Five Stars for Gaining Ground

10-26 Gaining Ground coverFirst, I just heard about this book yesterday. Second, I have not read it. So, how can I list it as one of my five-star reads? By a bit of slight of hand—magic, if you will.

It’s somebody’s five star read. In fact, it has way over 200 reviews on Amazon with an average of 4.9 stars.

So, how did I come to choose it? How did I hear about it? My good old local newspaper. Seems the book was the pick of patrons of 80 libraries in six counties in my part of Pennsylvania as the book to read for One Book: One Community.

Sounds like an excellent pick. The book blurb is: “One fateful day in 1996, after discovering that five freight cars’ worth of glittering corn have reaped a tiny profit of $18.16, young Forrest Pritchard vows to save his family’s farm. What ensues–through hilarious encounters with all manner of livestock and colorful local characters–is a crash course in sustainable agriculture. Pritchard’s biggest ally is his renegade father, who initially questions his son’s career choice and rejects organic foods for sugary mainstream fare. But just when the farm starts to turn heads at local farmers’ markets, his father’s health takes a turn for the worse. With poetry and humor, this inspiring memoir tugs on the heartstrings and feeds the soul long after the last page is turned.”

The book will be available in all the libraries, preparing for the early 2016 events. Does your local bookstore carry this book? Probably. It’s also available by order from Amazon and Barnes and Nobel. Considering the complete title: Gaining Ground: A Story Of Farmers’ Markets, Local Food, And Saving The Family Farm, sounds like a winner to me.


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