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Mrs. Trissel has an amazing knowledge of flowers and plants and a sense of humor that had me laughing on many occasions. Whether accompanying her husband to the county fair, pouring over seed catalogues with her youngest daughter or rolling her eyes affectionately at her older daughter's ballooning wedding plans, the reader feels part of that life. She has a fascinating background that is revealed in snippets here and there as offhandedly as plucking flowers in the many gardens on the farm. Both that background and her obvious knowledge of literature (lovely quotes included throughout) add depth to her day to day life which comes across to the reader.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I've read a lot of memoirs, but none so appealing as this one. Highly recommended.
Which typically leaves me in the suburbs, but that's another story.
I recently read Beth Trissel's Shenandoah Watercolors, a series of short essays which account a year's time on her family's rural farm in the Virginian Shenandoah Valley. Full of rich imagery and fantastic characters in the forms of people, house pets, and farm animals, Mrs. Trissel has cured me of one thing: the idea that living in a rural area is less complicated than living in the city. It's complicated all right: farm animals must be raised, sometimes by hand. Cows are ushered from areas they're determined to plunder, fences be damned. Pets wreak their particular brand of havoc in the house, carefully hoarded spoils overriding the aftermath of broken items and strewn garbage from un-sealed trash bags. There's constant worry about flooding and droughts and broken-down equipment; no harvest means more debt and tight finances.
Throughout all of this threads the familial and neighborly relationships - a sense of community seldom seen in city life. When trouble strikes - be it concern over a crop or the unexpected death of a much loved and anticipated, newly born grandchild - families and neighbors come together to help and nurture each other in any way they can. I was struck by Mrs. Trissel's summation: "The problem with cities is that people don't learn what really matters. Don't really feel or know the rhythms of the earth.Read more ›
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What an amazing book. I just love to read journals for the simple reason most put their heart and soul into what they write. Beth Trissel has managed to that in her book Shenandoah Watercolors. The more I read , the more I thought of my life as a child back in a little country town in Nebraska.
The story of Daphne and Darlene along with their newest drake Don and wild mallard Dwayne brought rounds of laughter. I could just see Dwayne pursing his gal.
The descriptions of the Virginia countryside are marvelous and if you have never been there before you are in for a treat. I have made a couple trips through the Virginia country side and as I read Ms. Trissel's book I could picture myself being there as she plants her garden, chases the old heifer away from her bushes, going to the county fairs and patiently waiting the arrival of her grandchild.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and is one book I will read again if only to take another trip down memory lane with Beth Trissel. Excellent book. Highly recommended.
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Brilliance of word and image create a compelling desire to share their vision of their home place! Beth Trissel and her family have captured the heart of the Shenandoah, and their... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jim Great Elk Waters - author and reviewer for Forest Edge publishers
This book is so beautifully written and so relaxing to read. I keep mine handy and enjoy rereading it when I need a calming break from the world. Everyone needs their own copy.Published 20 months ago by Ann See
This lovely memoir has been lovingly written by Beth Trissel and illustrated with photos by her mom and daughter. Read morePublished on May 9, 2013 by Caroline Clemmons