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Aug 26, Sandy D. I was a little disappointed in this gardening memoir - it wasn't as humorous as Wm. But it did have some good information on gardening in the NE the book is set in Sharon, CT , and a lot of history for someone interested in that neck of the woods. I also really enjoyed her ponderings about women and gardening and how this differs from men and their gardening pursuits. Sometimes it got a little too self-involved for m I was a little disappointed in this gardening memoir - it wasn't as humorous as Wm.

Sometimes it got a little too self-involved for me I could have done without hearing about her divorces and marital problems. It didn't seem to fit with the rest of the book, although I do understand she was trying to write about herself evolving as her garden did. Jul 13, Liz rated it it was amazing Shelves: garden-books. Feb 09, Sep rated it really liked it. A pastoral book about Ms. She discusses gardening, the weather, the affect of weather on gardening, her life in Sharon, the history of her house and how the men in her life adjusted to her garden.

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She mentions historical gardeners very interesting if you have Wikipedia handy. An elegant read. This was a very enjoyable book to read, especially given the fantastic weather this summer. Listening to birds and with all the windows open and a nice breeze, this book really fit the scene. Oct 04, Claire rated it it was ok Shelves: bios-memoirs , gardening. I liked the blend of personal experience and history but I felt like it leaned in too hard to the history.

Nov 26, hillary rated it liked it Shelves: read Aug 30, Josianne Haag rated it liked it Shelves: first-reads , non-fiction. Won in the Goodreads Giveaways. Having never read a memoir before, I didn't know what to expect. Over all I was pretty underwhelmed: the pacing of the book was really slow, there was no real direction in the story line, and she added in information that was almost boring. While I knew that this wouldn't be a action packed thriller, I did expect the story to move along at a decent speed. And the beginning was interesting as she got settled into her new house and was gearing up to creating her new g Won in the Goodreads Giveaways.

And the beginning was interesting as she got settled into her new house and was gearing up to creating her new garden. But then it quickly became obvious as we read through flashback after flashback that it wasn't going to continue that way. For a good portion of the book we got almost nothing in terms of the development of her garden and instead read about her taking her dog for a walk through the cemetery, or the history of how her house had been built and who the previous owners had been.

But I did appreciate the book for what it was: a retelling of her life and her relationship with gardening. Some of the points that she brought up during the book were interesting and I really liked her writing style. It was very poetic and it felt as though every word was picked carefully to be able to convey her thoughts the best. I really felt like I understood some of her emotions and I've had some similar experiences as well while gardening.

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May 09, Anthony Stancomb rated it really liked it. A delightful book, full of the mysteries and intricacies of living with a garden. Throughout the narrative, the author has cleverly woven in brief excerpts fro A delightful book, full of the mysteries and intricacies of living with a garden. But above all, the book comes over as an ode to the life-force behind nature and life-force behind the author herself.

The book is exquisitely written with a light humorous touch, and with a colourful yet economic use of words.

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Jan 25, Nanci rated it liked it Shelves: nonfiction. Booklist says: "Time does not stand still in a garden. Just as winter's tranquility masks the feverish underground activity of bulbs gathering fuel for spring blossoms, so, too, does a life undergo complex metamorphoses as transitions are either chosen or forced upon it. Lisle found herself at just such a turning point following her divorce and, leaving behind the hectic, sophisticated pace she enjoyed as an acclaimed journalist in Manhattan, she set out to find a simpler, more rewarding way of Booklist says: "Time does not stand still in a garden.

Lisle found herself at just such a turning point following her divorce and, leaving behind the hectic, sophisticated pace she enjoyed as an acclaimed journalist in Manhattan, she set out to find a simpler, more rewarding way of living. A historic village in rural Connecticut held just the right house and garden in which Lisle could rediscover her true essence. In this beguiling and wise memoir, Lisle recounts the lessons learned as she worked a tiny plot of land, weeding not only errant plants but also those wayward thoughts and behaviors that she once thought impossible to let go.

Lisle's cogent meditations on the rewards of working the land and nurturing the soul are elegant, eloquent reminders of the importance of listening to your inner muse. Apr 21, Kristen rated it really liked it Shelves: non-fiction. This was a spur of the moment pick from a display about gardening books in the local library.

I'm glad I picked it up. Laurie Lisle reflects on her garden, which she began to establish about 20 years before. She bought a new old house on a village green in a small Connecticut town after a painful divorce, and proceeded to transform the back yard. As she goes through other relationships, the garden is a place of escape and restoration for her. Lisle was already a published author when she began This was a spur of the moment pick from a display about gardening books in the local library.

