Weekend Reviews

I love books. I also love documentaries. As I'm traveling along on this journey towards self sufficiency and more creative and mindful living I'm finding that there is a wonderful and kind community of people who care about many of the same things that I do. Here are my reactions and responses to some of their words and images, organized very loosely by category.

In June of 2011, I joined the staff of Blogcritics.org as a book reviewer. Some of my reviews are published there before I post them here. If so, this is noted in the post with a link to the original publication.

Art & Craft:
The Creative Family (2008) by Amanda Blake Soule
A Knitter's Home Companion (2011) by Michelle Edwards
Yarn Harlot (2005) by Stephanie Pearl McPhee
The Rhythm of Family (2011) by Amanda Blake Soule
The Accidental Creative (2011) by Todd Henry
Just My Type (2011) by Simon Garfield
Moby-Dick in Pictures (2011) by Matt Kish
Create Dangerously (2011) by Edwidge Danticat
Our Secret Territory (2011) by Laura Simms
Taking Place (2011) ed. by John David Rhodes & Elena Gorfinkel
The Paper Garden (2012) by Molly Peacock
The Storytelling Animal (2012) by Jonathan Gottschall

Documentaries:
The Cove (2009) Directed by Louie Psihoyos
Sweetgrass (2010) Dir. by Ilisa Barbash and Lucien Castaing-Taylor
Laboring Under An Illusion (2009) Dir. by Vicki Elson
Waiting for "Superman" (2011) Dir. by Davis Guggenheim
Babies (2010) Dir. by Thomas Balmes

Environment, Sustainability & Green Living:
Depletion and Abundance (2008) by Sharon Astyk
No Impact Man (2009) by Colin Beavan
Treasures of the Earth (2009) by Saleem H. Ali
Diet for a Hot Planet (2010) by Anna Lappe
Deep Economy (2007) by Bill McKibben
Slow Death by Rubber Duck (2009) by Rick Smith and Bruce Lourie
Eaarth (2010) by Bill McKibben
Cradle to Cradle (2002) by William McDonough & Michael Braungart
Thriving Beyond Sustainability (2010) by Andres R. Edwards
Clean Energy Nation (2011) by  Jerry McNerney and Martin Cheek
EcoChi (2011) by Debra Duenier
The Non-Toxic Avenger (2011) by Deanna Duke
Plastic Ocean (2011) by Capt. Charles Moore

Family & Children & Memoir:
Everyday Blessings (1998) by Myla and Jon Kabat-Zinn
The Philosophical Baby (2009) by Alison Gopnik
Having Faith (2001) by Sandra Steingraber
Free Range Kids (2009) by Lenore Skenazy
Into the Minds of Babes (2007) by Lisa Guernesey
Love in a Time of Homeschooling (2010) by Laura Brodie
Simplicity Parenting (2009) by Kim John Payne & Lisa M. Ross
Above All, Be Kind (2003) by Zoe Weil
Bluefish's Secret Wish (2011) by Ranya Rafiq Malouf
Off to Class (2011) by Susan Hughes
Purple Leaves, Red Cherries (2011) by Tania Elfersy & Andrea Katzman
The Smartest Woman I Know (2011) by Ilene Beckerman
Running Away to Home (2011) by Jennifer Wilson
Amazing Adventures of a Nobody (2011) by Leon Logothetis
My Very Happy Birthday (2011) by Jennifer Dewing
Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life (2011) by Karen Armstrong
The Voluntourist (2012) by Ken Budd
Parenting for Peace (2012) by Marcy Axness

Fiction
Pulp and Paper (2011) by Josh Rolnick


Food, Farming, & Gardening:
Stolen Harvest (2000) by Vandana Shiva
Bottomfeeder (2009) by Taras Grescoe
Righteous Porkchop (2009) by Nicolette Hahn Niman
Bringing it to the Table (2009) by Wendell Berry
Recipe for America (2009) by Jill Richardson
A Homemade Life (2009) by Molly Wizenberg
Coop (2009) by Michael Perry
Hit by a Farm (2006) by Catherine Friend
Food Rules (2009) by Michael Pollan
Food Matters (2008) by Mark Bittman
Honeybee (2009) by C. Marina Marchese
Food Rebellions! (2009) by Eric Holt-Gimenez and Raj Patel
Minding My Mitochondria (2010) by Terry L. Wahls, M.D.
The Bucolic Plague (2010) by Josh Kilmer-Purcell
The Dirty Life (2010) by Kristin Kimball
Farm City (2009) by Novella Carpenter
The Seasons on Henry's Farm (2009) by Terra Brockman
Deeply Rooted (2009) by Lisa M. Hamilton
Kitchen Literacy (2008) by Ann Vileisis
The Joy of Hobby Farming (2011) by Michael & Audrey Levatino
Self-Sufficiency (2010) Ed. by Abigail R Gehring
Independence Days (2009) by Sharon Astyk
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Self-Sufficient Living (2009) by Jerome D. Belanger
The Physiology of Taste (2011) by Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin
FoodTrients (2012) by Grace O

Nature:
Awakening to Nature (2001) by Charles Cook
Becoming Native to This Place (1994) Wes Jackson
Wild Comfort (2010) by Kathleen Dean Moore
Teaching a Stone to Talk (1982) by Annie Dillard
Home Economics (1987) by Wendell Berry
Becoming Animal (2011) by David Abram