Monday, January 9, 2012

a book to share

At the beginning of the year, I always do a little nesting. I clean out closets, purge the playroom, and generally try to start the year with some semblance of order around here. Never mind that our Christmas decorations are still up this year. [I can't believe I just admitted that.] Anyway, each year I also amass a stack of books I cannot wait to read. Last year, I started off with The Family Dinner and The Happiness Project. This year, I am hoping to expand my knowledge of plant-based nutrition even further, plus I feel like I need a gentle reminder (and some inspiration) when it comes to quality family time. Now, as you'll see from the happy haul that arrived on my doorstep today: I meant to order two different Amanda Soule books, but I accidentally ordered two copies of the same one. My mistake is one lucky readers good fortune. Instead of sending the book back to Amazon, I would like to send it to one reader who also "yearns for a slower and simpler life with our kids". If you would like a chance to receive this book from yours truly, please leave a comment on this post letting me know of any other fabulous books I should add to my 2012 reading list. One winner will be chosen at random tomorrow, Tuesday, January 24th, after dinner. So, get those comments to me before 6pm!  


  1. The China Study, if you are looking for more info on plant based nutrition, it's a game changer!!

    I have Steve Jobs and Eating Animals waiting on my nightstand and Thrive is on my husband's.

    I've looked into Simpliticy Parenting, they have classes and a book...along w info online, I've been meaning to order the book.

  2. Have you read Simply Imperfect: Revisiting the Wabi-Sabi House by Robin Griggs Lawrence? It is on my list of books to read this year.

  3. Here are a couple I have checked out lately:

    Playful Learning

    A great blog read, too.

    Definitely not Plant-based eating, but a great read.

    Happiest of New Year's to you and your family!!

  4. OH books wonderful books! I would love your extra copy of Amanda's book. She mentions in her blog about going to Squam for an art retreat and I was just in the process of looking into doing that - a friend sent me the link. Such a small world.

  5. You guys are the best!!! I love all of these recommendations so far. Thank you Kathleen, Not-Too-Crafty, Robyn & Shana for the first 4 batches of suggestions. They are so varied and I hope I have a chance to read each and every one this year!!

  6. My favorite book is Farm City by Novella Carpenter. She is hilarious, and even if you aren't interested in raising your own food it's a good read and makes you re-think "eating local".

  7. congratulations to shana, who will be receiving the second copy of this wonderful book. please email me at: and let me know your address so I can send it off to you tomorrow! might even get there by the weekend for you to enjoy!


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