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Around the House and in the Garden: A Memoir of Heartbreak, Healing and Home Improvement

Around the House and in the Garden:  A Memoir of Heartbreak, Healing and Home Im
Dominique Browning
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cloth, 206 p., $24

Dominique Browning, editor-in-chief of House and Garden magazine, personified the woman of today who does it all — living an admired lifestyle with a brilliant career, a husband who cooks dinner, two sons and a suburban home within an easy commute from New York City — until it fell apart as her marriage broke up.

These essays, written first for the magazine and enlarged in this book, trace the years after her divorce, the collapse of her heart and home. Most importantly, Browning writes of the consolation and joy provided by her children and friends, and finally by the house and garden itself, which renewed her spirit as she tentatively began their restoration.

Her account of making the house a comfort haven again, relieving it of its grief-filled rooms, includes accounts of luxurious soaks in the bathtub, sofas in the kitchen and beloved camellias in the garden. The author's reminiscences reveal her heart and sense of self in an insightful manner.

While this is not a gardening book per se, it is a human one, which touches us all in a beautiful, inspiring way.

— Adele Kleine, Library Volunteer, Master Gardener and contributing writer to Chicagoland Gardeningmagazine