Scott Wiedensaul’s Of a Feather is more than a history of birding in America – it’s an excellent piece of American history, a gossipy (in tone but not in fact) look at ornithology and includes so many bits of society and culture that my head was spinning with glee as I read it. This will be front and center in the that feature on birding lit this summer at Bookslut.
I need to remember to check back at Bookslut for that, since I know Colleen will have some great choices.
In the same post, Colleen writes,
Lisa Hamilton writes about being a traveler and witness in her essay for Powells. I just finished her book on three original farmers, Deeply Rooted and will be submitting a review for it for July. Every book on farming I read just makes me shake my head over how distance we have gotten from food and real life. It’s so odd to me how we watch Jon and Kate (and please – everyone has at least once) and that seems real to us. A staged show about a family is reality tv for families to watch. Why real farming and real food and real questions about both of those subjects (plus life and general) matter is what Deeply Rooted is all about. It’s very good stuff.
Colleen, if it makes you feel any better, I’ve never seen Jon and Kate except on magazine covers at the checkout counter. One of the benefits of having (and, until the antenna is fixed, having had) only two TV channels!
By the way, here’s a link for the farming book,
Deeply Rooted: Unconventional Farmers in the Age of Agribusiness by Lisa M. Hamilton (Counterpoint, May 2009)
* after doing some more catch-up reading, I see there is now a distinction between “book bloggers” and “lit bloggers”. Heavens. Will need to give this some wine-soaked thought.