Following up on the inspiring book for August, Miraculous Abundance, this month our Good Food Book Club launches a short series on food and homesteading. As we move into what will most likely be the warmest winter on record, these books are sure to inspire us to consider taking more action to grow our own food and communities while confronting climate change.
So mark your calendars with the following books:
October: A Widow’s Walk Off-Grid to Self-Reliance by Annie Dodds (Mason Marshall Press, 2014)
November: The Weekend Homesteader: A 12 month Guide to Self Sufficiency by Anna Hess (Skyhorse Publishing, 2012)
December: 5 Acres and a Dream The Book: The Challenges of Establishing a Self-Sufficient Homestead by Leigh Tate (Kikobian Books, 2013)
This month we have a remarkable little memoir from Annie Dodds, describing her intense, painful, and ultimately empowering experience of not only losing her husband, but then—following her longstanding dream to simplify her life—moving back to the land.
As her synopsis on Amazon says:
Annie Dodds was forced to sell almost everything to settle his estate.
Homeless, with little money, she wondered if it might be time to pursue a decades-old dream of living a quiet, self-sufficient life alone, off-grid. One day, when her son told her he knew of an old house on fifty acres, she knew it was time.
Feeling empowered and prepared by having read so much over the years, she loaded her belongings into the back of her pickup truck. But as she pulled into the driveway that first day, she could not imagine the challenges she would face, the obstacles she would overcome, the self-doubts she would master, and the soul-strengthening peace and contentment she would find living in a rundown old home on fifty acres of country heaven.
Seemingly in line with her own ethic of self-reliance, this gem of a book is self-published without the usual ring of nationally-known media reviews. However, when one scrolls through reader reviews, it’s clear that Ms. Dodds has tapped a real and deep core of truth. Readers are enchanted, inspired, and deeply taken by Dodds’ story. In particular, Dodds describes going through the transformative experience of confronting “The End of the World as We Know It”—in herself and more than once. That experience ultimately revealed to her the things that matter most in life.
As we confront the rising specter of climate change and what it will mean for us and the rest of the planet, such stories become vital tools of healing, hope, and action. Please join us to discuss A Widow’s Walk Off-Grid to Self-Reliance by Annie Dodds (Mason Marshall Press, 2014) on Sunday, October 30, from 6-7:30 pm (note the post Fall Equinox time shift!) at the Moscow Food Co-op.
Remember to email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive email reminders about the Good Food Book Club. A Widow’s Walk is available through your local library. If you are interested in buying the book, check out the area’s local used bookstores or visit BookPeople of Moscow, where Book Club members receive a discount. For more information about the Good Food Book Club, check out the Outreach section of the Co-op website at www.moscowfood.coop.