National Book Award nominee Beth Kephart s new book is an enchanting midlife meditation on aging, identity, and memory set against the backdrop of Chanticleer garden in Pennsylvania On the morning of her forty first birthday, Kephart, a mother, wife, and writer pressured by deadlines, finds herself at Chanticleer, one of the world s most celebrated pleasure gardens She kNational Book Award nominee Beth Kephart s new book is an enchanting midlife meditation on aging, identity, and memory set against the backdrop of Chanticleer garden in Pennsylvania On the morning of her forty first birthday, Kephart, a mother, wife, and writer pressured by deadlines, finds herself at Chanticleer, one of the world s most celebrated pleasure gardens She knows little of the language of flowers Week after week, she returns to Chanticleer, recalling her childhood self, mulling over legacy and soul, striking up friendships with gardeners and conversations with other visitors Succored by the seasons and the weather, she finds the grace notes in approaching middle age There are lessons in seeds, and she finds them There are lessons in letting go Kephart writes about questions we all ask ourselves How do we remember who we used to be How do we imagine who we ll become Have we lived our lives as we set out to do What legacies do we wish to leave behind The book spans a two year cycle, and each chapter is accompanied by a gorgeous black and white photograph of Chanticleer by William Sulit Ghosts in the Garden pulses with possibility and purpose, with wisdom that is ageless and transcendent.
Ghosts in the Garden Reflections on Endings Beginnings and the Unearthing of Self National Book Award nominee Beth Kephart s new book is an enchanting midlife meditation on aging identity and memory set against the backdrop of Chanticleer garden in Pennsylvania On the morning of
I enjoyed the meditative mood of this collection of personal essays Also the relative freedom of length some were four or five pages, some were only a couple paragraphs long These sorts of personal, contemplative pieces feel very natural in Beth s voice, especially after two years of reading her blog, which takes the same sort of tone Beautiful photographs of the title gardens, too.
This might seem an odd shelf for this book, but I don t think I ve ever encountered a book about gardens that lifted me up the way this one does and opened my eyes to all the tiny changes in a landscape.Kephart brings a Zen perspective to walking through a garden Beautiful
I love Beth Kephart s writing and this slim little volume delivers Her husband s photographs add a lovely touch.
This book goes on my Favorites bookshelf Gorgeously written A spirit filled wonder Her words capture her experience and I join her as I read these beautiful word pictures of a garden and of life s important passages Thank you, Beth
A lovely little book, I m glad I ran across it
This is a small meditation on the changing of the seasons, in a garden, and in life, and the need to take a step out of that life every once in awhile just to observe, listen, experience something new.Sweet but never sappy, it asks the reader to think about legacies, about how preserving what is worthwhile also includes space for it to change and move forward in its own way on its own pathway, to adapt to the future, not just stay preserved in the past.Most of us have a wish to leave something m [...]
Lately, I have been reading books that take time They are not meant to be read in one sitting This is one of them Kephart spent time at Chanticleer, once a week for than a year In response to her visits she wrote small vignettes about flowers, trees, the gardens and her life.Chanticleer is a garden that was a gift to the world from its owner Rosengarten felt that the land need to be kept as a pleasure garden for the world It was an amazing present to the future.I would recommend this book to ga [...]
It s not much over 100 pages long but it is poetical and sweet There is a pleasure garden near Pittsburgh named Chanticleer and the author went there to contemplate and compile this beautiful book I especially liked the part where she questions how anyone can doubt the existence of God as she looks at a seed and its potential in a garden This small book is a treasure.
I found this delightful small book at the Daedalus bookstore short essays, each with a photograph, about the author s relationship with a public garden, Chanticleer, near her house in Pennsylvania Observations about gardening and the history of the area mingle with the author s meditations at a turning point in her life as a wife, mother and writer A charmingly honest book.
She has such a beautiful way of writing and reflecting on things While the book is short, it is a gem with beautiful photos by her husband I loved the history of the place woven with her experiences and perceptions it all just read perfectly.
Reading this book is the next best thing to making a series of weekly pilgrimages to the Chanticleer Gardens.Coy but not cloying, this is a good inspirational book on an out of the way place of great beauty.
Yes, I am still reading this tiny book It is a lovely little garden philosophy, to read just a little, once in awhile, at bedtime I ll let you know when I am done
A very reflective, exquisite little book.
Some beautiful prose in this book want to read of this author.
What a fabulously written and wonderfully thought provoking book and I m only a short way through it