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Our 2013 Town Wide Read!

What’s Falmouth Reading celebrates food in 2013!

The What’s Falmouth Reading Committee celebrates all things food with the selection of
Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal Vegetable, Miracle as the town-wide read for 2013.

Animal Vegetable, Miracle is the account of a family’s locavore year on their farm in
Southern Appalachia. Kingsolver and her coauthors unearth the secret lives of vegetables
and the unexpected satisfactions of knowing their food producers — and sometimes their
dinner — on a first-name basis.

The family’s year-long experience leads them through a season of planting, pulling
weeds, expanding their kitchen skills, harvesting their own animals, joining the effort to
save heritage crops from extinction, and learning the time-honored rural art of unloading
excess zucchini. Kingsolver’s narrative is enriched by husband Steven Hopp’s in-depth
reports on the science and industry of food, and daughter Camille’s youthful perspective
on cooking and food culture.

Animal Vegetable, Miracle has helped change American attitudes toward food,” said
committee chair Marsha Zafiriou. “Kingsolver makes a strong case for putting the
kitchen at the center of family life, and local farms at the center of the American diet.”

The committee currently is planning a wide range of programs to promote reading of the
book, from author talks to collaborations with local farms and restaurants to help readers
better understand the local food chain. Program details will be announced in early 2013;
additional news will be posted on the What’s Falmouth Reading link from the Falmouth
Public Library’s Web site at www.falmouthpubliclibrary.org. Facebookers also can “like”
What’s Falmouth Reading to get updates on programs as well as links to other online
resources by visiting www.facebook.com/whatsfalmouthreading. And you can also follow us on twitter @falmouthreading

Copies of Animal, Vegetable, Miracle will be available for check-out at the main library,
as well as East, North, West and Woods Hole libraries.

The committee’s first meeting of the year is the Monday, October 1 at 6p.m. in the Hermann Foundation
Meeting Room. New members are welcome. For more information, contact the reference desk
at or e-mail Marsha Zafiriou at .

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