If you want to talk about adopting an interesting lifestyle, try going from an Ivy League college to running an organic farm without machinery, pesticides or any of the other modern conveniences. Kristin Kimball’s book, The Dirty Life, is about things that I will never, ever do, yet I found it a riveting and inspiring read. As more and more people begin to wonder what we’ve lost, creating the huge machinery of the twentieth century, fascination with pure food and honest labor seems to be on the rise. This book will inspire you to eat better, work harder, and be eternally grateful that some people love creating wonderful food. I am especially grateful that I am not one of those people.
I also have to put two big thumbs up for Half Broke Horses, by Jeannette Walls. After loving her first book, The Glass Castle, Walls was under the intense pressure that only a second-time author with a successful first book can imagine. I was totally prepared to be bummed out that Walls did this so brilliantly, thus far exceeding my own humble experience, but by page two of Half Broke Horses, that thought vanished. I was just grateful to be along for a wonderful ride with this genius author. Enjoy!