With warmer weather and vacation on the horizon, it’s time to start building your summer reading list. These informative and thoughtful reads come highly recommended by our staff. Find these titles and more in our Housewares department.

Grain By Grain: A Quest to Revive Ancient Wheat, Rural Jobs, and Healthy Food

by Bob Quinn and Liz Carlisle

In Grain by Grain: A Quest to Revive Ancient Wheat, Rural Jobs, and Healthy Food, you’ll hear the story of this straight-shooting “green economy cowboy” in his own words—following Bob from the farm fields of Montana to Italian university research labs where he discovered the health benefits of ancient wheat. With his coauthor Liz Carlisle, author of the award-winning Lentil Underground, Bob shares the practical wisdom he has learned from a lifetime of farming, from the day he stopped trying to grow food “on the cheap,” to his work creating renewable energy in Montana on his farm. Ultimately, Bob’s forays with organics turned into a multimillion-dollar heirloom grain company, Kamut International. He discovered that through time tested practices like cover cropping and crop rotation, he could produce high quality and successful yields.

In a time of divisive politics and entrenched viewpoints, Bob’s story proves that what we have in common is more powerful than what sets us apart. He shows that red America can be leaders in sustainability, that organic farming can revive rural jobs, and that together we can chart a healthier agricultural future.

What’s Making Our Children Sick? How Industrial Food Is Causing an Epidemic of Chronic Illness, and What Parents (and Doctors) Can Do About It

by Michelle Perro and Vincanne Adams 

With chronic disorders among American children reaching epidemic levels, hundreds of thousands of parents are desperately seeking solutions to their children’s declining health, often with little medical guidance from the experts. California-based pediatrician Michelle Perro, MD has spent the past 20 years treating children with complex health problems and has earned a reputation for some remarkable successes. Together with medical anthropologist Vincanne Adams Ph.D., she’s written a book, What’s Making Our Children Sick?  Using patient accounts of their clinical experiences, as well as new medical insights about chronic pediatric disorders, this book connects the dots to explain our kids’ ailing health, and convincingly explains how agrochemical industrial production and genetic modification of foods is a culprit in this epidemic.

GMO Myths and Truths

by John Fagan, Michael Antoniou, and Claire Robinson

Some would have us believe that the case against genetically modified (GM) crops and foods is based on emotion, not science, and that to oppose GM crop and food technology is to be anti-science. The same people claim that GM crops offer higher yields and better nutrition, that they are safe for health and the environment, that they reduce agrochemical use, and that they are needed to feed the world’s growing population. This book, coauthored by two genetic engineers and a writer/researcher, exposes these claims as false, using scientific and other documented evidence. GMO Myths and Truths summarizes the facts on the safety and efficacy of GM crops and foods in terms that are accessible to the non-scientist but still relevant to scientists, policymakers and educators.