One of the perks of having a modestly popular blog and social media presence is that I get to meet amazing writers and authors.
Recently Amanda created an incredible gardening book, a guide to landscaping for suburbanites that doesn’t preach or talk down to the reader. I was privileged to “blurb” the book for the publisher last fall. You can buy or win (more on that in a sec) the book and see the short-form of what I wrote in person.
But here’s my full review,* which had to be edited to fit:
Garden writing has been far too uptight for way too long. Which may explain why a lot of young homeowners steer themselves and their pricey iced coffees clear of the garden section on date night at Barnes & Noble.
Hal-o-freakin’-Lou-ya, this volume pokes stodgy ol’ garden bookishness in the eye.
Amanda Thomsen brings her readers not only a irreverent, quirky, and flirty read but also a customizable, user-friendly template to build the yard of their dreams. That’s right. Beneath Thomsen’s witty word play–not to mention the whimsical illustrations by Am I Collective–there’s a solid, pragmatic, and sensible scheme that teaches newbie gardeners how to create (and tend!) an authentic, one-of-a-kind landscape.
The ‘burbs may never be the same.
I wrote that blurb after reviewing a digital copy early last August. Having received a hard copy since–which proved to be even more stunning than the digital copy, I stand by every word in this review. And I’ll also tell you that my septuagenarian mother loved it so much that she bought multiple copies for her friends and family who need a little landscape assistance.
That’s right: My mom endorses you’re getting this book.
And, really, isn’t that all you need to know?
If you’d like a chance to win Amanda’s book–and see for yourself just how fantastic it is, then leave me a comment on this post and tell me WHY you need it.
HURRY! This giveaway has a quick turn-around as it’s winter right now and people need to get cracking on their yards for spring.
Deadline to register: 5pm CST on Thursday, February 28, 2013
To purchase the book, visit your independent bookseller or Amazon.