.

  10. I like your Bookstore choice, Jeff. First bookstore I ever found when I moved in 1993. Been going there ever since, although I also like the new digs at The Greene.

    My twice-monthly routine in those first early days of a very disorienting move was to go to Books & Co, wander around as long as I dared, buy a book or two, a couple of my very favourite magazines (including a certain British import I dearly missed), and then get a cookie from Cheryl’s.

    Enjoy your reads. I am definitely enjoying mine: Painter from Shanghai (Epstein), End of Suffering (Cairns), Beginning to Pray (Bloom)…and some Chinese ci poetry by Li Quingzhao.

    • Did you know Books and Co is changing to a used bookstore? Still owned by the Books a Million chain, though.

      When I am in Ohio my bookstore of choice is now Half Price Books.

      I remember when Books and Co started as a Little Professor bookstore. I watched it grow, then see its star diminish when it just became another chain store…

      • No!!! :gasp:

        I love Half-Priced Books. When I have to clean things out, because I just haven’t the spec and the walls, quite literally, will be tumbling down if I don’t, I sell my books there.

        Trouble is, I usually buy more… :blush:

        Hello, my name is Laura and I buy books to read… (not being flippant; please forgive me if I am hitting too close to home).

        Then I eat at Five Guys and my sin is complete…

        Anyone know any good bookstores in the SF Bay area? I am here for a month for my Step-Daughter’s Wedding. :D. I already know about In-and -Out Burger (animal style).

      • Funny… We just happened to find a Half Price books outside of Cincinnati on our way back down from visiting family. Needless to say we almost had to leave a piece of luggage in the parking lot to make space for the books….

        If you’ve never read any Mark Helprin, I’d suggest giving him a shot. Start with “Winter’s Tale” – he writes beautifully and the story captures your imagination. I’m reading “A Soldier of The Great War” right now and its great as well.

        • Helprin is a great writer. Kudos on the two you recommended.

          For those of you suffering the heat, the best adventure account I’d recommend is Alfred Lansing’s “Endurance”. An unforgettable read. Also, charm yourself to depths with the collection of short stories by Flannery O’Connor.


  11. I am so impressed by the breadth of reading being done by those in our iMonk community this summer! Fantastic!

    We may just have to solicit some book reports from readers. What do you think, Jeff?

    • Absolutely. Send them to jeff (at) internetmonk (dot) com.

      First up is one I received today from our own Damaris Zehner…and it is so good I now have more books to add to my pile!

  12. I’ve currently got 3 in the works:

    Mother Teresa – Come Be My Light – The Private Writings of the Saint of Calcutta

    Work in Progress – An Unfinished Woman’s Guide to Grace by Kristin Armstrong


    Hinds’ Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard

  13. Kelby Carlson says

    I’ve read quite a bit this summer. Right now I’m reading life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer. I was actually rather put off by his THe Cost of Discipleship (which i need to finish) but this book is absolutely marvelous. Very small, but stuffed full of insight and wonderful ideas. I wish all Christians would read it.

  14. “On Being A Theologian Of The Cross, Gerhard Forde. Wow. Simply, Wow.”

    Forde, Forde, Forde…and more Forde!

    I second the “Wow”!

  15. Why are you recommending a book that you have only read the introduction to?

  16. Oh and just FYI, I was listening to a classic rock radio staion today and preceeding their playing one of her songs the dj said, “Pat Benetar is currently working on a non-fiction book on the second coming of Christ.”

    Hit us with your best shot Pat!

  17. Wow…what to say. I have a slew of books to read. And they are all over the spectrum, history, theology, transportation, and fiction.

    I just finished reading yet another Philip Yancey book, “Finding God in Unexpected Places”. I have other Philip Yancey books to read as well, but I can’t believe how many I’ve read in trying to get theological answers.

    Robert L Frey, Lorenz P. Schrenk “Supersteam Era on the Northern Pacific Railway 1925-1945”. I finished that one and loved it. Okay…I confess….I’m a train nerd. 😯 I’m a member of a couple of railroad historical socities and love trains, especially the Northern Pacific and Milwaukee Road. This book is about how the Northern Pacific railroad developed their steam locomotives in the 1920’s through 1940’s. In it they talk about how they were assigned to passenger service, maintenance problems they had with their steam engines, and how they built the largest steam engine in the railroad industry before the Union Pacific. It also goes into the details of the different type of steam engines and then it discusses the first diesels and how it became clear that steam engines were obsolete technology. On a scale of 1 to 10 I give this a 11. 🙂

    Michael J Punke “Fire and Brimstone The North Butte Mining Disaster of 1917” Fire and Brimstone eh? No this book is not by John Piper, or John MacArthur. :-p This book is about the worst hard rock mining disaster in US history. It talks about the tensions in this western Montana city of Butte, how the mining disaster happened and how 164 people lost their life. It dives into the ethnic tensions that existed as the US was entering World War I and how those tensions errupted. It discusses how it launched the career of Montana Seantor Burton K Wheeler and how debate from the aftermath of the disaster led to the suppression of free speach and how the “Alien and Sedition Act” was modeled after Montana law.

