I came by this book browsing through
my favorite used book store
and something about it caught my eye.
Perhaps it was the sub-title,
as it closely mirrors my own experience
living off the grid while we built our rustic cottage
here in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains
of Washington State.
I paid my $3.00 and hoped this would
be a book I could actually finish.
I have so many half-finished books,
cast aside due to poor writing
and drab plot lines.
One rainy evening I opened
the pages and was pleasantly surprised.
I couldn't put it down.
Siesta Lane is a delightful account of the author's
year of living off the grid in the countryside
Leaving the big city of Chicago behind
to pursue a graduate degree in creative writing,
and seeking a simpler life,
she heads west to Eugene, Oregon.
When her studies are over, her yearning
for a simpler, more natural lifestyle
leads her to Siesta Lane, where she rents
a cottage in a small community of
Living without electricity or running water,
Amy gains an appreciation for the simple
things in life - silence, fire, insects, wind,
mud, rain, and a warm bath.
Her lyrical and poetic writing makes this
the kind of book you wish would never end.
It calls upon each of us to stop and take heed
of the things we take for granted and to
pay more attention to the natural world
Amy accomplishes this task with her soul-stirring
essays describing this year-long journey.
This book was published in 2009
by Skyhorse Publishing
It has wonderful pen and ink illustrations
by Jan Muir
black and white photos
by Beth Stein