Holly's Quarantine Reading List!
I don't think I am alone in my boredom during quarantine! Lots of people have come up with creative and entertaining things to do at home. Museums have opened up their doors virtually, universities are offering free online classes (which are usually VERY expensive!), and people are even having virtual dance parties and karaoke!
I've been trying to mix it up and do different things during the evenings, but usually, I pick up a book at some point during the day! Lots of the things I read are food/farming-related, but many aren't!
Here's what I've been reading! (Links to Amazon to read their descriptions.)
How a Mountain Was Made (by Greg Sarris): this is an amazing collection of short stories that relate to land-based gratitude and tales of Sonoma Mountain, CA! https://www.amazon.com/How-Mountain-Was-Made-Stories/dp/1597144142
Dirt to Soil (by Gabe Brown): A story of farmers coming to embrace and learn about regenerative agriculture! This is March's book from Maine Farmland Trust's Book Club, and it is seriously inspiring! https://www.amazon.com/Dirt-Soil-Familys-Regenerative-Agriculture/dp/B07J2TC9DB/ref=sr_1_2?crid=39A4JBRNB24LH&dchild=1&keywords=dirt+to+soil+by+gabe+brown&qid=1585325516&s=books&sprefix=dirt+to+so%2Cstripbooks%2C405&sr=1-2
The Botany of Desire (by Michael Pollan): Michael Pollan is my all-time favorite food writer. He digs deeper, thinks harder, questions everything, and as a result, provides incredibly important and insightful information that is interesting and easy to read. You're not reading something that makes you want to pull your hair out, but you learn so much. This book is about how PEOPLE and PLANTS have a reciprocal relationship! That's amazing to think about! https://www.amazon.com/The-Botany-of-Desire/dp/B000FTCJEG/ref=sr_1_8?crid=1BN7UAEFRWM9H&dchild=1&keywords=michael+pollan&qid=1585325689&s=books&sprefix=michael+po%2Cstripbooks%2C162&sr=1-8
A Little Life (by Hanya Yanagihara): This book was recommended to me by a friend, and it's the most emotional thing I've read in years. It's big, it's long, and it's full of great writing. Disclaimer: possibly will make you sob on the couch while your dog licks tears off your face. Just saying. https://www.amazon.com/A-Little-Life-Novel/dp/B0147NOYVQ/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=a+little+life+by+hanya+yanagihara&qid=1585325920&sr=8-2
The Bean Trees (by Barbara Kingsolver): A book about escaping, running away, and feeling the weight and importance of one's roots and responsibilities. https://www.amazon.com/Bean-Trees-Novel-Barbara-Kingsolver/dp/0061097314