“And I Shall Have Some Peace There” Book Review
Summary: If you’re in the middle part of your life, busy with career, but looking towards the next step of semi-retirement, and you’re an avid gardener, even if only on weekends….and you’ve ever dreamed of jumping off the hard driving career track and escaping into the world of gardening, this book will grab you from the opening paragraph: “She of nobody else’s bidding: That is who I am now-someone who has not done what anyone else said since July 2008…I celebrate with a long-overdue vigil for myself, a one-woman sit-in in the woods.”
Genre: Garden Memoirs
Title: And I Shall Have Some Peace There: Trading in the Fast Lane for My Own Dirt Road
Author: Margaret Roach
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Date of Publishing: 2011
Pages: 266 including short reading guide for groups
Content: Margaret Roach takes you on her personal journey as she chooses to leave a comfortable life and career in NYC as the editorial director at Martha Stewarts Living Omnimedia company. She uproots herself and moves to her weekend home in upstate New York. Over the next few years she struggles with being alone, how to fill her time, and how to take control over the property on the edge of the woods. Margaret takes the reader on the journey with her. You will smile as she describes the lessons she learns throughout the changing seasons on her property, and the love and respect for her new world and garden grow. The detailed descriptions of the other residents of the garden who come and go, including the semi-wild cat named Jack that adopts her. This book was a joy to read, both for her stories, observations, but also her intense descriptions and appreciation for the garden out the door of her country home. The love of nature shines clearly through her trials and tribulations. A great gift book for any gardener who also loves to read. If you’re at the age where you hanker to run away and find yourself again, this will be a perfect book to savor over a cup of tea.
Photos: Simple black and white at beginning of each chapter.
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