Barbara Kingsolver has a new book out and I’m on pins and needles until I can get my hands on it. A quote from her recent interview with Salon illustrates why:
“Food is the one consumer choice we have to make every day. We can use that buying power in a transaction that burns excessive fossil fuels, erodes topsoil, supports multinationals that pay their workers just a few bucks a day — or the same money could strengthen neighborhood food economies, keep green spaces alive around our towns, and compensate farmers for applying humane values. Every purchase weighs in on one side or the other. It just isn’t possible to opt out. Otherwise, if you’re going to eat food, you belong to some kind of food chain. The goal of this book is to reveal that truth.”
Every time I read one of her books, I am struck by how she can so eloquently express my world view and then I feel like I was born 15 years too late–that I should be her. Her fiction entertains, but her non-fiction enlightens. If you haven’t read her books, and are at least remotely interested by the ideas of community, farming, family relations, and sustainable living, proceed directly to the nearest indie bookshop and check her out!