I had to abandon this book due to a sudden urge to eat bananas and sub-standard, out-of-season fruits and veggies. I have read things from KingsolverI had to abandon this book due to a sudden urge to eat bananas and sub-standard, out-of-season fruits and veggies. I have read things from Kingsolver that I have enjoyed, but her preaching to us "ittle people" finally got the best of me. By page 31 she was talking about 'Puritans, virtures, telling teens to wait for sex (like that matters, she says....Blah, blah, blah...) people stand for this restraint yet we are willing to eat tomatoes anytime of the year'. Ugh!! Is she serious?!
At the suggestion of Bridgette (who loves this book)I picked it up again to read chapter 6; The birds & the bees, & chapter 12; Zucchini Larceny:July. I did enjoy these, this was more like what I was hoping for in this book. I have always thought people should have to get permits for how many zucchinis they plant, as I live in fear of the larceny she talks about. I'll give it to her for living her dream life! She has the same passion for gardening as my grandma Smith and Thomas Jefferson- both I like. Grandma could not leave her house during garden/canning season- ever. If we wanted to see her we had to travel to Preston Idaho to do it. Her garden was her life, she loved it and found great joy there well into her 90's. She did it for life, love, joy and subtance -not to be vogue. I never heard much from grandma on her political views when gardening came up. But she did bring up God, miracles, taste, family and her thankfulness- to name a few. Jefferson loved books and gardening, he said he would rather have a farmer in office than a lawyer or politician. I agree -unless that farmer is Barbara Kingsolver. ...more