This is a book reminiscent of the humor of the Prairie Home Companion show, and is easy reading with Americana humor at its best. Butterman's garden comes to life, because he believes his plot of garden in Midwest Ohio is truly a living thing, and he humorously works with Mother Nature, and not against her, as he waits for the often touted global warming in hope his growing season will at last be extended.
Politics and veggies combine, along with some kids, a very real girlfriend named Maria, a gray squirrel and various vines, tomatoes, potatoes, and gourds to form the basis and background of this very funny collection of short stories where each story builds on the last.
This is a great gift for the gardening enthusiast in your life. It is up to date, current, light reading fun, and it will never be outdated. Enjoy reading this very organic, green book with confidence it will not leave you bored but will likely leave you smiling with a fresh outlook on gardening and on life.
Stephen Butterman has a BA from Ohio State University, an MA in creative writing from Eastern Michigan University, and a pending MA in European History. He is widely published in numerous periodicals and has won an unprecedented number of undergraduate writing awards in essay, fiction and poetry. His homespun down-to-earth look at the world, in combination with his knowledge of both gardening and politics, combine to create one very fun and amazing book, perfect for an afternoon read,