Thursday, December 20, 2012

Best Reads of 2012 (12th in a series)

Here are a few of my favorite books read this year.

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle:  A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver

Imagine spending a year growing your own food and buying everything else you eat locally grown.  That is exactly what Barbara Kingsolver and her family did!  This book provides a way to break free from industrial agriculture and more.

Wheat Belly:  Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight by William Davis

A renowned cardiologist explains how eliminating wheat from our diets can prevent fat storage, shrink unsightly bulges, and reverse myriad health problems.

Where We Belong by Emily Giffin

Her carefully constructed life thrown into turmoil by the appearance of an eighteen-year-old girl with ties to her past, New York television producer Marian Caldwell is swept up in a maelstrom of personal discovery that changes both of their perceptions about family.

Julia’s Child by Sarah Pinneo

Julia Bailey is a mompreneur with too many principles and too little time. Her fledgling company, Julia's Child, makes organic toddler meals. But turning a profit while saving the world proves tricky as Julia must face a 92-pound TV diva, an ill-timed protest rally, and a room full of mom’s with screaming toddlers.

A Grown-up Kind of Pretty by Joshilyn Jackson

A saga of three generations of women, plagued by hardships and torn by a devastating secret, yet inextricably joined by the bonds of family. Fifteen-year-old Mosey Slocumb--spirited, sassy, and on the cusp of womanhood--is shaken when a small grave is unearthed in the backyard, and determined to figure out why it's there. Liza, her stroke-ravaged mother, is haunted by choices she made as a teenager. But it is Jenny, Mosey's strong and big-hearted grandmother, whose maternal love braids together the strands of the women's shared past--and who will stop at nothing to defend their future.

Those Across the River by Christopher Buehlman

Moving to rural Georgia, a failed academic plans to write a history of his family's old plantation and the horrors that occurred there but instead discovers a sense of unspoken dread among the townspeople and a long-standing debt of blood.

Mendy Gunter
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