    Greg Boyd and Edward Boyd “Letters From A Skeptic” This is my next theology book to read. I do have respect for Greg Boyd and I’m hoping to walk away from this with maybe some answers.

    Ian Kershaw “Hitler 1936-1945 Hubris” Read the first book, need to read the second.

    Adam Hochschild “King Leopold’s Ghost” Good history book that is highly recommended about the Belgian Congo and how it was colonized. Its a story of greed, terror, and heroism in colonial Africa.

    I’ve read “The Shack” but am thinking of reading it again in my effort to solve the problem of evil.

    BTW IMonestary I finally got rid of the John Piper meterial I had. I gave them to a friend of mine who I know who respects him and his work and likes his teaching. So I gave them away as compared to throwing them away.

    • Eagle, thanks for filling the John Piper quota for this week!

      • Is John Piper the one who is I John? II John? Or III John? I can never keep Piper, MacArthur, and Calvin straight, darnit….

    • “Soul Survivor” and “What’s So Amazing About Grace?” by Yancey are two of my favorites.

    • Headless Unicorn Guy says

      Adam Hochschild “King Leopold’s Ghost” Good history book that is highly recommended about the Belgian Congo and how it was colonized. Its a story of greed, terror, and heroism in colonial Africa.

      AKA how the Belgians turned the entire Congo River basin into a giant jungle Auschwitz to exploit the ivory and gold, getting rich using the expendable native population and ended up “depopulating” most of the Congo basin. The area is still a Fourth World hellhole, too far gone to even be a Third World hellhole.

  18. Christiane says

    I used to summer in Updike and winter in Austen. I can quote whole passages from both authors. 🙂
    Now I spend my reading time on-line reading ‘whatever’ and having to expand the size of the font
    . . . this situation will have to do until I get my new lenses implanted when my cataracts get done . . .
    then, I will once more celebrate reading with the rest of you.

    I can’t wait !!!!!

  19. Richard McNeeley says

    My list includes “52 Lies Heard in Church Every Sunday” by McVey, “God Without Religion” by Farley, “Missional Renaissance” by McNeal, “Poet and Peasant” by Bailey and just for fun “Treasure Island” by Robert Louis Stevenson. I also plan on reading “The Devil’s Dictionary by Bierce. Here are a couple of my favorite definitions
    Acquaintance, n.: A person whom we know well enough to borrow from but not well enough to lend to
    Consult, v: To seek another’s approval of a course already decided on
    RESPONSIBILITY, n. A detachable burden easily shifted to the shoulders of God, Fate, Fortune, Luck or one’s neighbor.
    SCRIPTURES, n. The sacred books of our holy religion, as distinguished from the false and profane writings on which all other faiths are based.
    INFIDEL, n. In New York, one who does not believe in the Christian religion; in Constantinople, one who does.

    • I’ve heard of “The Devil’s Dictionary” — that would be a great resource for my literature classes!

  20. Yes I am biased….and another book you might enjoy, my own recently released, “Authentic Freedom – Claiming a Life of Contentment and Joy.” The details are on my site: http://yourspiritualtruth.com. The final words of the description read: Built upon the compelling integration of Eastern Energy Medicine and the 2000 year old tradition of Christian, contemplative practices, Authentic Freedom reveals a dynamic and unifying path of spiritual transformation that speaks to peopel of all traditions and beliefs.” Thanks for a terrific and well-grounded blog! I look forward to reading it every day! – Lauri Lumby

  21. textjunkie says

    Geez, and here I am with stacks of science fiction from the 1950s onward as my (nonwork) reading for the rest of the year… I feel so unenlightened… 😉

    • I love science fiction — My all-time favorites are Shards of Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold, The Gate to Women’s Country by Sherri S. Tepper, and The Dispossessed by Ursula LeGuin. And everything by Elizabeth Moon, both fantasy and sci fi, especially the Kylara Vatta series. I’ve read a lot of the classics, Niven, Asimov, Clarke, Bradbury — What else do you recommend, textjunkie?

