My Favorite Plant: Writers and Gardeners on the Plants They Love (Hardcover)

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By Jamaica Kincaid (Editor)

Staff Reviews

Originally from a tropical island in the Caribbean, Kincaid's eventual move to Vermont has allowed her to realize her combined passions for gardening and writing. This is an anthology of writers who garden and gardeners who write, in a lovely small format that is a perfect gift for anyone who enjoys this complementary combination. Essays by Colette, Christopher Lloyd, Maxine Kumin among many others. — Barbara Morrow


A delightful compendium of writing on plants.

The passion for gardening and the passion for words come together in this inspired anthology, a collection of essays on topics as diverse as beans and roses, by writers who garden and by gardeners who write. Among the contributors are Christopher Lloyd, on poppies; Marina Warner, who remembers the Guinée rose; and Henri Cole, who offers poems on the bearded iris and on peonies. There is also an explanation of the sexiness of castor beans from Michael Pollan and an essay from Maxine Kumin on how, as Henry David Thoreau put it, one "[makes] the earth say beans instead of grass." Most of the essays are new in print, but Colette, Katharine S. White, D. H. Lawrence, and several other old favorites make appearances. Jamaica Kincaid, the much-admired writer and a passionate gardener herself, rounds up this diverse crew. A wonderful gift for green thumbs, My Favorite Plant is a happy collection of fresh takes on old friends.

Other contributors include:
Hilton Als
Mary Keen
Ken Druse
Duane Michals
Michael Fox
David Raffeld
Ian Frazier
Graham Stuart Thomas
Daniel Hinkley
Wayne Winterrowd

About the Author

Jamaica Kincaid was born in St. John's, Antigua. Her books include At the Bottom of the River, Annie John, Lucy, The Autobiography of My Mother, and My Brother. She lives with her family in Vermont.

Praise For…

“An ingenious, varied, and pleasurable collection, certain to strike sparks of recognition in even the most modest gardener.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Enchanting.” —Booklist

Product Details
ISBN: 9780374281939
ISBN-10: 0374281939
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication Date: November 1st, 1998
Pages: 329
Language: English