Lisle was already a published author when she began this garden, and her desire to work the land for a time outweighs her desire to write. Interesting snippets of gardening through other writers eyes appear throughout. Many life lessons are taken through her observations about gardening. I finished this in Hawaii while there for my Mom's memorial service, so I'm sure this book will stay with me forever. Gardening was something Mom loved, and that I love as well, so it was a poignant read. Dec 21, Lucy rated it it was amazing. I adore this book. Laurie speaks in a tender and honest voice about her own experiences relocating from the city to a small town, weaving together stories of nature, gardening, and universal themes of life.

What began as a gardening journal evolved into a memoir with well developed stories and visual clarity. Her expertise as a biographer is apparent in her richly detailed research on her house, her new town, and the plants in her garden that, like life The la I adore this book. The layers of the story flow naturally, making it an enjoyable and engaging read. I recommend "Four Tenths of an Acre" as a gift to yourself or to anyone with an interest in gardening, memoir reading or writing , or who enjoys rich, gently paced stories of learning and evolving through life.

Sep 04, Leah rated it liked it Shelves: first-reads , reviewed. I think that the gardening parts were interesting. There was a lot of detail about her oddly shaped garden, and good information on the history of the area, and what does well there. I live somewhere very different so it was nice to read about. However, there was a lot of non-gardening stuff that I didn't care about.

I guess it is a called a Gardening Life meaning not just gardening, but I didn't really think it through. Overall, it was a worthwhile read though. I am happy to say that I entered and won this giveaway for my mom, and she will hopefully be a new goodreads member soon. Although I have not yet read it, when I received the book I read the first few pages and I know she will enjoy it! Feb 26, Anne rated it it was ok Shelves: adult , memoirs , plants-gardening.


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I started out really liking this book, but as I continued with it I became less and less engaged. Not only does the author seem to hold the reader at arm's length, she also seems to distance herself from her own story. I came away not caring very much. Aug 27, Jackie rated it liked it Shelves: jackie. I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. I enjoyed it for the most part, but would have enjoyed it more if the author would have included photographs of the garden.

Dec 13, Malia Walter rated it liked it. A fine distraction from my day job. Helped fuel my desire to garden more flowers even though I personally focus on food production. Aug 26, Joy rated it liked it Shelves: goodreads-giveaways , memoirs. I enjoyed reading about the author's love of gardens and gardening, and to see how both her personal life and her garden evolves over the years.

Aug 07, Elfrieda rated it liked it. Words of wisdom using gardening as a metaphor for life. Inspiring, charming, and full of wisdom. Apr 18, Kathy rated it really liked it. Interesting look at gardening, writing and the changes both bring to light and life during a woman's middle ages of life.

Sep 07, Brett rated it really liked it. Won in Goodreads Giveaway! Enjoyed it!

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She mentions historical gardeners very interesting if you have Wikipedia handy. An elegant read. This was a very enjoyable book to read, especially given the fantastic weather this summer. Listening to birds and with all the windows open and a nice breeze, this book really fit the scene. Oct 04, Claire rated it it was ok Shelves: bios-memoirs , gardening.

I liked the blend of personal experience and history but I felt like it leaned in too hard to the history. Nov 26, hillary rated it liked it Shelves: read Aug 30, Josianne Haag rated it liked it Shelves: first-reads , non-fiction. Won in the Goodreads Giveaways. Having never read a memoir before, I didn't know what to expect. Over all I was pretty underwhelmed: the pacing of the book was really slow, there was no real direction in the story line, and she added in information that was almost boring. While I knew that this wouldn't be a action packed thriller, I did expect the story to move along at a decent speed.

And the beginning was interesting as she got settled into her new house and was gearing up to creating her new g Won in the Goodreads Giveaways. And the beginning was interesting as she got settled into her new house and was gearing up to creating her new garden. But then it quickly became obvious as we read through flashback after flashback that it wasn't going to continue that way.

For a good portion of the book we got almost nothing in terms of the development of her garden and instead read about her taking her dog for a walk through the cemetery, or the history of how her house had been built and who the previous owners had been. But I did appreciate the book for what it was: a retelling of her life and her relationship with gardening.

Some of the points that she brought up during the book were interesting and I really liked her writing style.

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It was very poetic and it felt as though every word was picked carefully to be able to convey her thoughts the best. I really felt like I understood some of her emotions and I've had some similar experiences as well while gardening. May 09, Anthony Stancomb rated it really liked it. A delightful book, full of the mysteries and intricacies of living with a garden. Throughout the narrative, the author has cleverly woven in brief excerpts fro A delightful book, full of the mysteries and intricacies of living with a garden.

