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Land of Women by María Sánchez - Book Review

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By María Sánchez, Curtis Bauer (Translator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781595349637
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Published: Trinity University Press - May 10th, 2022

A genre blurring exploration of rural Spain, this small book is filled with anecdotes and personal stories that the author coaxes into wider issues and problems facing the rural community. Much of the book deals with the ignorance and anonymity directed at rural women, and the unwillingness of men and urban centers to allow them a voice (or to acknowledge that voice when they do hear it). The prose is poetic and lyrical, stirring and beautiful; I loved it from beginning to end. María Sánchez is an exceptionally gifted writer, and I'd recommend this to anyone interested in the rural landscape, nature writing, or the Spanish countryside. ~ Reviewed by James Case


Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780316069885
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Published: Back Bay Books - September 1st, 2010

Eating Animals is a brilliantly written memoir and investigative report on exactly what it means to consume animals in today’s industrialized world. Foer has constructed a fully realized, unbiased examination of the meat industry both locally and industrially featuring interviews from dramatically varying perspectives. He refrains from being preachy while effectively exposing the horrors involved in meat production, and does so in a way that feels genuine and sincere. This noteworthy book changed my perspective on the cultural, social, and environmental implications of eating meat. ~ Reviewed by Madison Gallup


Six Walks: In the Footsteps of Henry David Thoreau by Ben Shattuck - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781953534040
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Published: Tin House Books - April 19th, 2022

An inventive, funny, and beautifully descriptive journey through a man's memory as he follows the famous path previously walked by Henry David Thoreau traveling through nature and self reflection. ~ Reviewed by Samantha Beitler


Thin Places: A Natural History of Healing and Home by Kerri Ní Dochartaigh - Book Review

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$25.00
ISBN: 9781571311955
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Published: Milkweed Editions - April 12th, 2022

Raw, hollowed and in the end as Kerri herself says; hallowed, those are the descriptive words that first come to mind after reading this memoir of growing up during the "Troubles" in Derry Northern Ireland. Kerri is one of the most outspoken, brutally honest authors I've ever read. It is as beautiful as it is razor sharp and her descriptions of the "Thin Places" within us as well as in nature will stay with you. The beautiful descriptions of landscape and the nature that inhabits both this realm, the inner one, and the space between us and the healing that takes place when in it, are breathtaking. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


Galloway: Life In a Vanishing Landscape by Patrick Laurie - Book Review

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By Patrick Laurie, Nick Offerman (Introduction by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781640095007
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Published: Counterpoint - November 16th, 2021

If you are in need of Rebanksian sensibilities, this book is for you; stories of the ancient (way off the beaten track) land of Galloway, Scotland. Those wild and tamed or in the case of the Riggits cattle (semi tamed) and the balance and dynamics of the new "old" farming life on ecosystems of vanishing nature like the curlews. Poetic and very lyrical in the true "Romantic," sense. I loved it and you can see why Laurie, James Rebanks and Nick Offerman are friends and conspirators. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780142004418
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Published: Penguin Books - June 29th, 2004

Delightful classic of family humor in an exotic setting. Better in print than the excellent PBS Masterpiece Theater adaptation. Chuckles, smiles, the occasional tear. Perfect antidote for our clouded times. ~ Reviewed by Efton Jiles


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