Siesta Lane: A Cabin, No Running Water, and a Year Living Green

Siesta Lane A Cabin No Running Water and a Year Living Green A poet at heart Amy Minato rejects her life of consumption in Chicago to go back to nature specifically to a commune in Oregon where she rediscovers herself She also copes occasionally to the prete

  • Title: Siesta Lane: A Cabin, No Running Water, and a Year Living Green
  • Author: Amy Minato
  • ISBN: 2940000925775
  • Page: 415
  • Format: Nook
  • A poet at heart, Amy Minato rejects her life of consumption in Chicago to go back to nature specifically, to a commune in Oregon, where she rediscovers herself She also copes occasionally to the pretentiousness of her mission, and laughs along with the reader at her attempts to be both environmentally friendly and sane, considering the fact that she s moved in with a buncA poet at heart, Amy Minato rejects her life of consumption in Chicago to go back to nature specifically, to a commune in Oregon, where she rediscovers herself She also copes occasionally to the pretentiousness of her mission, and laughs along with the reader at her attempts to be both environmentally friendly and sane, considering the fact that she s moved in with a bunch of strangers in a remote locale Jan Muir, a relative of the great environmentalist John Muir, lends her beautiful black and white illustrations to the book Written with a grace and clarity of vision reminiscent of Annie Dillard s prose, Siesta Lane is both a practical case study in living green, and the heartwarming story of a modern idealist who dives head first into the fray and discovers just what it takes to live a year unplugged This is a must read for armchair adventurers and a perfect, engaging primer for anyone who wants to stride confidently into the new, environmentally conscious twenty first century.

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    1. I spotted this book displayed prominently at the library. I typically place library books on hold and have my hubby pick them up for me actually visiting the library is always a rare treat. I often end up discovering books I would not have found otherwise. Inevitably, I take a stack of books to a computer and log onto to determine whether they are worth my time.Siesta Lane was one of my good finds from last weekend.I loved this little gem of a book. Someone on described it as Walden if it had [...]

    2. A poet at heart, Amy Minato rejects her life of consumption in Chicago to go back to nature-specifically, to a commune in Oregon, where she rediscovers herself.

    3. Siesta LaneSiesta Lane: One Cabin, No Running Water, and a Year Living Green. Amy Minato (2009). Skyhorse Publishing: New York.“There is no substitute for direct experience, for sun on our face and soil in our boots. We need to risk a genuine, daily relationship with place. The only remedy is to take that precarious step outside.”In an attempt to lessen her impact on the environment, Minato decides to slow down and live the quiet life in Oregon. Using her lyrical skills, the poet (The Wider [...]

    4. I found this book mildly interesting. The author left busy Chicago and settled into one of eight cabins on a piece of property in Oregon. She had no electricity or running water and the group shared meals in a "main house." Life slowed down and Amy Minato was able to get back in touch with herself and the land. I loved some of her observations, particularly one on the abundance of choices in modern life. She finds herself overwhelmed in a grocery store in Eugene and says, "I had always believed [...]

    5. nice read. I loved the pictures included in Siesta Lane.A Cabin,No Running Water, and a year Living Green. I won this book as a GOOD READS FIRST READS WINNER. I enjoyed reading about Amy Minato's year. living in a small cabin with no water. in a rustic area in Oregon. she was one of about eight small cabins and one common house. she lived there for one yearving off the fat of the land with few modern conveniences. oh how peaceful that sounds. makes a reader envious. wishing i could spend even a [...]

    6. I won this book as an Advanced Read through Good Reads program and I will read it again and again!The story is one that many dream about - leaving behind the big city for a simpler life. I personally couldn't do it but in reading this book - I got the sense of peace and connectivity with the land and escaped from the real world for just a bit. The writing was lyrical and beautiful and evoked emotions of all sorts. I will read this book in parts and pieces when I want to go to the woods but am un [...]

    7. Daughter won this one in a giveaway. She told me it was too "hippie" for her and gave it to me, one who lived when there really were hippies. While I agree with the concepts and the lessons therein, it was a little too juvenile for me. Sort of like a journal you kept in college while much of life is new. It reads as a series of entries, complete with some drawings, some photographs, and some poems. I enjoyed the nature descriptions, but that is about it. If it had come out years ago it would ha [...]

    8. I loved this book!!!In reality this book should NOT take anyone very long to read. It's really a quick easy book. I found that when I took it slow though, it was a very relaxing book.Amy's year living on Siesta Lane was a great experience for her and a great one for me as I read it. As I was reading I thought of all the friends that the people she wrote about reminded me of. I thought about all of my friends that would LOVE to live she way that she did.I am bad at reviews because I don't want to [...]

    9. I loved this book. It was great. A beautiful description of how a woman really gets in touch with herself and the world around her. The pictures were great, I only wish that there were more in the book.The poetry in the book was really thought provoking. The author has a wonderful descriptive writing style. I would recommend this book highly for anyone who feels they are overwhelmed by the world we live in today. It is a step out of the normal day to day routine. I found it very relaxing.

    10. I won this in a giveaway, I guess it just wasn't what I was expecting. Heavy on the poetry and more of a series of short stories than an actual novel. The story doesn't really seem to go anywhere.

    11. A variety of short stories - most of which are two-to-three pages - about living without many modern conveniences. The strongest point of the book is its use of language about nature.

    12. An interesting read with a mix of prose and short snippets of daily life the author experienced while living off reservation.

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