Thursday, January 8, 2009

Two Books to Read

My sister-in-law got what looks like a fascinating book - Sacred Land: Intuitive Gardening for Personal, Politcal and Environmental Change by Clea Danaan. (Llewellyn Worldwide, 2007) She leaves tomorrow, so I've only really had a chance to skim the text. The book offers a combination of gardening information and advice paired with short profiles of goddesses that influence gardening elements. (I usually don't go in for this sort of material, but this one seems a bit more grounded in reality with the right amount of spiritualism.)

The other book I'm hoping to delve into more deeply is Hungry Planet: What the World Eats by Peter Menzel and Faith D'Alusio. ( Material World Press and Ten Speed Books, 2007) These are the same folks that created Material World: A Global Family Portrait and Women in the Material World. (My mother-in-law gave me both of those to take with me when we left for the Peace Corps in 1997, and they were invaluable teaching tools. My students and fellow teachers couldn't get enough of them.) Hungry Planet takes a close look at what people around the world eat, budget for food, and where they get their food. The rest of the family can't put it down, so I haven't been able to get a good look at it yet.

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