January 19, 2013

Book Giveaway - Win Margaret Roach's Latest Book

I am halfway through reading Margaret Roach's latest book, THE BACKYARD PARABLES -
LESSONS ON GARDENING, AND LIFE. Now, you can win one too! Read on.

Choosing a title for a book is a difficult, and often painful process - often it includes a trifecta - a back and forth discussion between the editor, the publisher, and then between the editor and the author. Throw in marketing, the sales force and the book designer, and things can quickly get out of control. But my blogger friend Margaret Roach (Friend? Well, I've have only chatted on-line -----I know! don't worry, I don't plant football)  - - has written a wonderful little book, and it's one that I think any of my readers will enjoy. This week I am giving away a copy for free ( thanks to Margaret and her publisher).

First and foremost, Margaret love words and writing as much as he loves plants. She writes literature, and I write a blog, but I will do my best to try and describe her book for you. As a designer, I will add that this is a beautifully designed book. The perfect font, nice paper stock, and the perfect size for bedside reading, or for reading in that ugly lounger I shared in an earlier post as the squirrels raid my bird feeders. Margaret does use some words that I have to look up, but then again, she was ( and still in inside) an editor. I wish she would write more books, especially on gardening.

You can win this brand new book right now by simply by first leaving a comment on this post and by joining my blog as a follower.  I will choose a winner this Tuesday at 9:00 PM. EST. Please leave only one comment, as I will be randomizing the winner from the list. It is nice too, if you could take the time to visit Margaret's blog, and her Facebook page for the blog, and this crazy interweb is a numbers game, and we all need numbers if we want to continue such posts!

Most of us know Margaret from her very popular blog A WAY TO GARDEN,  her books ( most recently AND I SHALL HAVE SOME PEACE THERE) and of course, many of us are familiar with her corporate life when she was editor of Martha Stewart Living (including her gardening radio show Sirius on MSLO channel), and her many other contributions with both MSLO and elsewhere over her career.  This latest book Margaret continues sort of where her last book left off.  She documents the daily adventures in her garden, and in her life - both spiritually, and physically.  Margaret writes about her life, and this book is personal as well as it is informational. I dare to day, that Margaret is just beginning her new career - and that should be exciting to her. In the garden she is a modern day Ruth Stout, but in (a younger) Thalassa Crusoe body.

Margaret is leading a pack of new, young gardeners who follow her every word. She is the grande dam of the hipster, lifestyle mommy bloggers,  yet at the same time, she is a true homebody, rarely leaving her home and garden ( like a true writer), and this book explores that part of her world in detail.

I found it funny that she frequently mentions that she "really isn't' a horticulturist" especially in this book, which I suppose is true, but she is certainly an accomplished gardener - albeit one who is still learning, (and then, who isn't). Margaret acknowledges in both this and in earlier books, that her garden has changed (i.e. saved) her life.  To her, gardening is not viewed as a an activity, especially one of leisure as it is for many, but she is discovering that it is drawing her in, and in a very intimate way. As Margaret's life evolves, so does her relationship with her space, a space which has gone through tremendous change over the past 8 years.

When Margaret stepped away from her massively powerful corporate job (and life) in New York City, and starting her new life in this little house in rural New York, now only did a new chapter open up for her - I think it freaked her out a bit. And, by writing these first two books, she is confronting this issue. My hope is that as she writes more books, that they will deal more with her garden, now that she has opened her soul, and shared her deepest regrets, hopes and dreams.

Margaret admits that she is a most unlikely gardener and naturalist, yet even though she lived in New York City, she still kept aquariums and started gardening when she was still young. As for many of us, discovering gardening happens in phases, and for that reason alone, this book will appeal to both the beginner, and to the expert gardener, for we all deal with many of the same struggles in the garden and in life. This book is heavy on the philosophy and spiritual aspects of gardening, but we can all use a good dose of that too.

 This is a book more about appreciation, of life and natures irony, It examines in a peaceful way, both the cruel and the sweet gifts of life. This is a book that comes off a little less angry, a little less tense, and it doesn't try to define the irony or reason behind why things happen. It reminds me of her earlier writing (when she was editor at MSLO) I think an article called natures datebook - short essays about chickadees mating, about sowing onions,  hearing the first spring peepers in April or listening to the, June bugs buzzing on the screens on a July evening - even about sound that ice makes when it slides off the roof on a moon lit night in January.

Margaret has found herself, and I think she like her.

49 comments :

  1. I would absolutely love to have a copy of this book. It looks great.
    rsgrandinetti@yahoo(DOT)com

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  2. I've already purchased the Kindle version, but I wouldn't mind having the real thing. Margaret's is one of my favorite blogs and I would recommend that people check out her podcast as well.

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  3. Garden books are a great winter escape. :-)

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  4. I just found her blog and would love to read her book.

