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Four Tenths of an Acre: Reflections on a Gardening Life

Four Tenths of an Acre: Reflections on a Gardening Life
Laurie Lisle
Random House
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cloth, 219 p., $24.95

This book details one woman’s passion for gardening and passion for life. It is a sensitively written book that tunes into the feminine mystique, and one in which readers can identify with various stages of the author’s life.

Leaving New York after a failed marriage, Lisle, searching for a new start, purchased a small colonial home on the main street of Sharon, Connecticut, intending to garden and finish writing a book. Having memories of mother and grandmother gardening, Lisle was not afraid to start. Gardening developed her "patience, persistence, stamina and happiness." "Tangling with nature is an ongoing lesson in resilience and recovery," writes Lisle.

Lisle narrates her struggle to put down roots, to be part of Sharon’s history. She describes her battles with weather, flora and fauna, all played out as she works to find time for writing. Twenty years later, she seems to have come to terms with her life, resigned to spending only weekends in Sharon.

— Adele Kleine, volunteer and Master Gardener, Chicago Botanic Garden, and contributing writer toChicagoland Gardening magazine