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by Ted Williams. Ted Williams, the environmental and nature writer (not the Bosoxs "Splendid Splinter") shares here a collection of his seasonal observations. Williams is a keen observer and each essay is about a single moment he has witnessed. He explains the natural phenomena behind these moments and tells readers where to go and what to look for so they may also try to observe such events. Along with teaching about various plants, animals, birds, and insects, Williams is also showing the reader how to "see", how to observe the marvels of the natural world. His essays follow the cycle of one year and included instances witnessed in all parts of the country. He calls these moments "retreats into what is pure and clean and right with the world". Reading these beautifully composed essays indeed refreshed the spirit. Hardcover 192pp PUB at $22.95 Learn More$4.95
By David Mas Masumoto. In this book, the author chronicles the three generations of farmers in his family who have been shaped by the land, and their ideals, to bring us a meaningful and and thoughtful view into the world of modern farming. We go to our local grocery store and buy a peach, take it home, and hope it will soften and ripen without spoiling. Very few of us know the difference between a store bought peach and the exquisite experience of biting into a juicy heirloom peach that has been picked at full ripeness. This is the story of David Mas Masumoto and others like him who have kept alive farming traditions that offer us treasures like this so all of us may enjoy some of lifes simplest pleasures, even in the face of mounting costs, pressure from large companies and shrinking profitability. A reminder of the important and thankless job small farmers have in the modern agriculture world. Hardcover. 239 pp. Pub at $25.00. Learn More$7.95