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The $64 Tomato : How One Man Nearly Lost his Sanity, Spent a Fortune, and Endured an Existential Crisis in the Quest for the Perfect Garden
The 64 Tomato How One Man Nearly Lost his Sanity Spent a Fortune and Endured an Existential Crisis in the Quest for the Perfect Garden
Author: William Alexander
William Alexander had a simple dream of having a vegetable garden and small orchard in his backyard. It was a dream that would lead to life-and-death battles with groundhogs, webworms, and weeds; midnight expeditions in the dead of winter to dig up fresh thyme; skirmishes with neighbors who feed the vermin (i.e., deer); the near electrocution of...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9781565125032
ISBN-10: 1565125037
Publication Date: 4/14/2006
Pages: 288
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  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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3.5 stars, based on 47 ratings
Publisher: Algonquin Books
Book Type: Hardcover
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reviewed The $64 Tomato : How One Man Nearly Lost his Sanity, Spent a Fortune, and Endured an Existential Crisis in the Quest for the Perfect Garden on + 8 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
A pretty quick read, the story is more focused on Alexander's experiences and self-analysis than any horticultural advice, so if your are looking to learn about gardening this isn't really the intent of the book.
reviewed The $64 Tomato : How One Man Nearly Lost his Sanity, Spent a Fortune, and Endured an Existential Crisis in the Quest for the Perfect Garden on + 4 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
I totally agree with the review by Priscila Z. It is a quick and painless read. I enjoy first person books that have a touch of humor, but if you hope to get some gardening advice of any nature out of this book don't bother. I was hoping for grass roots gardening stories but they don't exist in this story. The writer started by having a custom garden created (for $8,500, 20 years ago!) and it went on from there.
Still, a nice diversion from the deeper non-fiction I normally read.
jazzysmom avatar reviewed The $64 Tomato : How One Man Nearly Lost his Sanity, Spent a Fortune, and Endured an Existential Crisis in the Quest for the Perfect Garden on + 907 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
Really can you even imagine spending this much to have a tomato? I can't. This was an enjoyable read about a man obsessed with producing the perfect tomato. Now stop and think about this..unless you are willing to spend gobs of money it will not be possible to grow becasue just as Mr Alexander points out...there are so many things to fight and crisis after crisis to produce this round, juicy red morsel of heaven and rich earth. Some people just become obsessed is all i can say. This was a fun read and made me laugh in several places. Sliced carefully, divided into maybe 6 slices from a large tomato... even a huge juicy tomato from the best southern road side stand will never cost you over a few cents a slice...ever. $64.00 makes me wanna really taste this tomato. :)
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reviewed The $64 Tomato : How One Man Nearly Lost his Sanity, Spent a Fortune, and Endured an Existential Crisis in the Quest for the Perfect Garden on + 193 more book reviews
Was very different from what I was expecting when I ordered the book. But I have to say it was a very enjoyable story of his adventures in the attemp to grow his own veggies. The guy was a good story teller.
donnagail1 avatar reviewed The $64 Tomato : How One Man Nearly Lost his Sanity, Spent a Fortune, and Endured an Existential Crisis in the Quest for the Perfect Garden on + 11 more book reviews
I think I can relate to this book because we have herds of deer that mow everything down and what they miss the gophers get. It is a never ending battle.


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