Thursday, September 26, 2019

Book Beginning: The Melon by Amy Goldman & Listening at Lookout Creek by Gretel Van Wieren



I have two this week because I have so many new books stacked on my desk I need to start doing some double-features!

The taste of melons at their peak, oozing honey, is incomparable, as is the air, sweet-smelling with muskmellon on an August night.

-- The Melon by Amy Goldman. Goldman is an author, gardener, and advocate for heirloom seeds, fruits, and vegetables. Her newest book, The Melon, is an expanded revamp of her earlier melon book and is fabulously luscious. Top pick for gardener gift giving.

There is spirit to these woods, if you take the time to listen.
-- Listening at Lookout Creek: Nature in Spiritual Practice by Gretel Van Wieren, new from OSU Press. Van Wieren retreated to the H. J. Andrews Experimental Forest in Oregon’s western Cascade Mountains to conduct the "spiritual experiment" needed to reconnect with the natural world.

Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

EARLY BIRDS & SLOWPOKES: This weekly post goes up Thursday evening for those who like to get their posts up and linked early on. But feel free to add a link all week.

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TIE IN: The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice is a natural tie in with this event and there is a lot of cross over, so many people combine the two. The idea is to post a teaser from page 56 of the book you are reading and share a link to your post. Find details and the Linky for your Friday 56 post on Freda’s Voice.


From The Melon:

Once a favorite of French market gardeners, Prescott Find Blanc is now a favorite of mine. This ethereal, deeply furrowed , puffy-looking melon reminds me of dough rising.

From Listening at Lookout Creek:

Ecological change does influence inner change. And how we think about this change, how we choose to name it and then engage it, or not, shapes our consciousness, our very being.


Margaret @ BooksPlease said...

These two books both look good, but I'm more drawn to Listening at Lookout Creek.

fredamans said...

I really like the sounds of Listening at Lookout Creek! I added you to the Linky. Happy weekend!

Literary Feline said...

I love the opening you shared of Listening at Lookout Creek. I hope you are enjoying both your books. Now I am craving melon... Have a great weekend!

Nicki J. Markus / Asta Idonea said...

Not sure I'd read a book about melons, though I do like eating them! :)

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