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How Carrots Won the Trojan War

Once upon a time I meet an author. Not an unusual event in a bookstore, but this author stuck in my mind because she was fun and giggly and very much a kindred spirit!  Her name is Rebecca Rupp. Her middle-reader novel, The Dragon of Lonely Island is still one of my favorite books. But a new book of hers, How Carrots Won the Trojan War (while like her other non-fiction works) is not my usual reading. First it is non-fiction. And while I've read some non-fiction (even willingly and not mandatory for a class assignment) it is not first on my list of readings.

But when I heard that carrots helped win the Trojan War, I had to take a chance on a friend. And it was a chance worth taking! Rupp has taken vegetables to a new level. She has traced the funny, serious and unusual facts and stories of 20 different vegetables: such as asparagus (a least favorite veggie of mine due to an unfortunate dinner preparation for a couple of children I was babysitting) and how it seduced a French King. Such as corn with its connection to a famous Transylvanian. Such as Pumpkins (a favorite pie of mine and a food for a family legend) and of course turnips (that vegetable that ties in with pumpkins and has a history that would give me a starring role in a Junior-High Play—which to this day I've still not gotten my academy award for!) (READ MORE)

How Carrots Won the Trojan War: Curious (but True) Stories of Common Vegetables By Rebecca Rupp Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781603429689
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Published: Storey Publishing, LLC - October 7th, 2011

Sending Milk - three quick questions for photographer Skye Chalmers.

On Saturday, June 16 at 7 pm, Skye Chalmers presents his arresting collection of black and white photographs of the dairy farms of the northeast - Sending Milk. Following the slideshow and discussion please join us for a selection of Cabot cheeses and wine. In the meantime, we posed three questions...

Northshire: You must go to jail - you can take one book with you - which one?

SC: Yikes. Lets see....Encyclopedia Britannica.

Northshire: Very practical of you! Do you have a literary hero/heroine?

SC : My photography hero would be Joseph Koudelka. He is one of my favorites - the Hungarians and Czechs have amazing visual style- not sure what it is about that area that fosters that genius. His book Chaos is a must.

Northshire : Agree completely! I don't know what it is either - maybe the isolation for so much of the last century? Kept them free (ironically) of trends for the most part. I see it in their, of all things, animation, too - wonderful stuff.

Northshire: Did you have a favorite book as a child?

SC : The Adventures of Huck Finn - though I did try reading the dictionary when I was about seven but got to like page 6 in the letter A.

Northshire: That's further than I got. Thanks, Skye - looking forward to seeing you here this weekend!

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Sending Milk: The Northeast Farms and Farmers of the Cabot Creamery Cooperative By Skye Chalmers, Stephen Kiernan (Introduction By) Cover Image
By Skye Chalmers, Stephen Kiernan (Introduction By)
$39.95
ISBN: 9780985167615
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Published: 3X120 Press - May 1st, 2012

Sending Milk: The Northeast Farms and Farmers of the Cabot Creamery Cooperative by Skye Chalmers - Book Review

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Sending Milk: The Northeast Farms and Farmers of the Cabot Creamery Cooperative By Skye Chalmers, Stephen Kiernan (Introduction By) Cover Image
By Skye Chalmers, Stephen Kiernan (Introduction By)
$39.95
ISBN: 9780985167615
Availability: Special Order
Published: 3X120 Press - May 1st, 2012

A fantastic gift of photographs of farmers and farms of the Northeast. A rich portrait of our culture. ~ Reviewed by Chris Morrow


Dorset: In the Shadow of the Marble Mountain

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Dorset: In the Shadow of the Marble Mountain By Tyler Resch Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780914659440
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Published: Dorset Historical Society - December 1st, 1989

This quite readable history of a typical Vermont town stresses the untypical aspects of Dorset. Tyler Resch focuses on five topics that are of special distinction to Dorset: the four Dorset Conventions of 1775-1776; the political maneuvers that resulted in the Mt. Tabor Leg; Dorset's status as the site of the first marble quarry on the continent; the "summer people" phenomenon and a tradition of arts and artists.


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