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“By turns edgy, moving, and hilarious.”—Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore's Dilemma and In Defense of Food

AN UNFORGETTABLY charming memoir, Farm City is full of hilarious moments, fascinating farmer's tips, and a great deal of heart. When Novella Carpenter—captivated by the idea of backyard self-sufficiency—moved to inner city Oakland and discovered a weed-choked, garbage-strewn abandoned lot next door to her house, she closed her eyes and pictured heirloom tomatoes and a chicken coop. The story of how her urban farm grew from a few chickens to one populated with turkeys, geese, rabbits, ducks, and two three-hundred-pound pigs will capture the imagination of anyone who has ever considered leaving the city behind for a more natural lifestyle.


One Book One Marin Selection Process

Since its inception, One Book One Marin has opened the annual selection process to its committee members - attempting to cast a wide net to garner opinions and thought from as many community representatives as possible. The committee, comprised of one representative from each local library and community partner, has adapted the following criteria for the book selection:


The book raises issues which are worthy of discussion and are of interest to a wide variety of Marin County Residents

2. The book is readily available in paperback and in English
3. The book will be carried in Spanish, if available

To date, the committee has chosen books by authors who live in the Bay Area and have generously shared their time, speaking at two or more events. It is the committee's hope to chose authors who will continue to be generous with their time for One Book One Marin.

One Book One Marin wishes to raise library awareness and utilization and to build community through the act of reading a common book. Submissions for consideration are appreciated, as the selection process begins in the Spring of each year, with the official announcement of the title and author to be released in December.