Customer Reviews for

The Blueberry Years: A Memoir of Farm and Family

Average Rating 4.5
( 5 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing 1 review with 4 star rating   See All Ratings
Page 1 of 1
  • Posted August 30, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    I Also Recommend:

    Jim Minick bleeds blue!

    After reading Jim's book, I'm left craving fresh blueberries and sadly they are out of season now! This book is an energetic tromp through ten years of creating a blueberry farm from a backwoods place that I would love to visit. The field stared as a dense mass of bull pines and finished under Jim and Sarah's hands as blueberry heaven for their pickers. This book reminds me much of the Kingsolver/Hopps book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. I'm struck by the hard work it takes for the American farmer to bring us our food and saddened by our lack of appreciation for that hard work when we succumb to buying produce grown halfway around the world!
    Through the hard work and triumph of getting the farm established, there still runs a sentiment of loneliness and longing -- a longing for cultivating his art of writing, a longing for the land, and a longing to continue life's journey wandering toward satisfying endeavors. I appreciate Jim's attitude toward children, sustainability and the desire for creative endeavors. His writing style is makes me feel as if I'm sitting on the front porch with a glass of tea enjoying a summer evening and his occasional disclosure of life's less than pleasant moments add a humorous honesty to his story. He structures his memoir in a way that keeps the reader going wondering what triumph or calamity might happen next and pushing them toward the end to see what really happens with that blueberry field but more importantly what will Jim and Sarah do next and do they ever have the chance to own that perfect piece of land they visited in Wythe county.
    This book is highly recommended to any who can appreciate the struggles to realize a dream, for anyone who has been raised in the country (and knows how hard it is), currently lives in the country or someday wants to return to the country. If you are into sustainability, ecological responsibility, being green or being a locavore, then don't miss this one.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing 1 review with 4 star rating   See All Ratings
Page 1 of 1