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Deep in the Green: An Exploration of Country Pleasures

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  65 ratings  ·  15 reviews
As gardening columnist for The New York Times, Anne Raver is one of our foremost authorities on making things grow. Even non-gardeners will find this book of essays a source of profound pleasure, for Raver is a writer who transcends her subject even as she illuminates it, writing with such passion, wisdom and stylishmess that her book will enchant anyone who reads it.
Paperback, 300 pages
Published April 30th 1996 by Vintage (first published May 30th 1995)
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"The first gathering of garden talk from the widely admired New York Times garden columnist Anne Raver.

"She eulogizes the great trees that were once home to the gods.

"She evokes the joy of digging up one's own leeks and potatoes.

"She give us the lowdown on crickets.

"She swears by a miraculous skin cream -- created for use on cow udders.

"She remembers a Thanksgiving reunion at the family farm, which was built by her great-grandfather ('The house of our childhood is an aging soul, with wheezing pi
Faye Snyder
Just what I needed to get into Spring!This book had been setting on my gardening book shelf for, probably, 20 years. I was looking for something else, when I spied this volume and wondered what it was about. As I read, I discovered that a large portion of it takes place in familiar territory, Maryland's Frederick and Carroll counties! Familiar joys and challenges which made me appreciate it and Anne Raver's words of gardening wisdom even more! Thoroughly enjoyed it.
Lovely humorous stories - wonderful storyteller if you enjoy nature and gardening.
I'm not a huge fan of Raver's writing style. In my opinion, she thinks she's a lot more witty than she actually comes off as on paper. Having said that, I do like my garden, and I like her general garden vibe. She has an obvious love of plants and gardening that I can appreciate, though at times she does seem to border on obsessive.

If you're not into gardening, defintely don't reommend this one.
Mattalie Mcinerney
Some tender gems in this collection of essays on life and gardening. (Also many practical tips.)Like many essay collections, it suffers a bit from the frequent transitions and maybe the organization as well. Overall though, Raver offers much worthy food for thought about topics ranging from pesticide use to pets, romance, food, family relationships, and aging.
May 02, 2012 Carol rated it 5 of 5 stars
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I have read this book a couple times before...must have been prior to goodreads. First time entering it. She is an awesome writer. I know she moved to her family farm in Maryland but could not find a blog of hers. It would be nice to know what she is doing now. Oh. This is a collection of her New York Times gardening articles. Fun and informative!
Lisa Schwantes
A columnist for the New York Times, Raver’s short anecdotes are an “exploration of country pleasures.” Some of her gardening stories are written with witty humor and others with enchanting poignancy. The collection will make you want to put your fingers into the dirt.
Love this book. Refreshing, thoughtful and warm chapters on gardening, love of the environment, family, the power of women and cricket poop. Delightful read. Like chatting with friend over wine and home made crusty bread slathered with rich buttery memories.
Includes some interesting anecdotes.

More about sadness than humor.

I think it would be a very good book for a different audience than myself.
Mar 31, 2008 Kate rated it 3 of 5 stars
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This was a second reading--less pleasurable than the first time but a few of the essays are great.
Karen Floyd
Anne was good company. I wonder what she and her family decided to do with the family farm....
A series of gardening essays and how gardening relates to the human condition.
Feb 20, 2011 John added it
Essays on life, loosely connected to gardening.
fun read for a gardener
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