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  5. looks like a great book

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  6. I would love to read this.

    slb3334@gmail.com

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  7. Count me in, please!

    Mary Beth

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  8. I totally injoyed her first book and would love to read how the gardening life has deepened for her.

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  9. Anonymous3:15 PM

    I would love to read the book. It looks very soothing and calming--just like the green of the garden!

    Fingers Crossed!

    Kim W.

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  10. I think the cover image is marvelous. That alone motivates me to pick it up and read it.

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  11. Anonymous3:35 PM

    Thanks Matt for this introduction to Margaret's blog and books. Looks like there's fertile ground for reflection here.

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  12. Very intrigued by this book.

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  13. You and Margaret are my very favorite bloggers - you both are able to teach us so much with so few words and great pictures. Thank You.

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  14. I can't wait to get my hands on this book. Margaret is the best and her last book practically saved my life as I too left behind the comfort/uncomfort of the corporate world in pursuit of my own gardening walk of life.

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  15. I'd love to have a copy of this. Her last book was so good, and I'm really looking forward to this one.

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  16. This sounds like a wonderful book to read. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  17. I am a follower and this book so intrigues me. I love to read non-fiction!

    edgenemmers@gmail.com

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  18. google friend kathy pease
    Thank you for the great giveaway please count me in :)
    kathypease(at)gmail(dot)com

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  19. i am a follower on gfc susansmoaks and i would love to win this book, read it and share with my friends and family!

    susansmoaks at gmail dot com

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  20. Sounds like a good read.

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  21. I am a follower on GFC as Jennifer Paige. We are in the process of starting a garden and this would be great for motivation. Thank you for the opportunity!

    nippytay at gmail dot com

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  22. I'd love to win this book! I'm just starting to learn about gardening and landscaping! makeighleekyleigh at yahoo.com

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  23. Thank you so much. Sounds so wonderful!!

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  24. The books sounds wonderful, I would love to read it! Follow On GFC as Italian cutie and thanks!
    jofo120 at yahoo dot com

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  25. I'd love to read this.
    maria_nay at hotmail.com

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  26. This book sounds wonderful. I'd love to win a copy.
    hschonrock at yahoo dot com

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  27. Anonymous1:54 PM

    Not sure if my first comment went through. but I would love this book. Thanks for the chance.
    I am now following your blog.

    Laura Vaughter
    Lovehummingbirds@ymail.com

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  28. Kristi2:31 PM

    This looks like an intriguing read!

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  29. I'm a GFC follower. Kristie Donelson. I'm not much of a gardener but I'm seriously considering it this summer because I have watched lots of food documentaries. Pesticides are only the beginning. The book looks great! kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

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  30. It looks like it would be a good one!

    sheabalentine@yahoo.com

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  31. It looks like a lovely a peaceful book. Makes me want for spring on this below zero day in IL!

    p.s. I'm now following via GFC.

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  32. My fiance recently got into gardening heavily last spring and he was about to start a little business propigating plants and shrubs ..red maples especially and the hurricane came and ruined his entire stock and progress..he is devestated..i feel horrible cause they were his babies..i saw this contest and thought this book would totally cheer him up...he would LOVE it.

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  33. OH I could use a good read at this time of year!!

    Thank you SO much!

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  34. This book sounds great! Something peaceful and inspiring. I would love to win a copy, thanks for the opportunity! I follow by GFC.

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  35. Thanks for the chance! I'm going to start my garden for the first time so this should be helpful

    pattifritz2000 at yahoo dot com
    thank you

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  36. I follow via GFC. I would love to win this book as it sounds like a wonderful read.

    coolestmommy2000 at gmail dot com

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  37. Sounds good. Perhaps she'll give me insight on why my thumb is so black. Follow as /\Heather/\. Thanks!

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  38. What a great book to have in the garden library. Keep up the great work Matt, such a treat to read Margaret's and your blog. Thank you!

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  39. I love your review - definitely sounds like a MUST read for me right now :)

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  40. It sounds like a great book. Thanks for the giveaway. garrettsambo@aol.com

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  41. GFC follower: Atreau.
    I'd love to read this book.

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  42. Debbie Lewis9:04 PM

    I love to garden and this book would make a great addition to my collection.

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  43. follow on GFC
    laurie1993@verizon.net

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  44. I would love to read this book!

    amanda.corley@ymail.com

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  45. Would love to have this book. I follow via GFC as Dana Matthews. bluejeansrosary69@yahoo.com

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  46. I love to discover authors who are "new to me"! Thanks for the opportunity!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  47. This would be a perfect book for me!

    By the way, nice to meet you. I can't wait to delve into your blog! Glad I found you!

    ubrewme@yahoo.com

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  48. would love to read this.

    kat_emerick@yahoo.com

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  49. I would love to have this book! I hope following via RSS counts because it's how I follow all the blogs I like (including this one and a way to garden.)

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