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2 more books

Posted on: February 2, 2008

I managed to squeeze in two more books, probably the last two before maternity leave ends (though I just received my pre-ordered copy of The Seduction of the Crimson Rose by Lauren Willig, the latest in the fantastic series that started with The Secret History of the Pink Carnation, so I may try to sneak that in as well over the next few days).

The Milk Memos: How Real Moms Learned to Mix Business with Babies-and How You Can, Too by Cate Colburn and Andrea Serrette
After getting over the initial tears generated in the chapter about the first day back to work, I found this a really helpful, calming read to help get me ready for next week’s adventures. The authors were women returning to work at IBM after maternity leave and writing to each other in a journal in the lactation room there. The book uses snippets from the journals entries they wrote and lots of useful and practical information. There’s a web site for the book with a blog and resources that I’ll have to check out.

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver
Karen and Brian sent this as a holiday present to S (thank you!) but I snagged it first and really just loved it. Its reminiscent of The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, but Kingsolver is such a good writer that it reads more like a story than the investigative journalism tone of similar books. Her book, written with contributions from her husband and daughter, details the year adventure their family took in eating locally, raising and growing almost all their own food in an Appalachian Farm. Its filled with recipes, facts about the impact of the food we’re transporting long distances, and amazing descriptions of farm life (including a very graphic description of turkey reproduction). It made me want to jump out of the Silicon Valley rat race and grow my own food on a farm (until I remember my general lack of ability in that area and unfamiliarity with dirt, physical labor, and vegetables… although I do have a husband who can both grow and cook things…). There’s a web site for the book too of course, and it has all the yummy sounding recipes and lots of useful resources.

1 Response to "2 more books"

Hi there!
It’s Cate Colburn-Smith – co-author of The Milk Memos! I have a Google alert on my book title – that’s how I found your blog. Thank you for mentioning The Milk Memos, and I’m glad you found it helpful and calming. All the best to you as you return to work. You can do it!!
Your daughter is BEAUTIFUL!
All the best, Cate

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