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The Botany of Desire

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The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World By Michael Pollan Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780375760396
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - May 28th, 2002

We don't just use plants, they have evolved to use us as well. A fascinating look at the relationship between humans and plants through four basic desires. No on writes about plants like Pollan. ~ Reviewed by Krysta Piccoli


Eating Animals

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Eating Animals By Jonathan Safran Foer Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316069885
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Published: Back Bay Books - September 1st, 2010

Eating Animals is kind of a 'tough love' sort of a book. It's not a lecture and it's not a rant. It's different than most books about vegetarianism. Foer wants to put the facts out there and let you make the decision. This book is for people who know that the choices they make affect everyone around them. Foer tries very hard to get all angles of the argument. He gets letters from activists of all kinds, factory farmers, family farmers, a vegan who designs slaughter houses, a vegetarian who raises beef cattle. It's a great start for anyone interested in where the animals eat come from, and the impact your food choices make.

My only criticism of this book is this: like Micheal Pollan (who he chastises for doing just this), Foer doesn't address his own contradictions. Not once does he mention the dairy industry. He lets himself completely off the hook. I kept waiting for him to address this, but it never comes up. ~ Reviewed by Krysta Piccoli


The Lacuna

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The Lacuna: A Novel By Barbara Kingsolver Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780060852580
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Published: Harper Perennial - July 20th, 2010

If you like Kingsolver you won't be let down by this book. Like Poisonwood Bible, this book is a journal, but only one man's. It begins with his childhood and the writing matures as he does. I often find myself re-reading certain sections and sentences because they are so wonderfully written. Kingsolver's writing style is so free-flowing and readable it's easy for anyone to enjoy. ~ Reviewed by Krysta Piccoli


Generation A

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Generation A: A Novel By Douglas Coupland Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781439157022
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Published: Scribner - June 8th, 2010

Douglas Coupland's writing is a little Chuck Palahniuk, without trying as hard to be clever, and a little Kurt Vonnegut, though not so cynical.

The story is about the foreseeable future when bees have gone extinct. No one has seen them for at least five years. Suddenly five different and seemingly unrelated people get stung. The book is told from their individual perspectives. Coupland does a good job of giving them all different personalities, though the writing style for each voice is basically identical. I found myself having trouble believing that the perceptive introvert was perceptive at all in certain chapters. At times he told his story like an ignorant fool. ~ Reviewed by Krysta Piccoli


Twelve by Twelve

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Twelve by Twelve: A One-Room Cabin Off the Grid & Beyond the American Dream By William Powers Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781577318972
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Published: New World Library - May 4th, 2010

A down-to-earth spiritual journey of an environmentalist living off the grid. In order to find his place in society, he must step outside of it. William Powers explores what poverty really means, and how living lightly is actually living in abundance. ~ Reviewed by Krysta Piccoli


The Devil in the White City (audiobook)

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The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America By Erik Larson, Tony Goldwyn (Read by) Cover Image
By Erik Larson, Tony Goldwyn (Read by)
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ISBN: 9780739323595
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Published: Random House Audio - May 3rd, 2005

Scott Brick is the perfect reader for Erik Larson's disturbing tale of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair; upbeat when necessary and solemn when the narrative hits its darker moments. The perfect story to listen to in the evenings when you are alone. Creepy! ~ Reviewed by Krysta Piccoli


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