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The Well-Tended Perennial Garden

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ISBN: 9780881928037
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Timber Press - July 24th, 2006

My friend, Heather, and I agree. Where has this book been all our gardening lives? We've been digging and moving plants when mostly what was needed was prudent, planned pruning. A true revelation to those of us with some experience and yet accessible to new gardeners. It is funny and indispensable. Don't be put off by the lack of photos, just dig into the text. ~ Reviewed by Karen Frank

The Perennial Gardener's Design Primer

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ISBN: 9781580175432
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Published: Storey Publishing, LLC - February 15th, 2005

If you are a newcomer to perennial gardening and a recipient of plants from well-meaning friends and neighbors, this book will interest you. The authors deal with problems and their solutions in an easy to follow format with splendid photographs of the real thing. You will find yourself chanting, "I can do this!" All that remains is to choose a project and wait for spring. ~ Reviewed by Karen Frank

The Intimate Garden

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ISBN: 9780393058932
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 17th, 2005

The season is about to get underway for those of us with itchy gardening fingers and a bit of land sorely in need of improvement. This beautiful book will have you dreaming by the fire, anticipating the spring. The authors share with us their experience turning a run down Vermont farm into a paradise that can be lived in and loved. The text is as intriguing as the photographs. You feel as if you would like to move right in with the Haywards and give them a hand. ~ Reviewed by Karen Frank

A Bit on the Side

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ISBN: 9780143035916
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Published: Penguin Books - September 27th, 2005

William Trevor is my "trapped on a desert island" author. The beauty and poignancy of his work never ceases to amaze me. His short stories remind me of Rembrandt paintings, alive with color, atmosphere and startling attention to detail. This collection of stories once again describes the lives of the modern day Irish people, although there are times one is not sure of the century. The emotional lives of people is a timeless well of material for this author. ~ Reviewed by Karen Frank

The Way the Crow Flies

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ISBN: 9780060586379
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Published: Harper Perennial - August 31st, 2004

I was sucked in slowly by this novel and then taken for an intense, complicated and emotional ride. A young Canadian family returns to base at home after living overseas during WWII and becomes caught up in Cold War intrigues which impact their seemingly quiet life through several plot twists. ~ Reviewed by Karen Frank

The Jane Austen Book Club

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ISBN: 9780452286535
Availability: Backordered
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - April 26th, 2005

This was a most enjoyable book. The author uses Jane Austen and her works to illuminate the modern lives of her characters. There are some GREAT sentences which will remind you of Jane herself, and some really original ideas. Be sure to read the notes at the end. ~ Reviewed by Karen Frank


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