Did you ever wonder what it might be like to live and garden in Hollywood, California? You can find out in writer and architecture critic Whiteson's account of how he transformed his desolate backyard into a living garden. This is not a book that discusses the horticultural requirements of plants in an arid environment. Its value comes from the author's eloquent reflections on how his garden became part of his emotional and intellectual development as he entered various stages of his life. Whiteson also shares his lifelong memories of family and others who have been forces in his life. He is comfortable with what plants do for him within his home space. It is satisfying to read about someone who finds fulfillment in garden development without a lot of concern for doing what might be considered horticulturally correct plant-growing. For larger public library collections.-Dale Luchsinger, Athens Area Technical Inst., Ga.
A writer and architecture critic decides to spruce up his Hollywood backyard while taking a break from writing a novel and discovers that the process of developing a garden is very much like the process of writing a novel, with its interrelated themes, its central focal point, and its varied subtexts. 5x7". Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)