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Friday Finds: Wisdom of the Last Farmer

Wisdom of the Last Farmer

Wisdom of the Last Farmer, by David Mas Masumoto

Friday Finds 

Friday Finds is hosted by Should Be Reading.

 Here’s the blurb from the publisher: 

It was when David Mas Masumoto’s father had a stroke on the sprawling fields of their farm that the son looked with new eyes on the land where he and generations of his family have toiled for decades. Masumoto — an organic farmer working the land in California’s Central Valley — farms stories as he farms peaches. In Wisdom of the Last Farmer, an impassioned memoir of revitalization and redemption, he finds the natural connections between generation and succession, fathers and children, booms and declines as he tells the story of his family and their farm. He brings us to the rich earth of America’s Fruit Basket, under the vine trellises and canes where grapes are grown, and to the fruit orchards flush with green before harvest, where he uncovers and preserves the age-old wisdom that is fast disappearing in our modern, information-driven world — and that is urgently needed in this time of food crises and social disruption. 

In his gorgeous, lyrical prose, Masumoto conjures the realities of farming life while weaving in the history of American agriculture over the past century, encapsulating universal themes of work along with wisdom that could be gleaned only from the earth. By the end of the workday, he understands the feeling of accomplishment when you’ve done your best…and discovers that it’s when he lets go — of both his father and control of nature — that wisdom manifests itself. And, when Masumoto’s daughter intends to return to the family farm, hope is found in the generations. In the quiet eloquence of Wisdom of the Last Farmer, you will see how your own destiny is involved in the future of your food, the land, and the farm. 

I found out about this book while watching The Martha Stewart Show. Lately I’ve been interested in the organic movement and the need to buy local produce so this one really caught my eye.

What did you find this week?

I’m Serving Up the Papers!

In the Time of the Butterflies 

Tonight, my book club meets to discuss In the Time of the Butterflies. I have to tell you, I am not a fan of this book. I was very eager to read it, but at 200 pages in, I’ve decided to divorce it. There are just too many characters and none of them pull me in. I’m disappointed because I have had this book for over a year and I’ve always wanted to read something by Alvarez but this one just didn’t do it for me. My book club may be watching the movie version within the next few weeks and I’m interested to see how the material comes across on film. 

 The Last Song 

Another book that I am giving up on is The Last Song. I read it with Rebecca during her #IHeartTheSpark Twitter read-along and I just could not get through it. Not even for Rebecca and that says a lot. My main issue with this book started with the knowledge that Miley Cyrus is slated to play the lead in the movie version. I like Miley and we watch a lot of her in my house but while reading this one I kept seeing the main character as “Hannah Montana” and I could not for the life of me get that vision out of my head. The writing was so, so…forced. It turned my brain to mush and it took days for me to recover from it. No, I won’t be picking it up again.

So there you have it. Two divorces. I’m a tarnished reader.  

SourceThe Last Song is a review copy sent to me by Little, Brown and Company. In the Time of the Butterflies was a gift.