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My book goes on sale TODAY! I am so incredibly excited to share it with all of you.

I hope that, if you read it, you'll find nuggets of beauty and glimmers of hope in it. I hope it will inspire you to think more deeply about your life rhythms, the food on your table, and the health of your place.

And in the everyday monotony that so often besets us as humans, I pray this book will encourage you, and remind you that the health of our world is built on quiet actions and hidden lives.
Buy it via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Bookshop, Apple Books, or Audible.
I signed a whole bunch of bookplates, and I would love to share them with you! It's hard not getting to do as many in-person events right now. But I'd love to do this as a thank you — both for reading Granola, and for buying the book.

If you'd like to participate:

1) Share a picture of your copy of Uprooted on Twitter or Instagram and tag me,

OR ...

2) Email me a picture of your copy of Uprooted, along with your mailing address.

I'll have Sentinel Books send you a bookplate!
If you're interested in reading Uprooted with others,
I have a reading group guide to share with you!



Download it here.


 
Sample questions from the guide:
  • What values are most important to your community?
     
  • If you have moved away from where you grew up, are the values that define your new home different from the values of your roots?
     
  • Do you find joy in creation and beauty? Did you learn how to enjoy creation as a child or an adult?
     
  • If you are a parent, how do you help your children cultivate a love of natural beauty?
When I started writing Uprooted, I struggled a lot with anxiety.

I felt completely insufficient—not smart enough, not experienced enough, not eloquent enough—to do justice to my subject matter. I worried I might fail. 

I remember sitting in my parents' house, holding my baby girl with one arm, telling my mother how crippling my Impostor's Syndrome was becoming. 

She smiled and told me, "It doesn't have to be perfect to add value."

I soon learned that she was right. Putting aside all the potential for failure, I had a story I wanted to tell. There were people and places I wanted to praise and elevate through my words. All the work and wisdom of my forebears had inspired me to this project. And even if it was imperfect, it could still add value.

If you have also struggled with Impostor's Syndrome, with the realization that you cannot do everything perfectly (or even as well as someone else might), know that you are not alone. But there is still worth in your work! I am cheering for you, to keep going despite your fears. (And if you ever want to talk about these struggles, please feel free to email me.) 
I grew up in rural Idaho, and now live in Northern Virginia. I have written for The American Conservative, The Week, New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, The Weekly Standard, and others. To quote C.S. Lewis, "You'll never find a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me."
 
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