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Book Group: Dirt, A Love Story, edited by Barbara Richardson

March 3, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Dirt, A love Story, edited by Barbara Richardson

The Slow Food Russian River Book Group will be reading the book Dirt, A Love Story – 36 writers get down to earth, edited by Barbara Richardson, with a Foreword by Pam Houston (ForeEdge Books, 2015).

To prepare for the conversation please read at least one essay from each of the five sections.

To RSVP write the Book Group at Slow Food Russian River Book Group <sfrrbookgroup@gmail.com>. The book group is open to anyone who can read, loves cooking a dish, and likes a good conversation. You don’t need to be a member, although – of course – we hope that with time you will become one. Location in Sebastopol with RSVP.

The Book Group meets the first Thursday of the month, 7 – 9pm. It’s a convivial dinner. Please bring a dish for four and a beverage.


Publisher’s Blurb of Dirt, A Love Story

Thirty-six artists, scientists, and renowned writers go wild about the virtues, pleasure, and importance of dirt!

Community farms. Mud spas. Mineral paints. Nematodes. The world is waking up to the beauty and mystery of dirt. This anthology celebrates the Earth’s generous crust, bringing together essays by award-winning scientists, authors, artists, and dirt lovers to tell dirt’s exuberant tales.

Geographically broad and topically diverse, these essays reveal life as lived by dirt fanatics—admiring the first worm of spring, taking a childhood twirl across a dusty Kansas farm, calculating how soil breathes, or baking mud pies. Essayists build a dirt house, center a marriage around dirt, sink down into marshy heaven, and learn to read dirt’s own language. Scientists usher us deep underground with the worms and mycorrhizae to explore the vast and largely ignored natural processes occurring beneath our feet. Whether taking a trek to Venezuela to touch the oldest dirt in the world or reveling in the blessings of our own native soils, these muscular essays answer the important question: How do you get down with dirt?

A literary homage to dirt and its significance in our lives, this book will interest hikers, gardeners, teachers, urbanites, farmers, environmentalists, ecologists, and others intrigued by our planet’s alluring skin.

Table of Contents of Dirt, A Love Story

• Foreword: Scratching the Surface—Pam Houston
• Preface: The God of Dirt—Barbara Richardson
• My Life in Dirt—Edward Kanze, Naturalist
• The Great Beneath—Linda Hogan, Author
• Dirt Fantasies—Jana Richman, Author
• Praise to the Transformers—Janisse Ray, Author
• Glosses on Dirt—Erica Olsen, Author
• Soil Versus Dirt: A Reverie on Getting Down to Earth—Kayann Short, CSA Farmer
• Digging In—Elias Amidon, Sufi Teacher
• Dirt Princess—Julene Bair, Author
• The First Worm—John T. Price, Author
• The Language of Clay—Roxanne Swentzell, Sculptor
• Dirt: Imago Ignota—John Keeble, Author
• Mud Pies—Chris Larson, Green Architect
• Services at the Church of Dirt—Marilyn Krysl, Poet
• Dreaming in Dirt—BK Loren, Author
• Tao of Dirt—Liz Stephens, Author
• The Life of Soil—Bernd Heinrich, Biologist
• Dirt in Love—Barbara Richardson, Author
• Dirt House—Peter Heller, Author
• Sinking Down into Heaven—Jeanne Rogers, Artist and Author
• The Soil’s Breath—Tyler Volk, Biologist
• Earthmover—Lisa Knopp, Author
• Worm Herder: A Q and A With Dr. Diana H. Wall — Carrie Visintainer, Journalist
• Seeing Soils—Deborah Koons Garcia, Filmmaker
• The Next Big Thing in Soil Science—Carl Rosen, Soil Scientist
• A Badge of Honor—Tom Wessels, Terrestrial Ecologist
• Dirty Business—David R. Montgomery, Geomorphologist
• Feed Your Soil—Bob Cannard and Fred Cline, Sustainable Farmer and Vintner
• Hostile Takeovers: An Ode to Guts and Gardens—Laura Pritchett, Author
• Fight the Power—Eban Goodstein, Environmental Economist
• Born Again: Loving the Least Worst Land in Mississippi—Donald G. Schueler, Author
• Stewards of the Land—Wes Jackson, Agricultural Activist
• We Are Soil—Vandana Shiva, Soil and Seed Activist
• City Dirt—Karen Washington, Urban Farmer
• Soil Versus Oil—Kale Versus Koch—Atina Diffley, Organic Farmer
• Contributors
• Credits



By Rosemarie Howard, the Deseret News
Amazon Customer Reviews
Goodreads Reviews

Slow Food Russian River Book Group at their February 2016 session.

Slow Food Russian River Book Group at their February 2016 session.


March 3, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Slow Food Russian River Book Group


Private Home in Sebastopol
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Sebastopol, CA 95472 United States
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