I plan to start writing book reviews in this space shortly. If you’ve read any good books about nature, or sustainable living and gardening, drop me an email and I’ll review it. In the next few weeks, I’m planning to review Richard Louv’s Last Child in the Woods, Michael Pollan’s The Botany of Desire, Noah’s Garden by Sarah Stein, and Cradle to Cradle by William McDonough & Michael Braungart. In the meantime, Tom Philpott at Grist wrote a couple of good book reviews — Fields of Plenty: A Farmer’s Journey in Search of Real Food and the People Who Grow It by Michael Ableman (damn! I wish I had written this book!), and Hungry Planet by Faith D’Aluisio and Peter Menzel.
In a previous post I wrote that the leaves of rhododendrons curl up when it gets really cold because they are closing up around their stoma to conserve water. I included a lame pic I grabbed off the Internet but here’s a picture of the real rhody in my backyard, suffering in the Nor’easter that has so far dumped about 16 inches of snow on us. Isn’t it pitiful-looking?