Ms. Fish, a resident of Pasadena, Maryland, uses her unique sense of humor to introduce us to the Hillery Beach Garden Club. This group of middle-aged, suburban woman has had it with all the female advice gurus and self-help books. They believe that only women with considerable experience should be dispensing such advice. With their combined wisdom of 1,070 years, they are sure that they know it all and begin to compose the ultimate self-help book. The Hillery Beach Garden Club begins each thoughtful chapter with a story/vignette from their own ecogarden that, according to them, illustrates the chapter subject. Then they present the highlights of their chapter discussions for the reader to digest and to become ,so the women assume, a more enlightened female. The women wrap up each chapter with their conclusions, which do not, to the surprise of the reader, quite align with the chapter subject.
As the reader delves into the stories of dogs, cats, flowers, squirrels, birds, and humans, she will also become immersed in the interesting little dramas and personalities of the Hillery Beach Garden Club itself. The reader
will be most amused as the women attempt to bring their book to fruition, against all odds. While the stories of the ecogarden prove heartwarming and most enlightening, it is the funny and insightful discussions of the women
which provide an even greater wisdom.
This report prepared by Patricia Fish