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Book club to read Kingsolver's 'Animal, Vegetable, Miracle'

If you asked most Americans where their food comes from, they'd probably answer "the grocery store." Ultimately, that is the correct answer, but most items travel a long way - more than 1,500 miles - to get there.

In her latest book, Barbara Kingsolver and her family describe what happens when they decide to forgo faraway foods and focus on eating locally.

"Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life" (HarperCollins, $26.95) follows Kingsolver, her husband and her two daughters in their year-long effort to dramatically change their diets. They grow some of what they consume on their Virginia farm and depend on other neighborhood farmers for the rest.

The book combines personal stories of Kingsolver's family with facts about the way food is produced and consumed in both the United States and around the world.

The nonfiction work includes informational sidebars written by Steven L. Hopp, who is Kingsolver's husband, and personal essays by Camille Kingsolver, the author's oldest daughter.

The Gwinnett Daily Post Book Club will discuss "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle" at its meeting on June 28 at the Collins Hill branch of the Gwinnett County Public Library in Lawrenceville.

- By staff writer

Rachael Mason

If you go

•What: Gwinnett Daily Post Book Club discusses "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle"

•When: 7 p.m. June 28

•Where: The meeting room at the Collins Hill Library, located at 455 Camp Perrin Road in Lawrenceville.

•Cost: The meeting is free. The book is available for $26.95.

•Info: Call Rachael Mason 770-963-9205, ext. 1324.