by Margaret Roach – $16.50
This is a book about the life and choices of Margaret Roach, Editorial Editor for Martha Stewart Living’s Omnimedia, a New York Times editor and a gardening book editor, a woman who had everything but felt unfulfilled.
In July 2008, Margaret decides to leave her high-powered job and Manhattan city home and move to Copake Falls, a small hamlet in New York State, which was her weekend home. The book follows her decision and what happened following that decision.
Calling herself a work in progress, Margaret moves in and spends the first weeks mostly sitting, wondering how she will fill in her time. Then came (a) the needed repairs to her home and learning the hard work to do repairs; (b) making a garden and keeping it free from marauding squirrels, foxes and other wildlife; (c) coping with electrical storms, power outages, more rain than needed, and lots of snow during the winter.
A big step for Margaret was overcoming her phobia of snakes – especially the ones who wanted to share her home with her. Also, not being a cat person, Margaret finds herself adopted by a very large black and white cat named Jack.
The book contains passages about her relationship with Jack and, by the end of the book, Margaret clutches Jack to her and says, “I can’t believe how much I love you.”
Margaret shares that she gets enjoyment from the frogs in her frog pond and the birds in her trees. Margaret does find peace in the country as she relaxes into the yearly seasons, cultivating patience through her connection with nature and enjoying solitude.
This book is funny, moving, inspirational, and joyously written.