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EnchantedWoodsGirl Posted - Jun 02 2006 : 7:15:58 PM
I think it would be great to have a section in one of MJ books devoted to books that a farmgirl's bookshelf cannot be without - they can be non-fiction gardening/cooking/crafting/animal husbandry and so forth. Also we can include fiction and non-fiction (memoirs) type books that appeal to the farmgirl in us. For instance, my choices would include books by Rosemary Gladstar, Euell Gibbons, Gladys Taber, Tasha Tudor, Jeanne Rose and many many more!

Kathy of the Enchanted Wood

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laisabeck Posted - Mar 17 2021 : 9:49:43 PM
I have two different sections of a bookshelf, one for the self-help genre and the other one is for fiction.
BTW, if anyone here wants Bookshelf Cabinet with Multipurpose Storage Rack Shelving Unit then use Lifease coupons to get some percentage off.
peafarm Posted - Mar 21 2010 : 6:15:33 PM
This thread is plain dangerous! Fortunately I carpool so I have lots of nonguilt time for reading and have updated my Goodreads To-Read list.

Secret Life of Bees was a major favorite when that first came out so I'm going to try West With The Night. I'm anticipating it since it is one I probably wouldn't have selected but have high hopes since she recommended Secret Life of Bees.

More recently I have read The Work of Wolves by Kent Meyers (am just about to start his new book) and The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini.

graciegreeneyes Posted - Mar 21 2010 : 08:21:58 AM
For fiction I have found any of the Sandra Dallas books and also Barabara Kingsolver to be good - Barbara Kingsolver packs so much information, even into her fiction books, you learn so much.
Amy Grace

Farmgirl #224
"use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without"
hhalleck Posted - Mar 21 2010 : 06:03:59 AM
This is an awesome thread!
Thanks for starting this! I just made myself a nice long word doc to take to the library with me next time!
I've needed a list like this, thanks so mcuh for all the great suggestions!

I just finished : Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara was AWESOME! I loved it, and I've been wanting more reads similar to this! Can't wait to try out this list!

Thanks again!

Hannah May
Farmgirl #882
Miss Giddyup Posted - Mar 10 2010 : 10:46:45 PM
Ladies!! I'm so excited to learn about all these wonderful books! I'm going to go to the library....just don't know which one to start with! I also hear that "Through the Kitchen Window" by Susan Hill is supposed to be good. Anyone read that one?

tinarie Posted - Mar 10 2010 : 6:51:02 PM
Tasha Tudor is the best! I have a collection of most of her books and a few dvd's. I also love the book I am reading now called "See you in a Hundred years". It's about a family that goes back to the year 1900 and live as if the year 1900 was today. They used nothing that wasn't invented in that time. It's a fantastic read.

...When one flower blooms,spring awakens everywhere....
- John O'Donohue

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vintagediva1 Posted - Mar 09 2010 : 07:03:52 AM
Perhaps Mary Jane could start a column with a book review in every issue

Love that good ole vintage junk
patchworkpeace Posted - Mar 09 2010 : 04:34:47 AM
Letters from a Woman Homesteader by Elinore Pruitt Stewart would fit in nicely on the bookshelf. It is a collection of letters from a woman pioneer who settled in Utah (I believe). Talk about resourceful and hardworking. The book contains adventure, romance and much more. Kind of a early nineteenth century Mary Jane.


Success is measured not by the position one reaches but by the obstacles one has to overcome to reach it. Booker T. Washington
bdhughes77 Posted - Mar 08 2010 : 11:26:53 AM
The Persian Pickle Club by Sandra Dallas is my all time favorite. It's about a group of farm girls and wives that get together to quilt. Although the end is quite surprising the majority of the book is one of those daydreamy reads where wonderful meals and desserts are made, friends get together regularly....the kind of life I've always dreamed of.

Count your blessings!
Libbie Posted - Nov 17 2007 : 3:19:45 PM
Sure thing!

XOXO, Libbie

Annika Posted - Nov 17 2007 : 10:48:18 AM
I just bought a book called Micro Eco-Farming, by Barbara Berst Adams. I haven't had time to read it yet but it does look like where I want to go, I'll report back on the book when I can

PS, Thank you Libbie!

Wishing you joy in small things and peace in your heart

Libbie Posted - Mar 21 2007 : 08:14:51 AM
I've just "discovered" two books by Gunilla Norris - "Being Home," which I've had for a little while, and "A Mystic Garden." These two have earned a place on my Farmgirl's Bookshelf because they celebrate what I mostly thought of as mundane tasks around the farm. It really IS what I see in MaryJane's farmgirl attitude - making our everyday lives more fun, beautiful, meaningful... Good Stuff!

XOXO, Libbie

"Nothing is worth more than this day." - Goethe
Luzy Posted - Jan 20 2007 : 3:42:41 PM
Hi Choctaw Mama and welcome!! Hop on over to the Welcome Wagon heading and introduce yourself there. That way most everybody will get a chance to meet ya. I'm happy you're here and can't wait to learn more about you. Are you Choctaw? I've been trying to research my Choctaw/Cherokee relatives. Anyhoo...what are your hobbies? We have a very diverse group here and our interests are varied, but oh so interesting. I'm sure you'll love it here! Hugs, Lu

May I always be the kind of person my dog thinks I am.
Choctaw Mama Posted - Jan 20 2007 : 3:13:49 PM
Hi, This is my first posting online here. But I was born a Farmgirl. I bought MaryJane's book for my daughter and we both love it and have joined up to chatt with all of you. Praise the Lord, we are not alone here on this giant marble. I am an avid reader, by MaryJane really captures you and won't let you go until you join up. (Don't drink the Water, Ha! Ha!) Choctaw Mama.

