The Ghost Orchard

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by Helen Humphreys | Outdoors & Nature |
ISBN: 9781443451512 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingGoryDetailswing of Nashua, New Hampshire USA on 6/3/2020
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Journal Entry 1 by wingGoryDetailswing from Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Wednesday, June 03, 2020
I got this ex-library hardcover from Better World Books, for another release copy.

Very enjoyable read, from the haunting accounts of the long-vanished orchards to the much-appreciated look at some of the artists who created the lovely images of different varieties of apples. (Some years back I was able to sample a variety of heirloom apples through a Michigan-based farm that provided species not available to supermarkets, and I saw some of those varieties pictured in this book - a nice memory for me there!) I also appreciated the "Robert Frost" chapter; I've visited the Derry farm where he worked an orchard for several years, and I love his poetry. The chapter also had some touching memoirs from the author about herself and a friend, tying them in to the Frost retrospective. (Her description of Frost's orchard in Ripton, Vermont made me want to add that to the "road trip when it's safe to travel long distances" list.)

And there's more, including the author's whimsical imaginings about the possible discovery of the White Winter Pearmain apple that she began her account with. And this quote:

"It is an intimate act, tasting an apple - having the flesh of the fruit in our mouths, the juice on our tongues. Ann Jessop bites into an apple in an English orchard in the hot summer of 1790 in the middle of her life, and I bite into the same kind of apple in 2016, in the middle of my life, and taste what she did. For the time it takes to eat the apple, I am where she was, and I know what she knows, and there is no separation between us."

Journal Entry 2 by wingGoryDetailswing at Little Free Library, New Searles Rd in Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Released 1 mo ago (7/15/2020 UTC) at Little Free Library, New Searles Rd in Nashua, New Hampshire USA


Guidelines for safely visiting and stocking Little Free Libraries during the COVID-19 pandemic, from the LFL site here.

I left this book in my Little Free Library; hope someone enjoys it! (If it goes unclaimed until fall I may relocate it to an apple orchard...)

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