A moving true story of the unlikely friendship between two people who had nothing and ultimately everything in common.
Carol Wall is a writer whose articles on family life have been popular features in magazines like Southern Living Magazine and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution for more than twenty years. Juggling her passion for her work as an English teacher with a busy family life raising three children, a foster son and exchange students from Lithuania and Croatia provided her with plenty of material. From her first teaching job at East High School in Nashville, Oprah Winfrey s alma mater, Carol built a reputation for connecting with even the most reluctant student through her gift for storytelling. She taught English in both public and private high schools in Tennessee and Virginia, and served as Writer-in-Residence for Roanoke County Schools. She is a member of the PEO Sisterhood, a philanthropic educational organisation which boasts 250,000 members worldwide and provides college scholarships for women. Carol lives with her husband in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. She has been battling Stage 4 breast cancer since 2008. Mister Owita s Guide to Gardening is her first book.
"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" "With her children grown and out of the house, Carol Wall is obsessed--perhaps overly so--with ripping out her azaleas. That is, until she meets a certain Giles Owita, Kenyan gardener, supermarket bagger, general-life philosopher and perhaps one of the most refined and gracious characters to ever hit the page (except that he's real)... A warning for the shy: The basic goodness of Owita's attitude may cause you to beam spontaneously as you read, leading to off looks from strangers at the coffee shop." --Oprah.com "No green thumb is required to enjoy the warmhearted pleasures of Carol Wall's moving memoir, "Mister Owita's Guide to Gardening."... magnetically compelling ... Grace and gardening go hand-in-glove in this fine book about what really matters in life: friendship, kindness and watching a garden grow." --"USA Today" "A pleasure to read. Wall's bittersweet story of human kindness has universal appeal." --"Kirkus Reviews" "I couldn't put this book down. I found myself liking the principal characters from the opening pages, and my affection for them never wavered. If you enjoy inspirational memoirs or gardening books (or both), this moving account of a life-changing friendship is for you." --Bookpage "A must-read memoir. On the surface, "Mister Owita's Guide to Gardening: How I Learned the Unexpected Joy of a Green Thumb and an Open Heart" by Carol Wall, is a gentle memoir about a friendship between a white woman in Roanoke, Virginia and her gardener from Kenya. But that description fails to capture the book's depth, its sometimes-raw emotions, nor its many surprising twists.... Both shocking and profoundly moving. This book is not just about gardening." --AARP blog "In this heartbreaking yet