Don't forget to breathe!
Libbie Posted - Jan 08 2007 : 10:27:06 AM
I re-read "You Can Farm" by Joel Salatin - recommended by Clare - it's pretty long and involved, but WOW does that man have a system! I'd also say that this one deserves a place on the "Farmgirl's Bookshelf" if that particular farmgirl has any plans to have a farm or already has one that she wants some new ideas for. Many of them are old ideas made new again - which is just what I think we need a few more of! I'd also recommend "Keeping a Nature Journal" by Clare Walker Leslie. It is so inspirational and has some great ideas to help us get OUT and get reconnected to the natural world around us. What a great legacy to leave our kids, too!

XOXO, Libbie

"Nothing is worth more than this day." - Goethe
bohemiangel Posted - Nov 09 2006 : 08:03:20 AM
The Purpose Driven Life

"... to thine ownself be true."
Libbie Posted - Nov 08 2006 : 7:40:44 PM
Hey, thanks, Clare! I'll look for it at our library - I'm guessing I'll have to request and inter-library loan, because we're so small, but it sounds worth it -- thanks again!

XOXO, Libbie

"Nothing is worth more than this day." - Goethe
Clare Posted - Nov 08 2006 : 7:37:48 PM
Libby, I recently finished reading this book by Joel F. Salatin -- You Can Farm

It's from a rather hard-core farming angle, but it is VERY good in that it stresses money management and working with what you have now to get to what you dream of. He compares different methods of doing things and analyses why one method is more cost effective than another.

It is one perspective to consider. I found a copy at the library. It's a start!

Humor is the prelude to faith and Laughter is the beginning of prayer. -- Reinhold Niebuhr

Libbie Posted - Nov 08 2006 : 7:04:51 PM
I really think the Farmgirls Bookshelf needs to have some good books on finances/budgeting/economics/money management, etc. Do any of you have recommendations? I have read "Your Money or Your Life," and I really like that one...

XOXO, Libbie

"Nothing is worth more than this day." - Goethe
Phils Ann Posted - Nov 05 2006 : 11:10:08 AM
Rebecca, I am delighted to see "Stepping Heavenward" by Eliz. Prentiss on your list. I've read it three times...:) It's somewhat hard to find! When life's difficulties become hard to bear, I often think of what Katy would do, and am strengthened. Actually, I may start it NOW!

There is a Redeemer.
Libbie Posted - Oct 26 2006 : 8:47:36 PM
Organic Housekeeping has just found its way onto the permanent "Farmgirls Bookshelf" in my house! I was so excited to find it, and...well... she's a keeper!

XOXO, Libbie

"Nothing is worth more than this day." - Goethe
GaiasRose Posted - Sep 23 2006 : 9:16:12 PM
I am a fan of classic lit myself. I was an English Major in college and those were always my favorite courses. I am a HUGE 16th and 17th century poetry buff. I love Tennyson the best. All of those old codgers, Tennyson, Shakespeare, Herrick, etc. I love them all. Their romantic baudiness is what gets me I think....

~*~Brightest Blessings~*~
Libbie Posted - Sep 23 2006 : 8:38:45 PM
I just loved "The Secret Life of Bees!" I also really enjoyed "West With the Night," by Beryl Markham (I think if I had a daughter, I'd name her Beryl), and "Out of Africa," by Isak Dinesen - the book is wonderful, and it is still difficult for me to get the image of Denys Finch-Hatton washing Karen Blixen's hair out of my mind from the movie - which was wonderful, too!

Lisa - I've seen "Ahab's Wife" at my mother's house, and have picked it up a few times because of its interesting name and cover, but never actually brought it home to read - now I'm inspired to!

XOXO, Libbie

"Nothing is worth more than this day." - Goethe
Lovin Life Posted - Sep 23 2006 : 4:48:15 PM
I am reading Sarah's Quilt now and love it. I read These is My Words a year or two ago and was hoping there'd be a sequel!! I really admire that woman, living that sort of life. She is my idol! I started my soap business because of the first book that mentioned her soap sales in Tuscon.
I guess my favorites would include those two books, Ahab's Wife by Sena Jeter Naslund (not a farmer, but a very strong female character), An Unfinished Life, Fifty Acres and a Poodle, The Road to My Farm, The Secret Life of Bees. I have read hundreds of books, but can't remember them all!

I'd rather live my life with a "full plate" than an empty one. Life is not a rehearsal... eat up!
Libbie Posted - Sep 13 2006 : 4:42:19 PM
I know this is a topic revival, but I was just looking through my bookshelf, and I'll have to add "Chicken Tractor" by Andy Lee, "Roots, Shoots, Buckets and Boots" by Sharon Lovejoy, and the classic, "Country Women" by Jeanne Tetrault and Sherry Thomas, as well as "You Can Farm" by Joel Salatin.

XOXO, Libbie

"Nothing is worth more than this day." - Goethe

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