Friday, September 10, 2010

What is Jim Minick reading?

The current featured contributor at Writers Read: Jim Minick, author of The Blueberry Years: A Memoir of Farm and Family.

His entry begins:
Two books just traveled from shelf to bedside back to shelf. And in that journey they also, thankfully, traveled through me. One, Rob Amberg’s The New Road captures the story of the building of the last section of Interstate 26 through the North Carolina mountains. Rob weaves together his own insights and reactions to this highway along with oral histories of many people affected by it. And then Amberg’s stunning photographs illustrate this place’s beauty and destruction. No easy conclusions here—the road definitely brought desecration and development, but also safety and convenience. Rob captures...[read on]
Among the early praise for The Blueberry Years:
“I can't think of anyone I more admire these days than Jim Minick. He is the real thing -- a man of humility and grace who writes beautifully about the struggles of ordinary life.”
—Robert Hicks, author of Widow of the South

“A truly inspiring story, in gorgeous prose, about one family’s journey into blueberry farming. Delicious reading.”
—Naomi Wolf, author of The End of America

“This charming, homespun memoir of organic blueberry farming, written with lyrical grace by a poet-scholar, is a modern georgic, contemplating one local facet of our global food system.”
—Sharyn McCrumb, New York Times bestselling author
Learn more about the book and author at Jim Minick's website.

Writers Read: Jim Minick.

--Marshal Zeringue