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Reviews of The Essential Earthman: Henry Mitchell on Gardening

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Green Star: Good! The Essential Earthman: Henry Mitchell on Gardening is a Bookworm 20 book. Green Star: Good!

Author (1): Henry Mitchell

Hardcopy edition:
Publish date: June 1995
Published by: Peter Smith Publisher
List price: $22.25
ISBN Number: 084466863X

Softcopy edition:
Publish date: February 2003
Published by: Indiana University Press
List price: $16.95
ISBN Number: 0253215854



  Garden Bookworm editor's notes:  
"Let us pinch the petunias, but not the praise: this may be the most soul-satisfying gardening book in years," said the New York Times. Allen Lacy called Henry Mitchell "the funniest and most truthful garden writer we've got."

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Positive GingerGaia On Mar 5, 2013, GingerGaia wrote:

I am currently rereading this book 20 years after I fell in love with it the first time. This is the book that got me hooked on garden writers with a sence of humor.

Positive juanwillis On Dec 21, 2007, juanwillis wrote:

Yes, the subject is gardening, but these are wonderful, funny, insightful essays whether you care a whit about gardening or not. I think the best comparison is E.B. White--if you love one you'll love the other. This is definitely a book to cherish during cold winter evenings while dreaming of the spring to come.

Positive bmuller On Mar 27, 2007, bmuller wrote:

Henry Mitchell is one of my absolute favorite garden writers. He not only provides excellent information but writes about gardens, gardening--and gardeners--in an unforgettable and utterly delightful way. This is a wonderful book.

Positive egm On Mar 25, 2007, egm wrote:

This book arrived this past winter from a lovely cottage neighbour who lives south of the border (Can/US). It is a collection of articles from a columnist in Washington from the 70's/80's. Although it is full of useful information about gardening from zone 7, it is mostly applicable to zone 4/5 as well. It is easy to get caught up in the challenges of gardening and get discouraged, but this witty columnist put a smile on my face, reminding me to relax; that gardening is not a perfect science and everyone fumbles. A wonderful winter read.

Positive Burnet On Jan 21, 2006, Burnet wrote:

Henry Mitchell's books are among the very best garden writing out there. Read them all, and then read them again; they give more at each reading.

Positive Miggy On Jan 22, 2005, Miggy wrote:

Henry Mitchell is not a writer of garden books, but a gardener who writes. I think you'll recognise his writing as coming from one of our own. Passionate, opinionated, and constantly knocked of the high horse by nature herself.
short funny essays, easy read.

Positive slubberdegulion On Jan 16, 2005, slubberdegulion wrote:

Most gardeners probably have already read Henry Mitchell's essays, but to those who haven't, you're in for a treat! His essays are fun and full of good advice (and opinion!). Many are laugh-out-loud funny. He makes me want to run out and do things in the garden; but more importantly, he makes me feel like I'm perfectly capable of doing things out there. His books are among my very favorite garden writing.

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