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Heirlooms: Letters from a Peach Farmer (Great Valley Books) Hardcover – October 1, 2007

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''Mas Masumoto's honest and poetic voice informs the reader gently but emphatically about the values we need to create a sustainable society.''--Alice Waters, executive chef and owner, Chez Panisse

''Masumoto's books reach for truths that transcend the orchard--the honesty of a really good peach that doesn't promise more with its looks than it will deliver on that first bite, the value of a thirty-eight-year-old tree that doesn't produce as much anymore but bears the best-tasting fruit.'' --Julianna Barbassa, Associated Press

About the Author

David Mas Masumoto grows organic peaches and grapes on his family farm in Del Rey, California. He is the author of Harvest Son, Epitaph for a Peach, Four Seasons in Five Senses, Letters to the Valley: A Harvest of Memories, and Heirlooms: Letters from a Peach Farmer. An active proponent of organic farming, Masumoto has won numerous literary awards. He is also active in foundation work and in the cultural life of California and beyond.

Doug Hansen was born in Fresno, California, and is the eldest of six children in an artistic family. Doug has worked as a Fresno Bee newsroom artist, freelance illustrator, and cartoonist, and he illustrated David Mas Masumoto's books Letters to the Valley: A Harvest of Memories and Heirlooms: Letters from a Peach Farmer, as well as Mother Goose in California. He teaches rendering and illustration at his alma mater, California State University, Fresno.

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Product Details

  • Series: Great Valley Books
  • Hardcover: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Heyday (October 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597140643
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597140645
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.8 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #824,799 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This isn't the first book I've read by Masumoto, and hopefully not the last. He is a real farmer who understands something which has been lacking in our lives lately: the long view of life means we must be patient and caring every single day in order to grow the kind of life for ourselves and our children that creates the better society we all long to see. The instant "bottom line" results mantra which permeates our business and society view has not been for our overall benefit, and David Masumoto points this out in the most thoughtful, real, and deep way possible - he grows peaches, and thereby, his family, and a real life. Peaches sent my husband's family to Stanford, but then the market went bust. Prunes, almonds and walnuts have done the same for the next generation, but each day every acre is walked and examined. Every tree is touched and evaluated, and that is how your food is cared for, every day by real farmers. Masumoto's letters explain that, and why it is important for all facets of good food and good lives. A farmer's life is neither slow nor easy, and my hat is off to someone who exhibits all of the finest qualities necessary to grow food, and can convey it in a lyrical, almost poetic manner. Five stars are not enough. Eat a peach while you're reading it and make a positive contribution back.
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I just recently (in the past couple of months) began reading Mas' works, starting with Harvest Son: Planting Roots in American Soil. I have been so captivated by his experiences that I finished five books (Epitaph for a Peach: Four Seasons on My Family Farm, Letters to the Valley: A Harvest of Memories (Great Valley Book), Four Seasons in Five Senses: Things Worth Savoring and now Heirlooms) without a break.

Heirlooms is a continuation of Letters written for his column in the Fresno Bee and, to me, goes beyond "Letters". Mas is a great storyteller; weaving stories of the connections among all of us and our past and present, sometimes starting with a description of a simple object or event. In his letters, Mas shows more of other facets of his experience. For example, writing about the importance of education (or at least aspirations) and land development and property rights.

It is another in the fine series of works by Mas Masumoto that I cannot more highly recommend. I eagerly await publication of his next work, Wisdom of the Last Farmer: Harvesting Legacies from the Land, which is due in August.
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Another from the heart group of writings from David Masumoto. If you've ever been on farm or in a small town, these "letters" will really hit home. If you've read his other books, you will want to get this one.
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By Marion on November 28, 2014
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Beautiful book, looks new. Arrived soon after order . Like that !
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