Mister Owita's Guide to Gardening

Mister Owita's Guide to Gardening

How I Learned the Unexpected Joy of A Green Thumb and An Open Heart

Book - 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.

Publisher: New York : Amy Einhorn Books/G. P. Putnam's Sons, c2014
ISBN: 9780399157981
Branch Call Number: 635 WAL
Characteristics: 294 pages


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Feb 10, 2015

I absolutely loved this book. It brought a feeling of peace to me. Mr Owita really inspired me to treat others with more kindness. He is such a great example to all of us and I was reminded not to judge others if they seem different from us. All of God's children deserve respect.

penenyc Jul 21, 2014

I was expecting more. Ms. Wall lived a life without gratitude until practically the end of the book. She was without any joy, always complaining. I am glad that she learned from the wonderful man and his wife, but too much of the book was taken up with her self-pity.

m2 Jul 10, 2014

Well I wasn't looking for a cancer story, but that's what this really is as well as a story about our unconscious racism. However, it was well written, with a very vulnerable author revealing a lot about herself. Sometimes I didn't want to know her deepest feelings -- as I said, I hadn't "signed on" for a cancer & racism story. I would have liked more gardening and how a garden transforms us.This book is more Carol Wall’s guide to how to see yourself as overcoming racism while still rattling on about yourself.

ontherideau Jun 21, 2014

Triumphant in spirit. With more people like Mister Owita war would have no reason to be.

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