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Book Review: Gardening the Amana Way

By dave
December 18, 2013

Hot off the presses is a new book by author and ATP member Larry Rettig, about gardening in the Amana Colonies. Let me share my review of this interesting and useful book.

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Dec 17, 2013 7:09 PM CST
Congratulations on getting published! Thumbs up Sounds like an interesting book for sure!
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Marilyn
Dec 17, 2013 7:47 PM CST
I agree! Wonderful Larry! Thumbs up
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Sharon
Dec 17, 2013 8:27 PM CST
It is a wonderful book, one I will read more than once. Fortunately I got to visit with Larry and his wife, Wilma, in their home in the Amanas and was taken to every nook, cranny, museum, gallery, and all amazing places mentioned in the book. Tell you the truth, I wanted to stay. There is nothing like seeing and experiencing things first hand and those memories are stored in my box of treasures.

The book covers most everything I was shown, with pictures and words that Larry uses well to make you feel you are right there. It is well worth reading and The Amanas is a place well worth visiting. You'll feel right at home.

Get the book! It's a great read.
Thanks Dave for the review. Smiling
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Dec 17, 2013 8:56 PM CST
"Thanks Dave for the review." I agree I tip my hat to you. Thumbs up

(forgot to mention that in my earlier post. *Blush* )
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Dec 17, 2013 9:33 PM CST
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Will be ordering a copy , I have enjoyed Larry,s many articles , both here and on cubits.
...so how might one go about getting a signed copy? *Blush*
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Dec 17, 2013 9:37 PM CST
Normally most of my book purchases are from Bargain Bins or used book stores. This is one book which I will gladly purchase brand new! My two favorite subjects - history and gardening - with a side order of recipes. Thank you @LarryR (and Mrs. Larry R) and thanks @dave for the great review.
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Dec 17, 2013 10:24 PM CST

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I have always enjoyed history and combine that with gardening techniques, this should make an interesting read. Congrats Larry for being published and thanks Dave for the book review. Winter time is always a good time to curl up with a good book. Thumbs up
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LarryR
Dec 18, 2013 12:35 AM CST
Thanks so much for that nice review (and setting up a drawing), Dave. I tip my hat to you. And thanks to all of you who have responded with such kind and enthusiastic comments. I tip my hat to you.

Everything in the book is near and dear to my heart, and I'm pleased (and relieved) to finally get it all down in one book. One way to get an autographed copy would be to order one online and have it sent to me. Once I have your address, I'll autograph the book and send it to you postage paid. The $15 sale price at my publisher's website (link in Dave's review) is valid through February. You can also order from Amazon for $15.15. I'm assuming that that price will be Amazon's regular price, so it would only cost 15 cents more to order a book after the publisher's sale expires.

I was flabbergasted to learn that the Chicago Botanic Garden is featuring my book on its website, along with a nice review (http://www.chicagobotanic.org/book/gardening_amana_way). In addition, I discovered that a regular reviewer at Amazon has given the book a very positive, five-star review (http://www.amazon.com/Gardening-Amana-Way-Bur-Book-ebook/pro...). I have no clue who "Beth in Iowa," the reviewer, is.

I'm absolutely amazed at this positive turn, since the book's launch was a bust. The entire printing had to be scrapped because the first 16 pages of color photos was missing. My readings at Barnes and Noble and other local bookstores had to be rescheduled for a time when the second printing was ready.

Happy reading to those of you who plan to purchase the book. If you have questions or comments after you've read it, you're welcome to post them here.
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jmorth
Dec 18, 2013 12:46 AM CST
I too appreciate history. Sounds interesting.
There's an Amish settlement where I used to inspect soybean and corn fields; all the interaction I had w/ the local population was always cordial.
Some rural areas there must host some 'progressive' adherents as they drove 16 row planters over some large acreage; at the same time, one had to be cautious of horse drawn carriages.
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Dec 18, 2013 1:12 AM CST
Congrats on the book, Larry! Smiling
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Marylyn
Dec 18, 2013 1:52 AM CST
How neat!!! I can't wait to read the book now. Hurray! Hurray!
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vic
Dec 18, 2013 2:36 AM CST
Thank you Dave for this wonderful review and huge congratulations Larry. Hurray! Hurray!

I also enjoyed the podcast from your local radio station as well Larry Thumbs up

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SongofJoy
Dec 18, 2013 3:50 AM CST
So pleased to learn about this. I know you have written a fascinating read. History is so much better when written by an actual "insider" who knows the intimate details of his or her subject because they have lived it. I'm looking forward to reading your book.
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Dec 18, 2013 5:41 AM CST
It has got to be very rewarding and exciting to have a book published. And when it is about the rich heritage of the area one lives in is even more so. Congrats, Larry!
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Dec 18, 2013 8:06 AM CST
That's fantastic Larry ~ and glad to hear that you're off and running. I love history, and when combined with gardening... how can you beat that?! Congrats!
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abhege
Dec 18, 2013 9:41 AM CST
Can't wait to read the book, and than you, @dave for reviewing so we know about it! Congratulaions, @LarryR!
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jvdubb
Dec 18, 2013 10:10 AM CST
I had never heard of the Amana colonies before. Now I will have to do some research. And plan a trip out that way. Very interesting! Thanks for the review and thanks for writing the book!
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LarryR
Dec 18, 2013 11:42 AM CST
Thanks to you all for your kind words. I tip my hat to you.

We have an Amish settlement in the area as well, J. There is much confusion among tourists, since Amana and Amish are such similar names. The only thing the two settlements have in common is that they were both spawned by the Pietistic Movement in Europe during the late 1600s and on into the mid 1700s. There has been very little contact between the Amana folks and the Amish.
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abhege
Dec 18, 2013 11:47 AM CST
I am vey familiar with the Amish communities as we lived near Lancaster, PA and were also Amish in DE, but i had never heard of the Amana either. I think a trip would be informative and fun!
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LarryR
Dec 18, 2013 12:06 PM CST
For those interested, here are some links to information about the Amana Society:

http://amanacolonies.com/pages/about-amana-colonies/history....
http://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/amana/

There is some misinformation about the Amana Society out there as well. I think the most hilarious statement I've come across is "All land is owned by the government of Israel." (http://www.uwec.edu/geography/Ivogeler/w188/articles/info-ma...). Just like any other area in the U.S., we own our own homes and the lots they sit on. The farmland and timber in the area is owned by Amana Society, Inc. If you own shares of stock, you are free to roam the land, hunt, fish, gather wild berries, whatever. The entire 27,000 acres is a game preserve. As a consequence, we had an overpopulation of deer for many years. That problem was solved by, believe it or not, the appearance of mountain lions way out here in Iowa. We also have coyotes and the more usual complement of Midwestern wildlife. Perhaps the strangest animal to appear is the armadillo. As the climate continues to warm, armadillos are moving north out of Texas and Arkansas and have found a safe haven here in the Amanas.
Gardener was the label imprinted on me when the souls were handed out and so be it. --Margaret Roach (Thank you, Sharon!) Notes from the Garden: Articles of interest on all aspects of gardening
Cottage-in-the-Meadow Gardens: Come on in and take the tour! Check out the photos!

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