Tuesday, August 28, 2012

More about books....

Some of you have mentioned enjoying Barbara Kingsolver's books.  It just so happens that she was a guest speaker at Emory and Henry College when our daughters were students there.  She met - and married - one of the professors, and he moved away for a number of years.  I would recommend that you read the book ANIMAL, VEGETABLE, MIRACLE, which is an autobiographical account of their first year when they decided to return to his farm located not very far from campus.  They made a decision to live on what the land would provide, relying on what was available locally.  She writes of even making their own cheese!

You may remember a recent post regarding a cheese ring that I took to Emory and Henry College for the Faculty/Staff Social.  While it was great to be able to be part of the group attending, the highlight of the afternoon was the opportunity I had to actually talk with Barbara Kingsolver! 

Enjoying the reception.

She and her husband have remained in the area after returning several years ago, and he has rejoined the faculty.  She was the speaker for graduation a couple of years ago, and he was a guest presenter at one of the More Than A Vacation weeks we attended. 

Thank you for reading.  I really enjoy your comments.


  1. This is an interesting post Nellie. In the pioneer days everyone lived off the land. I think those must have been less stressful times.

  2. How neat that you got to hear Barbara Kingsolver. I have not read the book you mentioned --but it sounds great... Thanks for sharing.


  3. Well, you know me....I'm drooling at the picture of that table full of food! :-) It is always exciting to meet someone whom you've admired for a long time, and I'm sure this was a great moment for all who were in attendance at that meeting.

  4. How fun, I will look for that book at our library. I know right where her books are on the library shelves. I have only read one book of hers and I think it was the very first one years ago. I didn't know that they lived off the land. I love stories like that.
    I am so glad you told that little story about her and her husband.
    That is so nice Nellie.

  5. oh- How exciting, Nellie. I bet she is just a fascinating person. What a blessing to be able to chat with her in person. I have not read that book of hers but I will look for it now- xo Diana

  6. Oh I love a god read, & going back to my childhood, Charlotte's Webb was one of my favorites, too along with Harriet the Spy!