Deep in the Green: An Exploration of Country Pleasures [NOOK Book]

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As gardening columnist for The New York Times, Anne Raver is one of our foremost authorities on making things grow. Even non-gardeners will find this book of essays a source of profound pleasure, for Raver is a writer who transcends her subject even as she illuminates it, writing with such passion, wisdom and stylishmess that her book will enchant anyone who reads it.

From the widely admired garden columnmist for The New York Times--a first gathering of essays. Raver...

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Deep in the Green: An Exploration of Country Pleasures

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Overview

As gardening columnist for The New York Times, Anne Raver is one of our foremost authorities on making things grow. Even non-gardeners will find this book of essays a source of profound pleasure, for Raver is a writer who transcends her subject even as she illuminates it, writing with such passion, wisdom and stylishmess that her book will enchant anyone who reads it.

From the widely admired garden columnmist for The New York Times--a first gathering of essays. Raver eulogizes the great trees that were once home to the gods. She celebrates the art of lawn mowing. She gives us the lowdown on crickets. She gives us, all in all, 58 marvelous evocations of country pleasures. 15 drawings.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
She may have dirt under her fingernails, but New York Times gardening columnist Raver writes with the pen of an angel. In prose marked by eloquence, humor and generosity of spirit, she opens her garden-and her heart-and invites readers to share her enthusiasms and knowledge. The 58 essays here, her first collection, cover such subjects as earthworms, cricket manure and Latin nomenclature; push mowers and the virtues of humble peas (whose habit of enriching the soil with nitrogen makes them "like the perfect house guests-who always leave gifts after their stay''). Often hilarious, as in the discourse on an unguent created for cows' udders that doubles handily as a face cream, her reflections become poignant when matters of the garden lead to musings on such larger life issues as a parent's aging or the loss of a beloved pet. Although Raver's garden writing is both informed and practical, it's her glorious digressions that readers will most relish-her passion for the obsession called gardening-and the opportunity to visit over the back fence with a kindred spirit. (May)
Library Journal
In this collection of brief essays on nature, life, and occasionally gardening, the garden columnist of the New York Times ranges widely, musing on the life of the sea turtle and the dangers of chemical pest control, how weeding the vegetable patch can lead to planning a rose arbor, and the satisfaction of mowing a lawn with a hand mower. Many essays are autobiographical, ranging in setting from Long Island to Brooklyn to the family farm in Maryland as Raver explores the challenge of gardening wherever she lives with her dog, Molly, and her cat, Mrs. Grey. Raver is at her best when she describes how, against her principles, she used chemical sprays on her father's roses in order to bring blooms to his hospital bedside. For all whose minds roam while they are on their knees in the garden.-Molly Newling, Piscataway P.L., N.J.
Alice Joyce
Raver's gardening column in the New York Times rarely fails to delight, often stimulating thoughtful musings. Now an entire volume of essays provides just cause for enthusiastic admirers to curl up and while away the time, reveling in Raver's offbeat reflections. In reality, many of her ideas are of a surprisingly ontological nature. This garden writer has a genius for homing in on small, quiet moments imbued with great meaning, such as those times shared with family members or a cherished pet. And when Raver is talking garden talk, it is often impossible not to laugh out loud. Other "type A" gardeners (and there are great numbers of them these days) will chuckle with recognition as she describes waking in the middle of the night in a panic about not yet having started her leek seedlings. An indispensable selection for gardening collections.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307828408
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/5/2012
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 300
  • File size: 4 MB

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