Around the House and in the Garden: A Memoir of Heartbreak, Healing, and Home Improvement


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From the editor-in-chief of "House & Garden" comes an inviting and rejuvenating collection of linked essays about the solace and sense of self found through tending one's home. Considering her own divorce, Browning focuses on the relationship between grief and the state of one's home. Line drawings.

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Nov 2, 2008

Inconsistent Storytelling

In this book 'Around the House and in the Garden' author Browning discusses the comfort she finds in her home as she deals with the aftermath of a divorce. Browning is the editor of the decorating magazine 'House and Garden' and I believe the chapters are monthly editorial musings that did not make the magazine pages. At any rate, there is not a cohesive narrative in the book as Browning jumps from topic to topic. Rather than seeming heartbroken by her failed marriage she seems merely bothered. To make things better she indulges in a purchase of a grand piano and a weekend cottage in Rhode Island. If this is what divorce is like--sign me up.

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