Monday, March 1, 2010

The Hort Library Book Club

Join the Hort Society Library Book Club! We meet monthly to discuss exciting books and authors.
Here is a list of what we have read so far.

Farm City: The Education of an Urban Framer by Novella Carpenter
Carpenter, a former student of Michael Pollen, has written an appropriately gritty memoir about urban farming which includes raising chickens, rabbits and pigs on a small lot in an Oakland, California ghetto. She takes obvious pride in dispatching and eating her critters.

The Natural History of Selborne by Gilbert White
Still in print, this natural history classic from 1793 has gone through many editions over the years. White, who kept meticulous records of his observations of nature, was familiar with the works of his contemporary Linnaeus ans seems to have informed Darwin's findings on earthworms.

Bringing It to the Table: On Farming and Food
by Wendell Berry
These insightful essays speak to the current interest in reconnecting with our food. Since the 1970's the poet/farmer Berry has championed the agrarian farm that is "well-integrated into the natural systems that support it" and railing against factory farms.

Next up on Tuesday, March 16th at 6pm is the humorous classic from 1929 by the Czech author/playwright:
The Gardener's Year by Karel Capek, illustrated by Josef Capek
It's short, sweet and charming, and will have you itching to get back in the garden.

Katherine Powis, Librarian

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