Mister Owita's Guide to Gardening: How I Learned the Unexpected Joy of a Green Thumb and an Open Heart by Carol Wall

Mister Owita's Guide to Gardening: How I Learned the Unexpected Joy of a Green Thumb and an Open…

byCarol Wall

Kobo ebook | March 4, 2014

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"In this profoundly moving memoir, Owita teaches Wall how to find grace amid heartbreak and to accept that beauty exists because it is fleeting—as in her garden, as in life." —People, 4 stars

"A perfect spring awakening." —Good Housekeeping

A true story of a unique friendship between two people who had nothing—and ultimately everything—in common.

Carol Wall, a white woman living in a lily-white neighborhood in Middle America, was at a crossroads in her life. Her children were grown; she had successfully overcome illness; her beloved parents were getting older. One day she notices a dark-skinned African man tending her neighbor’s yard. His name is Giles Owita. He bags groceries at the supermarket. He comes from Kenya. And he’s very good at gardening.

Before long Giles is transforming not only Carol’s yard, but her life. Though they are seemingly quite different, a caring bond grows between them. But they both hold long-buried secrets that, when revealed, will cement their friendship forever.

Title:Mister Owita's Guide to Gardening: How I Learned the Unexpected Joy of a Green Thumb and an Open…Format:Kobo ebookPublished:March 4, 2014Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0698150988

ISBN - 13:9780698150980

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Soul touching One day at a time, count your blessings and be grateful. Life lessons book that tissues are needed to complete.
Date published: 2014-07-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An unexpected fulfillment It wasn't quite the self-help nor gardening book that I thought it would be, and that worked brilliantly in its favour. It could have been tacky by using every gardening tip as some sort of metaphor for lessons in life, but thankfully this tender memoir did not resort to such unnecessary tricks. It could have been preachier given its content, but Carol Wall gives a balanced perspective, never lingering on nor overplaying a heavy-handed emotion. "Mister Owita's Guide to Gardening" covered a wide range of topics, from race, religion, gender, wealth, and social status, to humility, health, family, marriage, and friendship; illuminating for Wall and Owita, and perhaps even some readers will take away a thing or two.
Date published: 2014-01-27