Thursday, April 14, 2011

And I Shall Have Some Peace There (Trading in the fast lane for my own dirt road)

Author: Margaret Roach
Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
(February 23, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 9780446556095

Book Description:
Margaret Roach worked at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia for 15 years, serving as Editorial Director for the last 6. She first made her name in gardening, writing a classic gardening book among other things. She now has a hugely popular gardening blog, "A Way to Garden." But despite the financial and professional rewards of her job, Margaret felt unfulfilled. So she moved to her weekend house upstate in an effort to lead a more authentic life by connecting with her garden and with nature. The memoir she wrote about this journey is funny, quirky, humble--and uplifting--an Eat, Pray, Love without the travel-and allows readers to live out the fantasy of quitting the rat race and getting away from it all.

My thoughts:
Here's a book that feeds the fantasy of most city dwellers. Dreams about having that little quiet place out in the country and living an unhurried life-style have hit most of us from time to time. But how many of us would actually leave a well-paying, glamorous job for that dream? Author Margaret Roach tells us what it's like to do just that.

Although, the title and message seem compelling, I could not get excited about the writing style. I'm sorry to say, it did not pull me in.

(Thank you to Hachette Book Group for my review copy.)

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