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Thursday, February 01, 2007

New Month, New Book

Thank you again to everyone who participated in the Garden Bloggers’ Book Club for January. Are you ready for a completely different type of gardening book for February?

I hope so, because that’s what we have with Two Gardeners: Katharine S. White and Elizabeth Lawrence – A Friendship in Letters edited by Emily Herring Wilson. (Click here for Powell’s instead of Amazon.)

A few days ago, Collen at In the Garden Online wrote the following about the book:

“Whoever suggested Two Gardeners for the Book Club deserves either a great big hug or a stern finger wagging. A hug because I've never read a book of letters, and I absolutely loved this one. I literally could not put it down---better than any novel I've read recently. A stern finger wagging because while reading it, I found myself tearing up and even crying....over a gardening book! Granted, not your typical gardening book, but still.... I'll go for the hug, because this book has changed the way I look at this whole blogging thing....more about that in my actual book club post later on. I want to re-read parts of the book again.”

Though I’ve been making the final selection each month, I do so with input from any one willing to make a suggestion, so I looked back through all the comments and I believe we have Tracy (Outside) to thank for suggesting this one. Thank you, Tracy!

And what should you do if you can’t get a copy of this book or have no time to read it? You can still participate by writing a post about any book written by either Katharine S. White or Elizabeth Lawrence. Don’t have access to any of their books? Well, you really should read a book to participate in a book club, but I can see where for some gardeners, February is a busy month. So, in keeping with the theme, two gardeners, you could also write about another gardener who you’ve exchanged ideas with over the years, even if not by letters.

The official club post will be posted February 28th, to provide as much time as possible for people to read the book and post their thoughts on their own blog. Just leave me a comment or an email (see the sidebar) when your post is ready.

Happy Reading, stay warm in this winter and…

Go Colts!!

(Oh, and one more thing, I’m getting ready to announce the March selection, but am having trouble making up my mind. If you want to weigh in, send me an email, I’ll send you info on the two finalists, and you can give me your input.)

5 comments:

Sissy said...

This is my first time reading along and I must say, I really enjoy these ladies!
Go Bears!

Annie in Austin said...

Carole, I wondered who deserved the thanks! If I ever meet Tracy she gets a hug from me, too, for suggesting that we read "Two Gardeners".

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

Colleen said...

Aha! Well then thank you Tracy! {hug}

And I have to say---re-reading "parts" of the book is ending up to be re-reading the whole thing again! I go back and read the letter I wanted to re-read, and find myself saying, "oh, well, let's see how Katharine replied to that....." and on it goes :-)

Tracy said...

Well, y'all are just making me blush. I'm glad everyone is enjoying the book. I know I am - I started it on Wednesday and just finished last night. I know I'll be rereading most/all of it before I post my review. On the first go-around I couldn't stop to take notes - I had to keep reading.

Actually, my recommendation was somewhat self-serving. I had already purchased the book in late fall but hadn't read it yet. figured if the GBBC read it, that would be one less book for me to buy.

(I'm going to start becoming very conscious of my use of the word "actually". For those who have gotten all the way to the end, you'll understand that just about any use of the word is probably far too often for Elizabeth Lawrence's taste!)

Barbee' said...

Carol, your Gardeners' Book Club is a delightful idea, more power to you and your endeavor. I plan to put a link to it in my More Links/Blog Roll list, hope that is OK with you. If not, please let me know.