Bite Me: A Love Story by Christopher Moore
The only problem with a Christopher Moore book is trying to turn the page when you’re laughing so hard your motor skills are impaired. And again, as always, Bite Me takes no cognitive prisoners.
That said, my suggestion is to do a little homework before jumping on board the Bite Me rollercoaster. Bite Me reunites readers with a group of confused baby vampires who were first introduced in Bloodsucking Fiends and You Suck and also with one of my personal favorite characters Kona, a perpetually high, blonde dreaded, English language impaired surfer boy turned death ship captain from Fluke Or, I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings. Read those books first and your adventure through Bite Me will make much more sense. And you’ll get three additional opportunities to read Moore.
If you choose to jump in head first and start with Bite Me be prepared to for intense language and visualization. Moore isn’t afraid of shock and awe, but always tempers the R rated scenes with a joke or a sympathetic character reveal. These vampires are not cuddly like in Twilight and they aren’t teetering on the edge of the shark like “True Blood.” They maintain human qualities of eagerness and affection, fear and failure.
All in all, Bite Me works. I’m more excited than ever for his next book. I’m sure he is too, because he obviously has a blast when writing. If we all were as passionate about our day jobs as Christopher Moore, we’d probably want to kick our own recklessly cheerful butts.
Bringing it to the Table: On Farming and Food by Wendell Berry
"Only a farmer could delve so deeply into the origins of food, and only a writer of Wendell Berry’s caliber could convey it with such conviction and eloquence. Long before Whole Foods organic produce was available at your local supermarket, Berry was farming with the purity of food in mind. For the last five decades, Berry has embodied mindful eating through his land practices and his writing. In recognition of that influence, Michael Pollan here offers an introduction to this wonderful collection.
"Drawn from over thirty years of work, this collection joins bestsellers The Omnivore’s Dilemma, by Pollan, and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, by Barbara Kingsolver, as essential reading for anyone who cares about what they eat. The essays address such concerns as: How does organic measure up against locally grown? What are the differences between small and large farms, and how does that affect what you put on your dinner table? What can you do to support sustainable agriculture?
"A progenitor of the Slow Food movement, Wendell Berry reminds us all to take the time to understand the basics of what we ingest. “Eating is an agriculture act,” he writes. Indeed, we are all players in the food economy."
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