      • textjunkie says

        oh, well, now that you ask!! 🙂 I’m not so much a Sherri Tepper fan but Ursula Le Guin is *amazing*. Go for The Left Hand of Darkness, or Four Ways to Forgiveness, and consider what she says about words and stories and how we think about life. 😉 I love how she can tell a great story that’s really a fun read, and at the same time bring up all these other points. (She also writes stuff that is more meandering and not gripping at all, and I have a harder time finishing any of those.) I love to read some of her, then some Samuel Delaney, then some Umberto Eco, and watch reality come apart at the seams. 🙂 I have not had so much luck recently with Poul Anderson, but Robert Heinlein (for all his politics are abominable) is always fun.

        If you’re willing to head into less technically science fiction but not quite swords’n’sorcery, Guy Gavriel Kay is also amazing. I’ve got his more recent book set in the T’ang Dynasty in my stack that I am working my way towards with great enthusiasm…

        • Thanks! Samuel Delaney is a new name for me — I’ll check him out. And I haven’t read anything recent by Kay. I’ll give the Chinese one a try.

          • textjunkie says

            Well, be careful with Delaney–your mileage may vary!–but hopefully he won’t be too much of a shock. 😉

  22. I’ve just started reading Wendell Berry on the advice of a co-worker. I read “Jayber Crow” a few weeks ago & just couldn’t get into it — the story was good, but he kept wandering off to various soapboxes & I started skipping those parts. I’m in the middle of “Hannah Coulter” now, though, and I’m loving it.

    Am anxiously awaiting a new book by my current favorite author, Sharyn McCrumb — “The Ballad of Tom Dooley.” This is the one I’ve been waiting 10 years for her to write; it comes out next month. Can’t wait!

    Also going get Volume 4 of the Complete Bloom County collection next week — good times, that!

  23. Hey Jeff,

    I just finished reading The Lacuna by Kingsolver. Interesting book, very unique story telling style. Very descriptive writer. However, it reminded me of one of those books from high school that teachers loved to assign, and students hated to read. I enjoyed it, but it was not in my “Wow” category.

  24. While we’re talking books, thought I’d give my IMONKees a taste of Skye Jethani’s new book, to be released next month: and I’m hoping it’s not more than $10 on Kindle, cuz I’m gonna get it…..

    Like the younger son, believers in our churches often build their identity around what they receive from God. Or like the older son we find our value in how we serve God. And a great deal of effort is expended in faith communities trying to transform people from younger sons into older sons. But this is a fool’s errand. Because what mattered most to the father was neither the younger son’s disobedience nor the older son’s obedience, but having his sons with him. And so it is with our Heavenly Father. Reversing the rebellion of Eden and restoring what was lost can only be accomplished when we learn that at the center of God’s heart is having his children with him.

    While a vision for serving God is needed, and the desperate condition of our world cannot be ignored, there is a higher calling that is going unanswered in many Christian communities. As shepherds of God’s people, we must not allow our fears of insignificance to drive us into an unrelenting pursuit of church growth, cultural impact, or missional activism. Instead, we must model for our people a first-class commitment to a first-class purpose–living in perpetual communion with God himself. As we embrace the call to live with God, only then will we be capable of illuminating such a life for our people.

    This post is related to Skye’s new book, WITH: Reimagining the Way You Relate to God, being released in August by Thomas Nelson. Read the first chapter online now.

  25. Another JS&MN fan here. It was one of the most impressive world-making books I’ve read, right down to the footnotes. If you like JS&MN, you might like “An Instance of the Fingerpost” by Iain Pears.

    Also a Barbara Kingsolver fan. I thought her earlier books like “Pigs in Heaven” were delightful. I’d appreciate a review of Lacuna on iMonk.

    I plan to get down to Borders before they close. Here are some books I hope to pick up:

    Penguin Guide to Jazz, 9th edition. The last edition I have is the 5th edition
    Pickwick Papers. I try to read one Dickens novel each year.
    The Power Broker by Robert DeCaro. Bio of Robert Moses.
    Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay. It’s supposed to be a great fantasy novel.

    • Tigana is very good. It probably should have been a bit more stringently edited, but it’s still worth reading.

    • textjunkie says

      Tigana is one of GGK’s that I always rank as one of my favorites. But Lions of Al-Rassan then reminds me how much I enjoy reading that one too… 😉

  26. Hey, for all of you Kingsolver fans, I recommend her book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. It’s a very thought-provoking account of her and her family’s attempt to eat only locally produced food for a whole year.

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