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Around the House and in the Garden: A Memoir of Heartbreak, Healing, and Home Improvement Paperback – April 2, 2003
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She has worked with and written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, New York magazine, O, the Oprah magazine, Departures, Food &Wine, Travel & Leisure, Body + Soul, Wired and On Topic, among others. She writes a monthly column about environmental issues for the Environmental Defense Fund website.
Until November 2007, Browning was the editor-in-chief of House & Garden, a magazine of 950,000 readers. Browning began her career in 1977 working at Savvy and American Photographer magazines. She also worked at Esquire, Texas Monthly, Newsweek, and Mirabella magazine before joining Conde Nast.
Browning is the author of three books: Around the House and In the Garden: a Memoir of Heartbreak, Healing, and Home Improvement; Paths of Desire: the Passion of a Suburban Gardener; and Slow Love: How I Lost my Job, Put on My Pajamas, and Found Happiness. She has also authored several books under the House & Garden brand.
Browning is a classically trained pianist, and also performed with Wesleyan's Javanese Gamelan orchestra. She is the mother of two sons and lives in New York and Rhode Island.
Top Customer Reviews
I would recommend this book to all who love their home and garden and derive strength and solace from the pleasures of creating beautiful and comfortable homes. The book is honest without being a tell-all. While maintaining the privacy of her ex-husband and sons, Ms. Browning opens up her heart to the reader. I often thought of the symbol of a bird's nest - she herself seemed like a bird who is left to tend to her young in a nest until they are strong enough to fly off on their own. In many ways this book was really a love song to her sons. Perhaps because I have two sons of my own, I really identified with the author's emotions: the raw love of her boys mixed with the desire to have them share her deepfelt sensitivity toward the objects, smells, textures and sounds that surround us in the places we call our home.
I recommend this book with the small caveat that it does not contain a neat plot or storyline, but instead, is a series of thoughtful essays - some a tad depressing, but all very beautifully written. A few of the essays could have been tweaked a bit more as they got redundant, but that is just a quibble!
Her descriptions of her rooms, her struggle to find a good living room couch (after successfully finding a kitchen sofa), her explanations of plants and flowers to her young sons, all create the feeling that you are on the phone with an old friend working to describe her evolving life. Her deep understanding of the ways in which our environments affect us (for better, for worse, just like marriage) leads the readers to feel like the changes we've been tempted to make might just be logical after all.
Most of us are too busy these days to spend all the time we'd like creating a home and garden, or nurturing a young family. Browning hones in on these desires and serves up poignant pieces everyone can relate to -- even if we're not divorced or uprooted. I would love to see more of her work (yes, I subscribe to her magazine just to read her essays) in book form!
Browning is the editor-in-chief of House and Garden magazine, and her series of short essays is reminiscent of those short "editorials" one in her position undoubtedly writes for such a magazine. Her writing is friendly but very general. Browning provides no detail about gardening-or redecorating for that matter. Her book is sort of "autobiographical" but she shares very little of any great import about herself or anyone else in her family (or ex-familia). The closest she comes to sharing her emotions occurs when she describes a bedtime scene where she lifted her son up by his pajama lapels when he mentioned her ex-spouse's intended and jokingly informed him that he was not to talk about "other women" in her presence. In fact, Browning shares less about her self and family than the friendly passenger sitting next to you on a six-hour flight.
If you need calming, gentle, diversionary material to lull you to sleep on those nights when you are thinking obsessively about something that can be better addressed the next day (like causing serious bodily harm), this little book may help. If you want some "real" gardening stuff you should check out Osler's book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I found this book self-pitying and boring - Browning is not the only parent to go through divorce and shared custody. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Sam Pea Mom
I wish she stayed in Rhode Island......I thought she was happiest there....Published 4 months ago by Ciao Nona!
I loved this book because I could so relate to it. When my husband died, I became a gardener. I create and nature takes it away. So, I recreate. Read morePublished on January 31, 2013 by L. Millette
Reading this book was like sitting in the parlor and having a cup of tea and girl talk with Ms. Browning. It was such a comfort... Read morePublished on October 19, 2012 by missjane
One word.....boring. I keep reading and hoping it will get better, but no such luck. Chapters are very short and choppy. The author just touches on the surface of her subjects. Read morePublished on September 2, 2011 by LISA
An honest, beautifully written book of one woman's trials and celebration. I loved the house and garden as a reflection/metaphor for Dominique's inner state. Read morePublished on July 24, 2010 by Karen Larsen
This book is a wonderful look from within to the beauty of ones home and garden. Masterfully written and motivating to express your love through your home. Read morePublished on March 28, 2010 by NJChiro