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Posted on: May 26, 2021

Countywide “Big Read” about Eating Local

Encouraging  a strong local food economy

BISBEE, Ariz. (May 25, 2021) – The Cochise County Library District is sponsoring a countywide “Big Read” during the month of June 2021, of the book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver.

Everyone is invited to read this book, either as individuals, as a part of a book club or any other type of group. The critically acclaimed bestseller chronicles the struggles and triumphs of Kingsolver and her family as they adopt a locally produced diet.

Multiple copies of this book are available at all libraries across the county, as well as through various book sellers. Ebook and audiobook versions are also available. The library district also has book club kits available, which include multiple copies of the book and book discussion guides for those who want to read in groups.

 “We have seen a strong interest in eating local food here in Cochise County, and this book gives an in-depth look at the challenges and delights of a local diet,” says Library Director Amadee Ricketts. “Kingsolver is an engaging and passionate writer, and this book is an enjoyable read about everything related to eating local.”

The library district will host several events as a part of this “Big Read,” including a pop-up, online book discussion via Zoom on June 30, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.

This “Big Read” is a part of the Eat Local project, which is designed to increase awareness and action toward eating local food among Cochise County residents through various activities, including two countywide Big Reads, the creation of directories of local food producers and markets, new books and displays at county libraries, an online community, local events featuring expert speakers, and materials for schools and children.

There is a high demand for local food in our area, particularly since the pandemic. Eating local food has many benefits, including economic development, environmental health, food safety, community building, personal health, sustainability, and the simple pleasures of taste.

More information is available at and Media resources for the “Big Read” are available at

The Eat Local project is supported by the Arizona State Library, Archives & Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State, with funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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