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When I was a bookseller, I sold so many copies of this book and I never thought to read it until someone told me a few weeks back that since I grew up in San Jose s last orchards in the 70 s, that I might appreciate this book After reading it, I appreciated it in a different way, not because it reminded me of my youth, butbecause it reminded me of the balance of life that people try to attain in nature Reading how Masumoto looks at his orchard and the market he competes in to sell his pe When I was a bookseller, I sold so many copies of this book and I never thought to read it until someone told me a few weeks back that since I grew up in San Jose s last orchards in the 70 s, that I might appreciate this book After reading it, I appreciated it in a different way, not because it reminded me of my youth, butbecause it reminded me of the balance of life that people try to attain in nature Reading how Masumoto looks at his orchard and the market he competes in to sell his peaches, one finds that much of our lives are not in our control,but this is not say that we can t find peace in that world My favorite parts of this book were when Masumoto is simply walking around, looking at nature, thinking of the market and trying to find a balance between the two I really enjoyed his observations on being raised in a family that farmed and raising a family that farms There were just so many points that kept him grounded and walking around Epitaph for a Peach is definitely going down as one of my favorite books It reminded me of the type of people John Mcphee would write about in his journal s that depict human attempts at controlling nature, except this is a first person account, which made it muchsoulful Also, Masumoto must have had a great editor, because most of this seems to be culled from diary entries, but the way it s organized and developed strongly hint at a very good editor at work who is telling him where to expand and how to lead between segments Very good organization I heard Mas speak at the Moses conference this winter He was a wonderful heartfelt speaker, telling of his farm back in California I went immediately to the bookstore and got this little gem.Of course, I am a lifelong farmer, and thus tend in this direction already romance with land and plants and food Mas writes beautifully It s almost plain poetry sometimes I read a number of passages out loud to my lover in bed at night Just Gorgeous. Epitaph for a Peach is a memoir about David Mas Masumoto wanting to rescue a variety of peaches, his Sun Golds, that have a superior flavor and is in his estimation are the epitome of a peach Unfortunately Sun Golds are out of fashionthey are not red enough and they don t store well for fruit brokers So he has to find a home for 80 tons of his beloved peaches The book is also the story of a third generation Japanese American man who could not wait to escape the farm but ended up drawn Epitaph for a Peach is a memoir about David Mas Masumoto wanting to rescue a variety of peaches, his Sun Golds, that have a superior flavor and is in his estimation are the epitome of a peach Unfortunately Sun Golds are out of fashionthey are not red enough and they don t store well for fruit brokers So he has to find a home for 80 tons of his beloved peaches The book is also the story of a third generation Japanese American man who could not wait to escape the farm but ended up drawn back by his connection to the land, his family and his love of farming He shares his love of farming and his battle to feed a family and to make a living that depends upon the vagaries of nature.Mas s prose is beautiful and poetic He is a farmer philosopher poet and we are lucky that he shares his insights on the land, farming, family and life Reading this book has been a long time in the making Many years ago, I sat next to a friend of the author on a place to L.A It was a memorable plane ride since the skateboarder Tony Hawk was also on the plane and he was being very generous to all the passengers, signing all sorts of things My seat mate was also delightful I wish I had remembered where I kept his card he worked for the James Irvine foundation and made me a young grad student at the time feel like we could save the world Reading this book has been a long time in the making Many years ago, I sat next to a friend of the author on a place to L.A It was a memorable plane ride since the skateboarder Tony Hawk was also on the plane and he was being very generous to all the passengers, signing all sorts of things My seat mate was also delightful I wish I had remembered where I kept his card he worked for the James Irvine foundation and made me a young grad student at the time feel like we could save the world with art So, for years, I had this book in the back of my mind waiting for the right time to read it This summer I finally got to this book I savored it for the book is truly the poetry of peaches I m adding it to the list of one of my favorite books of all time It s a lyrical, thoughtful, historical, and realistic look