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Chicken Soup for the Gardener's Soul? Wait: We already have Chicken Soup for adults, kids, teens, preteens, expectant mothers, Christian families, and cat owners. Not even the Maccabees make soup last this long, right?
Not so. Chicken Soup for the Gardener's Soul is as fresh as the first Chicken Soup books, and twice as fun. It includes cartoons, anecdotes, stories, and poems -- all focused on the pleasures of dirt and petal. Some stories are fabulous; some are touching. Some feature prose of surprising prettiness, like Anirban Gupta's description his citified patch: "a dainty little thing," he writes, "about the size of ten saris stretched out to dry on a hot summer day."
The stories differ, but every piece in this happy collection reflects on the importance of playing with the earth and the significance of creating beauty. As Dan Barker remarks in his essay: "People are always asking, 'What is the purpose of life?' That's easy. Relieve suffering. Create beauty. Make gardens." Chicken Soup for the Gardener's Soul will keep you company while you do. (Jesse Gale)