Are you looking for a good read? Let me make a suggestion. I just finished a book that I am still thinking about days later. It’s not a book that I would have ever chosen myself. I came across this book through an English teacher that I follow on Twitter. He was reading it for his own book club, and I thought I would take a look at it. My husband kind of laughed when he saw that I was reading this book. But as I was reading, I would share bits and tidbits about what I was learning or thinking about because of this book. He now wants to read it for himself.
The book is called American Harvest: God, Country and Farming in the Heartland. Sounds riveting doesn’t it? But I promise you this is a really good book. It’s non-fiction, and it is the story of the author, Marie Mutsuki Moffett, and her time on the wheat harvest. I’m not sure why I got into this book so much. Maybe it’s because I live in Texas, and I see the wheat fields, the combines, the farmers, the harvesters, the rodeos. But she also talks about GMO’s and organic food. She ties in religion and the search for belonging and identity if you’re a person of color. She asks some really thought provoking questions and really gave me some things to think about; different ways of looking at things. I almost want to read it again so all of that information can truly sink in. I got this book from the library because I wasn’t sure that I would like it. It’s definitely a book out of my comfort zone and I didn’t want to plunk down some money on a book about farming if I wasn’t going to like it. Thus, I wasn’t able to annotate and make some notes in the book. Or dog ear those pages! Yes, I am that person. I’m an English teacher. What do you expect??
Give it a try and let me know what you think! One of the great things about sharing a good book is that it pushes you to read outside of your comfort zone. So get uncomfortable!
Until next time,