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Kootenay Co-op invites you to join our FREE community book club! Each month, a local personality will lead the discussion on their chosen book at the Nelson Public Library. You can find the books at the library, Otter Books, on your friend’s bookshelf, or as an audiobook from the library or audible.com. You can sign up to save your spot in the form below or at Customer Service once registration for the session opens, on the 1st of the prior month. Check out the rest of the books on the Book Club Page and share your thoughts on the Facebook Event.
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Ruth Ozeki’s All Over Creation will draw you in to a wonderful, intriguing and very real cast of characters – many of whom could easily be seen walking down the streets of any West Kootenay town. The story revolves around three generations on a large potato farm in Idaho. Yumi, the main character, is the mixed race daughter of the largest potato grower in the county, Lloyd Fuller, and Momoko, his Japanese bride. Yumi has been away from the farm for 25 years, following a tumultuous adolescence. In and amongst the resolution of challenging family dynamics, Ozeki also delves into the complexities and repercussions of monocultures and genetically engineered crops. The cast of characters includes a band of idealistic young adults who arrive in the county and become embroiled in the family, the happenings on the farm, Momoko’s heritage seed business, and the community – all the while moonlighting as anti-GE activists in a farming community dominated by GE potato production. Barbara Kingsolver describes the book as opening “wider with every plot twist as it moves from tenderness to comedy to sobering truth and the whole world in the eye of one family’s storm.” Michael Pollan writes that “Ruth Ozeki is bent on taking the novel into corners of American culture no one else has thought to look…The result is a smart and compelling novel about a world we don’t realize we live in.” I love how this brilliant book unites a great story with nuanced food politics.