But above all, the book comes over as an ode to the life-force behind nature and life-force behind the author herself. The book is exquisitely written with a light humorous touch, and with a colourful yet economic use of words. Jan 25, Nanci rated it liked it Shelves: nonfiction. Booklist says: "Time does not stand still in a garden. Just as winter's tranquility masks the feverish underground activity of bulbs gathering fuel for spring blossoms, so, too, does a life undergo complex metamorphoses as transitions are either chosen or forced upon it.

Lisle found herself at just such a turning point following her divorce and, leaving behind the hectic, sophisticated pace she enjoyed as an acclaimed journalist in Manhattan, she set out to find a simpler, more rewarding way of Booklist says: "Time does not stand still in a garden. Lisle found herself at just such a turning point following her divorce and, leaving behind the hectic, sophisticated pace she enjoyed as an acclaimed journalist in Manhattan, she set out to find a simpler, more rewarding way of living.

A historic village in rural Connecticut held just the right house and garden in which Lisle could rediscover her true essence. In this beguiling and wise memoir, Lisle recounts the lessons learned as she worked a tiny plot of land, weeding not only errant plants but also those wayward thoughts and behaviors that she once thought impossible to let go. Lisle's cogent meditations on the rewards of working the land and nurturing the soul are elegant, eloquent reminders of the importance of listening to your inner muse.

Apr 21, Kristen rated it really liked it Shelves: non-fiction. This was a spur of the moment pick from a display about gardening books in the local library. I'm glad I picked it up. Laurie Lisle reflects on her garden, which she began to establish about 20 years before. She bought a new old house on a village green in a small Connecticut town after a painful divorce, and proceeded to transform the back yard.

As she goes through other relationships, the garden is a place of escape and restoration for her. Lisle was already a published author when she began This was a spur of the moment pick from a display about gardening books in the local library. Lisle was already a published author when she began this garden, and her desire to work the land for a time outweighs her desire to write. Interesting snippets of gardening through other writers eyes appear throughout. Many life lessons are taken through her observations about gardening.

I finished this in Hawaii while there for my Mom's memorial service, so I'm sure this book will stay with me forever. Gardening was something Mom loved, and that I love as well, so it was a poignant read. Dec 21, Lucy rated it it was amazing. I adore this book. Laurie speaks in a tender and honest voice about her own experiences relocating from the city to a small town, weaving together stories of nature, gardening, and universal themes of life. What began as a gardening journal evolved into a memoir with well developed stories and visual clarity.

Her expertise as a biographer is apparent in her richly detailed research on her house, her new town, and the plants in her garden that, like life The la I adore this book. The layers of the story flow naturally, making it an enjoyable and engaging read. I recommend "Four Tenths of an Acre" as a gift to yourself or to anyone with an interest in gardening, memoir reading or writing , or who enjoys rich, gently paced stories of learning and evolving through life.

Sep 04, Leah rated it liked it Shelves: first-reads , reviewed. I think that the gardening parts were interesting. There was a lot of detail about her oddly shaped garden, and good information on the history of the area, and what does well there. I live somewhere very different so it was nice to read about.

However, there was a lot of non-gardening stuff that I didn't care about. I guess it is a called a Gardening Life meaning not just gardening, but I didn't really think it through. Overall, it was a worthwhile read though. I am happy to say that I entered and won this giveaway for my mom, and she will hopefully be a new goodreads member soon. Although I have not yet read it, when I received the book I read the first few pages and I know she will enjoy it!

Feb 26, Anne rated it it was ok Shelves: adult , memoirs , plants-gardening. I started out really liking this book, but as I continued with it I became less and less engaged. Not only does the author seem to hold the reader at arm's length, she also seems to distance herself from her own story. I came away not caring very much. Aug 27, Jackie rated it liked it Shelves: jackie. I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. I enjoyed it for the most part, but would have enjoyed it more if the author would have included photographs of the garden.

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A fine distraction from my day job. Helped fuel my desire to garden more flowers even though I personally focus on food production. Aug 26, Joy rated it liked it Shelves: goodreads-giveaways , memoirs. I enjoyed reading about the author's love of gardens and gardening, and to see how both her personal life and her garden evolves over the years. Aug 07, Elfrieda rated it liked it. Words of wisdom using gardening as a metaphor for life.

Inspiring, charming, and full of wisdom. Apr 18, Kathy rated it really liked it. Interesting look at gardening, writing and the changes both bring to light and life during a woman's middle ages of life. Sep 07, Brett rated it really liked it. Won in Goodreads Giveaway! Enjoyed it! Feb 10, Sharon rated it liked it. A good winter read I would recommend first checking out Margaret Roach or Dominique Browning for this genre. Aug 29, Donna Gabbard rated it liked it Shelves: goodreads-giveaway , i-own-this-book , non-fiction-biography-memoir.


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