White River Junction, VT -- at the bus terminal-- August 30, 2007

Reading The Shipping News, by Annie Proulx, that her mother gave to her. Before this she was reading Barbara Kingsolver, who she loves, and it was hard to make the transition—the language in this book is short, staccato, jumpy. Sometimes small words like prepositions are left out. But, now that she’s made the adjustment, she’s enjoying it.

Her favorite books of all time—the Tao Te Ching, by Lao-tzu and The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver.

She splits her time between Paris and a little cabin on the Dog River, near Montpelier, where her rent is thirty-dollars a month. (This is a something I have to keep from my San Francisco friends so they don't all desert me.) Really, she said, it's just like camping.

What she loves about Vermont—the wisdom of the river and her gardening—it’s good to be connected to your food, she says. We’re so far away from it we forget it comes from the ground and not the store.

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