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Epic Tomatoes by Craig LeHoullier

If you have any interest in gardening, Epic Tomatoes by Craig LeHoullier is a must-read.  The author discusses tomato history, leaders in breeding and heirloom seed saving, and his own journey from tomato-growing rookie to his job as tomato adviser to the Seed Savers Exchange. He has grown over 1200 different tomato varieties and has [...]

Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson

Erik Larson has a proven record of chronicling history as it intersects with the lives of individuals, and his latest work is no exception. With his customary astuteness and storytelling aplomb, he describes the events that led up to the demise of the passenger liner Lusitania, which was torpedoed by a German U-Boat on May [...]

The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances by Matthew “The Oatmeal” Inman

If you want to read a laugh-out-loud book about running, read The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances by Matthew “The Oatmeal” Inman. It was a happy break for me to read this collection of comics that describe the Oatmeal’s running experiences and make fun of a lot of stuff associated with [...]

Apples of Uncommon Character by Rowan Jacobsen

You might think that books about trees and bushes are probably dry and boring. For the most part, that’s true, although they are also very useful when planning what specimens to buy. Every once in a while though, a gem comes along, and Apples of Uncommon Character by Rowan Jacobsen is one of them. Jacobsen [...]

In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick

I don’t usually read non-fiction, and when I do, I don’t usually like it all that well. With In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex, I’ll admit that I picked up the book because Ron Howard is directing a movie version, soon to be released, starring Chris Hemsworth. I also [...]

North of Normal by Cea Sunrise Person

Cea Sunrise Person spent her childhood and adolescence as part of a free-spirited family who left California to spend their nomadic life in a series of teepees and makeshift housing in Canada during the 1970s in the sunset of the counterculture movement, moving in and out of relationships, living off the land, doing drugs. Family [...]

Savage Harvest:A Tale of Cannibals, Colonialism, and Michael Rockefeller’s Tragic Quest for Primitive Art by Carl Hoffman

At the dawn of the ‘60s, Michael Rockefeller, a golden son of the Rockefeller dynasty traveled to remote New Guinea. A child of privilege, the trip was an opportunity to experience new and mysterious cultures, to work on a documentary film, and to prove himself a serious collector of primitive art, which interest he shared [...]

In the Neighborhood by Peter Lovenheim

 In the Neighborhood: The Search for Community on an American Street, One Sleepover at a Time by Peter Lovenheim tells the unusual true life story of Lovenheim’s journey deep into his street, sleeping over at and spending a day with those of his neighbors who would welcome him. It’s an unusual approach to a popular [...]

The Good Spy: The Life and Death of Robert Ames by Kai Bird

A good biography is hard to find, and The Good Spy: The Life and Death of Robert Ames is one such rare tome. In 1983, a bomb exploded outside the American Embassy in Beirut, killing 63 people. It marked the beginning of Hezbollah as a political force, but even more importantly, it eliminated America’s most [...]

Get Off Your Ass and Run! by Ruth Field

I am a runner.  Although I am not in love with running, I am extremely disciplined and have never, in over 15 years of running, NOT met my mileage goal for the week no matter how busy I am or who I annoy.  But I do need motivating things to think about while running so [...]

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