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Good reads

I was a reading machine during those two weeks of Christmas vacation. Perhaps needing an escape from antsy holiday-hyped children? Oh, goodness no! Truth is, I'm not very good at managing my library hold requests, and often a bunch of my holds will come in all at once, which means I need to read fast to get through them all. Here are two that I think you'll like:

First: Farewell, My Subaru: An Epic Adventure in Local Livingby Doug Fine. Doug is an NPR correspondent (I can totally hear his voice in my head...well, it's one of many) who decided to buy some property in rural New Mexico and try off-grid living. So the book is his account of what he did and his various challenges and successes. Wonderfully written, light-hearted and funny, and really quite fascinating if you've ever dreamt of an oil-free, sticking-it-to-the-man lifestyle. And you've got to love a man who loves his goats.

Secondly: A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table by Molly Wizenberg. I loved this book. Molly is behind the popular foodie blog Orangette, which I'd never really read before. This is a woman who loves food...the pure experience of preparing and eating food with friends and family. You can't help but get completely caught up in her narrative, swooning over the food she describes and wanting to prepare it yourself. Her stories are delightful and wonderfully written (as is her blog...I've gone back to the very beginning of it) and I can't wait to check out her and her husband's restaurant the next time I'm in Seattle. And as a blogger, I love (and envy) her personal success story: girl starts blog, gets big following, gets magazine column, gets book deal, opens restaurant. Sigh.

Have you read any good green-ish books lately? Or heck, any good books? Always looking for something good to read!


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