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Garlic Is Life by Chester Aaron
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May 23, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: green-themes
Read in May, 2011

This is the type of book that makes you fall in love with life... and garlic... all over again. Chester finds himself after a divorce by immersing himself in the joys of gardening, ranching and by the way, almost accidentally, becomes a garlic farmer.

I loved the way he invoked nostalgia for his boyhood and love for his Georgian father through his discovery of Georgian garlic. The scent of freshly pulled garlic conjured up his past, almost literally bringing his parents back to life for him. He mourned their loss anew, but his parents were constant companions as he planted, grew and ate "their" garlic.

I admit it, I am dabbling in garlic farming so this book is immediately relevant to me. Oh, a kindred spirit! I loved reading this, but even if you only have a passing like for garlic, you can still find something to love in this discovery of a new life at the age of 60. We always have the capacity to rediscover ourselves, to voyage into that undiscovered country and make ourselves anew.
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