Epitaph for a Peach: Four Seasons on My Family Farm

David Mas Masumoto, Author, David Mas Masumoto, Author
David Mas Masumoto, Author, David Mas Masumoto, Author HarperOne $20 (233p) ISBN 978-0-06-251024-2
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This is a peach of a book, as delectable as the Sun Crest peach Masumoto is struggling to save. It is a superior variety as to taste but has a short shelf life. The author, a third-generation farmer, gives an eloquent account of one year on his farm in the California desert. He notes that grape and tree fruit farmers are deprived of an annual rite that other farmers have--planting a new crop. Peach trees are planted every 15 to 20 years; grapevines, once in a lifetime. And, according to the author, a new planting is like having another child, requiring patience and sacrifice and a resounding optimism for the future. Masumoto's book reveals his commitment to the land and his family; it is also a cogent commentary on American agriculture. (June)
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