at farming in California I cannot recommend it enough if you love nature books My students are going to be reading this book as soon as I figure out a good way to incorporate it into my syllabus A sweet, poetic kind of read, tracking a third generation Japanese farmer s year on his family peach and raisin farm in the Central Valley For all that there was a lot of repetitive descriptions of the fields and trees and bugs on the farm, I enjoyed reading it. A lovely read about farming, food and family This beautifully written book made me fall in love with the Masumoto family and reassured me that all the trials I face with growing food are just part of the normal way of it, especially when you grow organic Thank you Mas Masumoto for sharing your stories. I enjoyed this book because it helped me relax This book isn t your typical build up and climax book, Epitaph for a peach is a simple book where David Masumoto talks about is season to season work on his peach farm The author talks about everything imaginable about hid farm, from insects to pesticides, to family inheritance to politics in the farming world.I liked how he would write about his steps to do different tasks such as weeding, killing insects, talking to his neighbors and workers,and I enjoyed this book because it helped me relax This book isn t your typical build up and climax book, Epitaph for a peach is a simple book where David Masumoto talks about is season to season work on his peach farm The author talks about everything imaginable about hid farm, from insects to pesticides, to family inheritance to politics in the farming world.I liked how he would write about his steps to do different tasks such as weeding, killing insects, talking to his neighbors and workers,and most of all his harvesting steps This book isn t a guide to how to run a farm, itslike a diary where the author can reveal his sense of humor through writing what he is thinking as he is taking care of his family farm I would recommend this book to people who like to read to relax and don t need a book that is page turning or exciting, but rather one that is funny and very straight forward I have read David Mas Masumoto s occasional essays in the Sacramento Bee and have enjoyed his eloquent style and unique take on farming issues and the farm lifestyle He wrote this book in 1995 and it remains a classic due to the superb writing by a farmer who isn t afraid to show his poetic side Masumoto raises peaches and grapes on his central valley California farm, just as his father and grandfather did In this book, Masumoto is on a mission to save his Sun Crest peaches which have remarka I have read David Mas Masumoto s occasional essays in the Sacramento Bee and have enjoyed his eloquent style and unique take on farming issues and the farm lifestyle He wrote this book in 1995 and it remains a classic due to the superb writing by a farmer who isn t afraid to show his poetic side Masumoto raises peaches and grapes on his central valley California farm, just as his father and grandfather did In this book, Masumoto is on a mission to save his Sun Crest peaches which have remarkable flavor but short shelf life and unremarkable color, making them hard to sell He records the year, season by season, as he tries to use only natural insect control and cover crops instead of commercial fertilizers and pesticides This may not sound like book material, but Masumoto has so much to say about the relationship of a farmer to his land, how he knows each tree and is attached to it even though it shows the mistakes he has sometimes made in its care The Sun Crest peaches are a metaphor for a certain way of life that Masumoto values and hopes to preserve, where one lives in harmony with nature and can truly taste and enjoy its beauty and resilience I learned a great deal about the intricate art of pruning of both peach trees and grape vines, the challenges of getting a crop to market and sometimes making a profit and often not I grew up on a beef and grain farm in Minnesota and it was fascinating to see many similarities in the life on the Masumoto farm family members all pitching in to help with the work, the routine of the seasons, the need for optimism every spring, using baling wire to make quick repairs and even the junk pile that is a fixture on every farm A thoughtful and beautiful read {Download} ì Epitaph for a Peach: Four Seasons on My Family Farm Û A lyrical, sensuous and thoroughly engrossing memoir of one critical year in the life of an organic peach farmer, Epitaph for a Peach is a delightful narrativewith poetic flair and a sense of humor Library Journal Line drawings a little too navel gaze y for me gee, such a hassle to have enough inherited spousal money to run an emo peach farm and hire mexican migrants to the work that s too worklike to make you feel like thoreau but also intelligent, deeply felt, occasionally beautiful some of my stinginess probably derives from the fact that i would like to test drive the author s privilege definitely lyrical and thoughtful on the topic of economically irrational peach agriculture.