The same year the New Oxford American Dictionary declared "locavore" its word of the year, novelist Kingsolver published an account of her family's year-long effort to eat only foods they had grown or raised themselves or purchased nearby. There are lots of books about "going back to the land" by brave writers chronicling their quest to move to the countryside and learn to love compost, etc. but Barbara Kingsolver's is among the best of the bunch. She brings a novelist's gift for narrative together with stories about raising chickens, canning tomatoes and throwing dinner parties for her neighbors. She even throws in recipes and weekly menus for inspiration.