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Holy Roller Review in Texas Monthly

The good reviews keep rollin’ in for Diane Wilson’s irreverent, off-the-wall memoir of growing up in the shrimping town of Seadrift, Texas, in a family of snake-handling, demon-exorcising Holy Rollers.

Take it away, Texas Monthly:

Life has taken some interesting turns for Diane Wilson, whose metamorphosis from shrimp boat captain to environmental activist was documented in Texas Gold, a multiple-award-winning documentary based on An Unreasonable Woman, her 2005 memoir. Holy Roller: Growing Up in the Church of Knock Down, Drag Out; or, How I Quit Loving a Blue-Eyed Jesus is her irreverent take on the Pentecostal womenfolk and shrimp-fishing menfolk who raised her and their very different perspectives on life in tiny Seadrift, on the Texas Gulf Coast: By night Grandpa Chief would drag nine-year-old Diane out on clandestine boat runs while by day Aunt Silver would exorcise the demon of Anthony Perkins (yes, the actor) from her body. Wilson writes like a correspondent bemused by the strange goings-on in a foreign land, and Holy Roller is the salt-sprayed Rosetta stone that helps her readers understand.

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Charles and Perrine Hervé-Gruyer’s Le Ferme du Bec Hellouin is a celebrated model of innovative, ecological agriculture in Europe, connected to national and international organizations addressing food security, heralded by celebrity chefs as well as the Slow Food movement, and featured in the inspiring César and COLCOA award-winning documentary film, Demain (Tomorrow).In this excerpt from their […] Read More

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“In the last one hundred years, 94 percent of seed varieties available at the turn of the century in America and considered a part of the human commons have been lost.”That’s one of the key takeaways in award-winning author and activist Janisse Ray’s book, The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food. In her book, Ray […] Read More
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