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Mardi Jo Link



The little gems of understanding always seem to come with that smile. As the grocery budget begins to run out long before it should, Link and her sons start to think of new ways of eating. Roadkill, for instance, seems a distinct possibility. When they hit a wild turkey, they look for the carcass. They can win the prize of a year's supply of bread with the giant zucchini that grows almost unbidden from old horse manure. Link says she was "the tree-hugging, agnostic nature lover" but has been transformed: "Now I look at nature in a brand-new way--as something to eat." It's the smile behind those grains of understanding that keeps Bootstrapper grounded in a space safe from the dullness of platitude. And that sense of humor makes it so much easier to celebrate her success.

Link reads at Nicola's Books on June 17.    (end of article)

[Originally published in June, 2013.]


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