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A Year In The Garden: Incredible Beauty, Explosive Sex & Violent Death in One Suburban Backyard Kindle Edition

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"Rebecca captured breathtaking moments in the garden visually with her camera, adding depth to a text that seeks to bring gardening lovers across the country right into her backyard.The master gardener's new book is part humor, part mystery, part lecture and completely engaging to the reader seeking to learn what it is like being in someone else's backyard gardening." - Radell Smith, Atlanta Top News Examiner -

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What started as a project to stop myself from digging up the spring-blooming red lilies in the fall morphed into an intense personal journey that turned outward, blooming into a photographic and word journal of wonder, learning and community. 
As the blog and newspaper column readership grew, I suddenly had complete strangers asking me how the watermelons were doing, if I had any tips on the Damn Rabbits and if my son still improving. I realized that our connection to our gardens - and to other gardeners - is so important, so deep, so vital to our own well-being. At heart, we all know that our little patch of earth is all part of the whole and at the same time, completely unique.
The garden is a place to think, a place to not think, a place to remember and a place to forget. It's a place of relaxation and of very hard work, a place of easy giving and a place of downright stubbornness. It's a microcosm of our whole lives - there is beauty, there is sex, there is violence - and so much drama, drama, drama every single day. 
I hope readers learn some solid gardening techniques, enjoy the view, don't duplicate my mistakes and really see that the wonder of the garden reflects the awesome wonder of life. 

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  • File Size: 28880 KB
  • Print Length: 342 pages
  • Publisher: READ Publishing; 1 edition (April 25, 2013)
  • Publication Date: April 25, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CJGG79Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #835,814 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Since Rebecca Rollins Palumbo could hold a trowel, she has been gardening - first as her mother's oft-reluctant assistant and now for her own joy and satisfaction. She has gardened in the frustrating full shade off the patio of her first apartment, in the troublesome full shade of her first house and now in a perfect combination of sun and shade in her present home, the subject of this book. She wrote a column about nature and gardening for the Chicago Tribune. She is a certified Master Gardener and her garden is a Certified Wildlife Habitat.

Rebecca earned a Bachelor of Art from Northern Illinois University with a concentration in photography and a strong emphasis in English and writing. She is Creative Director of Rollins Palumbo Creative, a design and advertising firm in Chicagoland. She resides in Tinley Park, Illinois, a southwestern suburb of Chicago, with her husband, Tony, two "young adult" children, two dogs and a betta fish named Sundance.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tigger on May 29, 2013
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In a word or two this book is as entertaining as it is educational. Reading this book has been a joy. I have learned quite a bit but enjoyed all of the anecdotes just as much. I can hear and relate to the authors voice, she is clear and clever, it's like sitting down with an old friend - so enjoyable. I completely recommend this book even if you are not a "serious" gardener you will enjoy it.
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By Marge Lepore on August 8, 2013
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Beautifully written and photographed. I especially enjoyed the way the author made comparisons between the ever changing plant and human life. Palumbo used her creative writing ability and humor to compare living things in her garden to family, friends, neighbors. Her love of wildlife is apparent (although I wouldn't want to be a rabbit in her garden...Damn Rabbits!) The book is an enjoyable read for all...not just gardeners. Highly recommended.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ICKoolG'ma on September 12, 2013
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I'm glad I didn't buy this book--I just read it for free on my Kindle. I first read a review of it in Chicagoland Gardening magazine and thought it sounded interesting. However, I was really disappointed in it--it didn't "flow" well, her frequent repetition of the same words was annoying, and the number of typos/errors was unbelievable. I wondered if this book was proofread/edited. I know it was a journal but I thought it was poorly written.
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