Currently, on my bedside table are the following books (from top of the stack to bottom):
-my sermon notes journal
-The Knowledge of the Holy by A.W. Tozer (haven’t read this yet..but soon)
-Countryman’s Year by Haydn Pearson (a seasonal glimpse at old New England; published in the 1940′s and written by a man who grew up on a 120-yr. old dairy farm; just purchased this weekend – haven’t read yet)
-Second Person Rural and Third Person Rural (which are, of course, the sequels to First Person Rural) by Noel Perrin; highly recommend these wry essays of a former resident of NYC turned rural Vermont farmer.
-Householder’s Guide to the Universe by Harriet Fasenfest (Just finished reading this book. Found it encouraging and ridiculous. Encouraging, in that the author gardens just like I do, meaning that she plans her garden around the foods that can be preserved to feed her family all year. Ridiculous, in that the author seems to think she’s stumbled upon something new…keeping house, that is…and she’s named it “householding”. She lacks the intellectual honesty to admit that this new “economy” has actually been around for centuries, and the rest of us call it “home economics”, “homemaking”, “housekeeping”…once highly respected and even taught in schools before feminists (like herself) degraded it. So, the lack of intellectual honesty on the part of the author just had me laughing out loud and shaking my head. BUT she does know her gardening!)
-The Heirloom Life Gardener by Jere and Emilee Gettle (Part autobiography and part gardening manual. Just started reading. Great gardening advice for those of us who like heirlooms and organic.)