Book: Garden Yoga - Memoirs of a Goya by Sherrill Anne Laytoncategories: Book, Gardening, Comedy, Grief, Astrology, Tragedy, Life, Memoir
Sherrill Anne Laytonabout this book: Essentially, the book is a comedy written in a state of grief. So a come-tragedy, if you like. It's philosophical slant takes the reader through the seasons of the year through the prism of gardening as a metaphor for life.
As a memoir, readers will benefit from the humor applied to life's "gate-keepers." Many readers will understand they are not alone in their subjectivity. On Grief, middle age, capitalism, parenthood, etc.—we can all agree experientially.
The book is primarily for adult gardeners, and there's the pun in the title—one, I'm a "goya' in Israel. Two, "goya" is Japanese for pumpkin, which is in keeping with the translated Japanese poetry that begins each "season of the book," and three, it is a spoof on a book about a geisha...
The inspiration for the book came from a garden accident that allowed my grief at that time to tumble out of me at 3AM every morning. It bled out of me in three months' time. The cover of the book reflects the intricacy of branch overlap when trees are not pruned properly—prepare for many a' metaphor! I suppose that was the most difficult part of writing the book, the painful yet necessary "pruning" I experienced during that period.
Research played only a small role in this book, as it is a memoir. If an inner search can be considered re-search, and I think it can, then the whole thing was researched down to the last dirt ball. :) Self-observation is the greatest teaching.
What do I want to say to my readers? Hmn... I love you.
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