From Goodreads: “From stumpy potted houseplants to intricate and delicate flower arrangements, My Life in Plants is a heartfelt, honest memoir that intertwines the complex nature of houseplants with a journey of self-discovery.
From Katie Vaz, author of Don’t Worry, Eat Cake, the beloved Make Yourself Cozy, and The Escape Manual for Introverts, comes My Life in Plants. Her newest book tells the story of her life through the thirty-nine plants that have played both leading and supporting roles, from her childhood to her wedding day. Plants include a home-grown wildflower bouquet wrapped in duct tape that she carried on stage at age three, to a fragrant basil plant that brought her and her kitchen back to life after grief. The stories are personal, poignant, heartwarming, and relatable, and will prompt readers to recall plants of their own that have been witness to both the amazing moments of life and the ordinary ones. This illustrated memoir covers the simplicity of home, the sharpness of loss, the lesson of learning to be present, and the journey of finding your way.“
This was a short, sweet audiobook about the author’s life through the plants in her past and present life, plus the life lessons she’s learnt. The chapters are named after the different plants she’s enjoyed and her story is told chronologically.
My favourite chapters were cat grass, daisies, pink roses, poinsettia, African violet, crab apple tree, lavender and fiddle head ferns The saddest chapter was Boston Fern, you might need tissues for that one.
Taylor Meskimen’s narrator was perfect, as was her pronunciation of all the different plants! She’s a new-to-me narrator and I could definitely listen to more audiobooks with her narration.
If you enjoy gardening memoirs you’ll enjoy this on audio.
Thanks so much NetGalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing for my digital copy via the NetGalley app.