Blueberry fields forever … and this weekend

When I received my review copy of Jim Minick’s “The Blueberry Years: A Memoir of Farm and Family,” I have to admit that I wasn’t all that hopeful about the book. Now that I’m familiar with Jim’s writing, I won’t make that mistake again! “Blueberry Years” is a lovely, deep, sensory read about his and his wife Sarah’s experiences as organic blueberry farmers in Floyd County, Va.

Jim has many North Carolina appearances this weekend, this month and next month, at bookstores in Durham, Pittsboro, and Greensboro (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday!), then Charlotte, Asheville, Sylva, and Marshall. Details are here.

For more than a decade, Jim and Sarah planned, planted, pruned, and picked berries. Every summer they opened their fields to hundreds of people who came to pick. (The couple now live on a different farm in Virginia.) So the book is about community, too, and love and marriage and family and politics and eating. I also like the way the book is set up, with “blue interludes,” little related tangents dispersed throughout the narrative. The back of the book even contains blueberry recipes. Yep, that Jim is a thorough guy, and I’m guessing his bookstore appearances will be as compelling as his book, which costs $27.99 and is published by Thomas Dunne Books, which, btw, has an awesome wiener-dog logo (at right). But I digress, except to add that my dachshund loves blueberries!

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