Booknotes from Our Staff

Your Farm in the City: An Urban-Dweller’s Guide to Growing Food and Raising Animals by Lisa Taylor and the gardeners of Seattle Tilth (Black Dog & Leventhal)

An exceptional new handbook for anyone who wants to become an urban farmer, this book includes everything you need to know about raising farm animals and growing food on your little plot of land. Taylor uses farmer’s wisdom and city savvy to cover all the basics and all the details. Complete with illustrations, maps to help you set up your space efficiently, and charts to clarify and simplify your reading, this is the most comprehensive book I’ve seen, and if you live in Seattle you won’t find a guide more accurate for your specific needs and concerns because the authors of this book are the local experts! -Candra


Townie: A Memoir by Andre Dubus III (Norton)

One of fiction’s greatest dynasties unfolds on the pages of Andre Dubus III’s memoir, Townie. A scrawny kid from mill towns on the Merrimack, Dubus manages to develop the formidable physique of a fighter through determination to defend himself, his family, and his friends. Seemingly trapped in a trajectory of love culled from violence born of love, he turns his determination toward writing and discovers, in a redemptive and potent narrative, the true quality of masculinity amidst a transformed love and admiration for his noteworthy namesake and father. -Dave



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