My Favorite Plant

Writers and Gardeners on the Plants They Love

Jamaica Kincaid

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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A delightful compendium of writing on plants.

The passion for gardening and the passion for words come together in this inspired anthology, a collection of essays on topics as diverse as beans and roses, by writers who garden and by gardeners who write. Among the contributors are Christopher Lloyd, on poppies; Marina Warner, who remembers the Guinée rose; and Henri Cole, who offers poems on the bearded iris and on peonies. There is also an explanation of the sexiness of castor beans from Michael Pollan and an essay from Maxine Kumin on how, as Henry David Thoreau put it, one "[makes] the earth say beans instead of grass." Most of the essays are new in print, but Colette, Katharine S. White, D. H. Lawrence, and several other old favorites make appearances. Jamaica Kincaid, the much-admired writer and a passionate gardener herself, rounds up this diverse crew. A wonderful gift for green thumbs, My Favorite Plant is a happy collection of fresh takes on old friends.

Other contributors include:
Hilton Als
Mary Keen
Ken Druse
Duane Michals
Michael Fox
David Raffeld
Ian Frazier
Graham Stuart Thomas
Daniel Hinkley
Wayne Winterrowd

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"An ingenious, varied, and pleasurable collection, certain to strike sparks of recognition in even the most modest gardener."
--Kirkus Reviews
 
"Enchanting."
--Booklist

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Jamaica Kincaid

Jamaica Kincaid's books include At the Bottom of the River, Annie John, A Small Place, Lucy, The Autobiography of My Mother, and, most recently, My Brother. She lives in Vermont.

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My Favorite Plant
Writers and Gardeners on the Plants They Love
Jamaica Kincaid

Hardcover

Hardcover
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
November 1998
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780374281939
ISBN10: 0374281939
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 329 pages
$20.00
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