Barb Barton's Books
At last, Barb Barton's new collection of true-life short stories has arrived! Pulling a man from a burning car. Stealing an alligator's supper. Getting lost in the Pocono Mountains. These stories and more await the reader in true tales from the life of a Midwestern girl. Yarns that will touch your heart, keep you on the edge of your seat, remind you of home, and keep you laughing as you thumb through this snapshot of life in Michigan. Barton has skillfully woven stories of life that connect us all into a beautiful quilt you will want to wrap yourself in as you sit by the fire sipping cocoa.
""A heartwarming and enjoyable read!
What a charming and heartwarming read! You'll laugh hilariously at some of the "adventures" and your heart will be in your throat at others. Barb Barton's deep reverence for nature and all the creatures we share the world with rings true on every page. The story about being a safety patrol member made me laugh out loud! This book is written in an easily accessible, engaging style. I found the poignant stories about Grandma Barton especially heartwarming; obviously "Phydie" was a strong and loving woman who deeply influenced the writer. This book a very enjoyable read, and I heartily recommend it."
AVAILABLE JUNE 2018!
This is the first book of its kind to bring forward the rich tradition of wild rice in Michigan and its importance to the Anishinaabek people who live there. It focuses on the history, culture, biology, economics, and spirituality surrounding this sacred plant. The story travels through time from the days before European colonization and winds its way forward in and out of the logging and industrialization eras. It weaves between the worlds of the Anishinaabek and the colonizers, contrasting their different perspectives and divergent relationships with Manoomin.
"Barton brings us the untold story of one of Michigan's iconic natural resources - its cultural and historical importance, it mistreatment and demise, and the seeds of hope for its future recovery. She writes with deep reverence and careful scholarship, in a warm style that makes me want to paddle the backwaters of Michigan's rivers and lakes, searching for lost stands of this amazing grass."
--Samuel Thayer, author of The Forager's Harvest, Natures Garden, and Incredible Wild Edibles.