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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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 17 months ago by BUMWHISTLE
30 + pages were missing from the book. It was very disappointing and I lost interest in the book as a wholePublished 21 months ago 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 22 months ago 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 22 months ago 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
What a remarkable account of one's love for gardening. This is quite an inspiring book for anyone interested especially in gardening. Read morePublished on October 14, 2007 by Mary K. Ohara
In an earlier book, Ms. Ackerman congratulates herself on being open to experience more than most people. Read morePublished on January 11, 2006 by E. M. Bristol