The Ghost Orchard

The Ghost Orchard

The Hidden History of the Apple in North America

Book - 2017 | First edition.
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"For readers of H is for Hawk and The Frozen Thames, The Ghost Orchard is award-winning author Helen Humphreys’ journey into the secret history of an iconic food. Delving deep into the storied past of the apple in North America, Humphreys explores the intricate link between agriculture, settlement, and human relationships. Humphreys brings light to such varied topics as how the apple first came across the Atlantic Ocean with a relatively unknown Quaker woman long before the more famed 'Johnny Appleseed'; how bountiful Indigenous orchards were targeted to be taken over or eradicated by white settlers and their armies; how the once-17,000 varietals of apple cultivated were catalogued by watercolour artists from the United States’ Department of Pomology; how apples wove into the life and poetry of Robert Frost; and how Humphreys’ own curiosity was piqued by the Winter Pear Pearmain, believed to be the world’s best tasting apple, which she found growing beside an abandoned cottage not far from her home. In telling this hidden history, Humphreys also writes about the experience of her research, something she undertook as one of her closest friends was dying. The result is a book that is both personal and universal, combining storytelling, historical detail, and deep emotional insight."--
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario, Canada : HarperCollins Publishers Ltd. [2017]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781443451512
Branch Call Number: 634.11097 HUMPH
Characteristics: 234 pages : colour illustrations ; 20 cm


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ontherideau Apr 17, 2018

An interesting history of apples and more. Beautiful sketches of apples from days before cameras.

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ontherideau Apr 17, 2018

An interesting history of apples and more. Beautiful sketches of apples from days before cameras.

Jan 31, 2018

This is a great Book! Who knew apples could be so interesting. Very well written and researched and of course by a Canadian. Wonderful, easy to read, I can't say enough about how great this book is. I certainly will be paying apples more attention.

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