Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman
A vacant lot in the city is transformed from a dumping ground for trash into a community garden that brings people together. Each chapter of Seedfolks is told from the point of view of a different person who is drawn to the the garden for a different reason - one to impress his girlfriend, one to recapture his childhood, one a pregnant girl who doesn't want to be there, and many others. This is a short book but filled with lots of different stories to get you thinking about what it takes to make a community. Although everyone was living in the same neighborhood, they weren't a community or even very good neighbors. Lots of meat for something so short.