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Farm city : the education of an urban farmer
Novella Carpenter
Adult Nonfiction S494.5.U72 C37 2009

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From Publishers' Weekly:

This upbeat account of raising poultry, rabbits, pigs and bees in the middle of a rundown neighborhood in Oakland, Calif., will make listeners either run out to reclaim some vacant lots or cringe at the thought that they might one day live next door to and downwind from such a menagerie. Karen White vividly individualizes the colorful locals, including Bobby (who lives in abandoned cars), the Buddhist monks across the way, the skeptical neighbors, the Chinese landlord and the random foragers who help themselves to Carpenter's bounty. Narrated with cheerful verve, White's performance will charm even those readers without the slightest inclination to get up close and personal with their future meals. A Penguin Press hardcover (Reviews, Apr. 20). (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Freelance journalist Carpenter tells the remarkable story of how she turned a vacant lot in inner-city Oakland into a thriving farm. Actress/narrator Karen White (Too Good To Be True: The Rise and Fall of Bernie Madoff) gives a self-possessed, well-paced, and expressive reading; her pronunciations of such tricky terms as "cream of Saskatchewan watermelon" and "bougainvillea" are flawless. The story flows smoothly, and this audio's high production quality further makes this a joyful listening experience. For nature lovers and urbanites of all ages. [The Penguin hc, published in June, was an Oprah's Book Club summer pick.-Ed.]-Laurie Selwyn, formerly with Grayson Cty. Law Lib., Sherman, TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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