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click to enlarge - Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year - of Food Life  -  - Barbara Kingsolver with Steven L. Hopp and Camille - Kingsolver  - HarperCollins, $26.95/hardcover -  -  - Animal, Vegetable, Miracle is another foodie - book at a time when foodie books are hard not to find. - This one, however, comes with the name of Kingsolver - attached, and it won't disappoint her fans. Not only will - readers learn hard truths about small, family farms, the - yearning for spring asparagus and turkey sex (!), but - they'll do it the way the authors did, as part of a family - unit. One of the real charms to this book is the - interweaving of Barbara's poetic prose, her husband - Steven Hopp's journalistic research clips and her - daughter Camille's chatty, conversational entries. If this - doesn't push you to plant your own garden, cook more - at home, or buy from local farmers, it'll at least give you - some food for thought.   Kirsten Akens
  • Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life

    Barbara Kingsolver with Steven L. Hopp and Camille Kingsolver

    HarperCollins, $26.95/hardcover

    Animal, Vegetable, Miracle is another foodie book at a time when foodie books are hard not to find. This one, however, comes with the name of Kingsolver attached, and it won't disappoint her fans. Not only will readers learn hard truths about small, family farms, the yearning for spring asparagus and turkey sex (!), but they'll do it the way the authors did, as part of a family unit. One of the real charms to this book is the interweaving of Barbara's poetic prose, her husband Steven Hopp's journalistic research clips and her daughter Camille's chatty, conversational entries. If this doesn't push you to plant your own garden, cook more at home, or buy from local farmers, it'll at least give you some food for thought. Kirsten Akens

click to enlarge Lust in Translation: The Rules of - Infidelity from Tokyo to Tennessee  -  - Pamela Druckerman  - Penguin Press, $24.95/hardcover -  -  - Who's sleeping with who in Hollywood nowadays, - anyway? To be honest, I'm as curious as anyone, yet I - can't quite allow myself to buy the lastest Paris-Hilton- - pictured-with-a-new-man tabloids. Pamela - Druckerman's new book, a nonfiction romp into - bedrooms around the world, scratches that voyeuristic - itch quite satisfyingly. Her quest to understand - extramarital affairs takes readers to Europe, Russia, - Japan, China and South Africa as well as North America. - Though nothing Druckerman uncovers will save the - world, or even your marriage, the cultural attitudes she - records can be eye-opening (for example: the - businessman's belief in Japan that "it's not cheating if - you pay for it"). Overall, it's a light and entertaining read, - but still smart and insightful. Like the best office gossip. -   Jill Thomas
  • Lust in Translation: The Rules of Infidelity from Tokyo to Tennessee

    Pamela Druckerman

    Penguin Press, $24.95/hardcover

    Who's sleeping with who in Hollywood nowadays, anyway? To be honest, I'm as curious as anyone, yet I can't quite allow myself to buy the lastest Paris-Hilton- pictured-with-a-new-man tabloids. Pamela Druckerman's new book, a nonfiction romp into bedrooms around the world, scratches that voyeuristic itch quite satisfyingly. Her quest to understand extramarital affairs takes readers to Europe, Russia, Japan, China and South Africa as well as North America. Though nothing Druckerman uncovers will save the world, or even your marriage, the cultural attitudes she records can be eye-opening (for example: the businessman's belief in Japan that "it's not cheating if you pay for it"). Overall, it's a light and entertaining read, but still smart and insightful. Like the best office gossip. Jill Thomas

click to enlarge The Wild Trees: A Story of Passion - and Daring  -  - Richard Preston  - Random House, $25.95/hardcover -  -  - Redwood trees are the tallest and largest organisms in - the world, and have been widely acknowledged and - admired as such  from the ground. It wasn't until - recently that young people united to unlock the - mysteries of the trees' canopies by climbing into them. - The Wild Trees documents their finds, falls, - breakthroughs and personal stories. Richard Preston - (The Hot Zone) writes passionately, with a - simple yet elegant syntax, as he details the advent of - scientific tall-tree climbing through the eyes of the - craft's pioneers. He's a thorough, faithful storyteller who - can engage readers on tree geek-speak and botanic - topics. The search for the single largest tree on Earth - propels the narrative deep into rainforest valleys. And - trust me: You'll want to follow along.  Matthew - Schniper
  • The Wild Trees: A Story of Passion and Daring

    Richard Preston

    Random House, $25.95/hardcover

    Redwood trees are the tallest and largest organisms in the world, and have been widely acknowledged and admired as such from the ground. It wasn't until recently that young people united to unlock the mysteries of the trees' canopies by climbing into them. The Wild Trees documents their finds, falls, breakthroughs and personal stories. Richard Preston (The Hot Zone) writes passionately, with a simple yet elegant syntax, as he details the advent of scientific tall-tree climbing through the eyes of the craft's pioneers. He's a thorough, faithful storyteller who can engage readers on tree geek-speak and botanic topics. The search for the single largest tree on Earth propels the narrative deep into rainforest valleys. And trust me: You'll want to follow along. Matthew Schniper

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