This book is more of a memoir than anything else. Purifoy shares her experiences of the various places she has lived and the repairs made on houses and rooms. She includes vignettes of the people she has befriended in these places too. She writes quite a bit about their their current home, an old house, how it is falling apart, is a money pit and how the trees are dying. This book was not the inspirational one about placemaking that I had anticipated. I almost felt like I was reading Purifoy's journal entries, selected at random.
The book is informative even if not inspiring. I learned that poison ivy is an American original. I was surprised to find out that the plant becomes more vigorous with increased carbon dioxide in the air and the poison has doubled in strength since the 1960s. (49)
Tree lovers would like this book as it includes much about them. Purifoy has a nice way with words. Her work is a pleasure to read. I just was not that interested in her reliving her experiences. I would have rather had her thoughts on places and what makes them peaceful or invigorating or a blessing. While she included a few of such thoughts at the very beginning, the rest of the book was pretty much memoir.
My rating: 3/5 stars.
Christie Purifoy has a PhD in English literature from the University of Chicago. She is the author of Roots and Sky: A Journey Home in Four Seasons. She lives with her husband and four children at Maplehurst, a Victorian farmhouse in southeastern Pennsylvania. You can find out more at http://www.christiepurifoy.com/
Zondervan, 224 pages.
I received a complimentary copy of this book through Handlebar. My comments are an independent and honest review.