The Week In Books, No. 39

Bean Blossom Dreams
is an enjoyable account of a professional Chicago family and their move to a Brown County, Indiana farm. The book has a lot in common with other similar city-to-farm narratives I’ve read, but this family’s ideal was to still telecommute to their jobs, not make a living from their farms. The author is English and was raised in Paris and London, so she has a different perspective on farming and was surprised to learn about conventional farming in the US, since apparently most growers in the UK do things organically. The second half of the book includes recipes and lists of what they planted in their garden, which I found useful since Brown County is just south of Indianapolis, so presumably what grows there would grow here. At least, that’s the theory. How I wish I didn’t stink at gardening!

I don’t have anything original to say about Daisy Miller
. I read about it in Reading Lolita in Tehran
and yeah, what she said. I felt the same way after I read his book The Turn of the Screw
after having read about it in The Thirteenth Tale
. Henry James is a good writer, but he doesn’t grab me. Anyway, on to other things.

I have been rather listless in my reading of late, and am currently part way through four books. I should perhaps just pick one and actually finish it.

Also Completed:

Currently Reading:
Psalms, Jeremiah, Matthew, Romans
“Jane Eyre” (out loud to Hannah and sometimes Jack when he’s available)
“A Chance to Die” by Elisabeth Elliot
“March” by Geraldine Brooks
“Don’t Make Me Count To Three!” by Ginger Plowman
“Innocent Traitor” by Alison Weir

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