With so many people I know reading Barbara Kingsolver's Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, (one friend simply calls it "The Book"), my own love of the subject matter, and my propensity to buy almost any book that's even vaguely interesting, you might have assumed that I had purchased it some time ago. Unfortunately, the book came out while I was just starting (and therefore highly committed to) my "buy nothing new year" and I was determined to borrow it from a friend or the library. Well, I was on the wait list, twice at the library. First time I was 238th in line and waited a few months for it, then couldn't get to the library within the requisite week to pick it up when it was finally my turn. I put in on hold again, this time landing 524th in line. That time, my turn came up a week or two before Christmas. Clearly there was no chance I would finish the book in three weeks, so I let that one go as well.
Having given up on the library route, I asked my friend about borrowing her copy. She was willing to lend it to me, but with the caveat that I keep her first edition copy, signed by Kingsolver, her husband, and daughter (!!!) in good condition. I could not bear to take on the responsibility. I am careful with books. My children are generally careful with books, but I still couldn't take the chance of damaging such a treasure.
So, finally, last night I went to Broadway Books and paid FULL retail for The Book. I haven't begun devouring it, but I know once I start I won't be able to put it down. I am hoping it will provide me with lots of inspiration as we get our garden back in full production for the first time in years. I'll be sharing my thoughts on it soon.