The Ghost Orchard

The Ghost Orchard

The Hidden History of the Apple in North America

Book - 2017
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This is award-winning author Helen Humphreys' fascinating journey into the secret history of an iconic food. Delving deep into the storied past of the apple, Humphreys explores the intricate link between agriculture, settlement, and human relationships. In telling this hidden history, Humphreys writes movingly about the experience of her research. The result is a book that is both personal and universal, combining engaging storytelling, historical detail, and deep emotional insight.
Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollinsPublishersLtd, ©2017.
ISBN: 9781443451512
Characteristics: 234 pages, 13 unnumbered pages of plates :,colour illustrations ;,20 cm.


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Jun 17, 2019

​​2017; HarperCollins Publishers/HarperCollins Canada
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I have not been able to eat apples since my early teens, due to an allergy to raw apples (and some other fruits and vegetables). Apples were one of my favourite snacks to eat, especially with peanut butter (which I also became allergic to around the same time). I do miss them, the crunch and the juiciness. One good thing about books, is that they let you experience you things you might not ordinarily be allowed to. This book was a great mix of history and storytelling of apples. I enjoyed the apple illustrations a lot. I cannot wait to read more by Humphreys!

***I received an eARC from EDELWEISS***

Sep 11, 2018

Murphrys' book, a small offering, comes at times, I believe, to being philosophy. The leitmotif is the apple, common yet at the same time divine. When the Europeans arrived at North America's shores the indigenous people were already cultivating their orchards. Then there's Appleseed Annie and others who spread apples far and wide. And then there's Robert frost: poetry and apples. Ghost Apples precedes at an unhurried pace reflecting the time when apple cultivation was much more common among a more rural population that had to grow themselves what they wished to consume. Written with great insight into an abstruse theme.

A love song to the history of the apple, with excellent illustrations and several sections about true and sad histories of the US Government's destruction of amazing Native American apple orchards to dispossess them of their land. The Ghost Orchard is a list of surviving old apple trees currently living in the North East US. This non-fiction book is part memoir and part travel writing, but enjoyable if you love gardening and apple history. Very much a book about Colonial history with interesting tips about using traditional street names to track where apple orchards once had been.
Rose in PR

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