Posted by Book Mavens on October 10th, 2011
Title: The Orchard
Author: Theresa Weir
Publisher: Hachette Book Group, September 2011
Summary: I used to pick out the shiniest, darkest red apple with a perfect exterior. Not wanting to bite into something unexpected, I inspected it closely for holes. I took my time trying to find the best one, but I never gave much thought about what went into making such a beautiful apple…until I read The Orchard.
Seeing the farm through the author’s eyes, as someone who had never worked on one before, she interprets what really goes on in the fields–how the pesticides stay on their skin, give off a strong scent, and essentially become a part of them. Seen as an “outsider” by the farmers, she is able to see what they cannot see, or what they refuse to see.
Not only does this book bring truth to a subject that is not spoken often of, but her personal story takes into account how the past shapes the future, addresses the impact of family obligation over individual choice, and considers the awareness of fate.
Recommended by: Sharyn, Circulation Dept.
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