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In her popular book A Natural History of the Senses, Ackerman celebrates the human body; in A Natural History of My Garden, she turns her attention to the world outside the body, outside the human sphere. Structured by seasons, this is a book of subtle shifts, but the reader never feels lost. Her prose is so welcoming, at times it feels like she's talking directly to you, although her lush, poetic language is the opposite of speech.
Distracted urban readers craving a book that will transport them would do well to spend time immersed in these pages, as will gardeners who've lost appreciation for their plot. Ackerman is a generous writer--a teacher who will share treasured, obscure passages from Beckett or Hawthorne. She's emotional and highly charged, and her descriptions are so clear they're small marvels. She's remarkable for her ability to find mystery everywhere. --Emily White
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A delight for anyone who treasures their garden or who loves gardening.Published 3 months ago by Nelson R. Eldred
This is not a well-written book. It is a hodge-podge of under-developed, unsophisticated observations, loosely strung together by a theme of what the author witnesses throughout... Read morePublished 6 months ago by L. Byrne
I have enjoyed Diane's books. The Natural History of the Senses is the first one I read. Gets you to stop and pay attention. Fun read.Published on April 26, 2013 by BUMWHISTLE
30 + pages were missing from the book. It was very disappointing and I lost interest in the book as a wholePublished on December 21, 2012 by shirley sandberg
I have had this book for a few years. I keep it on my night stand and read and reread it. Her words are wonderful, so informing and truly cultivate delight . Read morePublished on December 1, 2012 by Sharon L. Arthur
I keep this book where I can pick it up when I just need to relax and remember what a joy our gardens can be .Published on November 27, 2012 by VZ
I have seldom come across such an amalgamation of misinformation, silliness and self-absorption as this writing contains. Read morePublished on July 22, 2009 by T. Culver
"By retreating farther and farther from nature, we lose our sense of belonging. " ~ pg. 7
Diane Ackerman has created her own oasis of pleasure. Read more
Diane Ackerman wrote this book during her convalescence from a knee injury. Being a very active person, she was frustrated by her inability to do her usual routines. Read morePublished on October 21, 2007 by Brenda Savage-Knight