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Sowing Inspiration: Chicken Soup for the Gardener's Soul

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by Marion Owen
December 10, 2000

Sowing Inspiration: Chicken Soup for the Gardener's Soul

1pt.gif (86 bytes)The inspirational power of the best-selling "Chicken Soup for the Soul" books meets the joy of one of North America's number-one pastimes in "Chicken Soup for the Gardener's Soul," arriving in bookstores Feb. 15.
1pt.gif (86 bytes)Subtitled "101 Stories to Sow Seeds of Love, Hope and Laughter," the book is a bouquet of inspiration and insight for anyone who enjoys plants, trees and flowers. For master gardeners, struggling beginners or weekend "lawn rangers," these true stories celebrate love, growth, laughter and lessons learned in the garden.
1pt.gif (86 bytes)There's the story of a little boy who tried to grow doughnuts by planting Cheerios, and a Vietnam vet who had to learn to talk to plants before he could relearn how to talk to people. There's the urban farmer who sowed vegetables but harvested friends, and the dying husband who performed once last secret act of love.
1pt.gif (86 bytes)"The mission of 'Chicken Soup for the Soul' is 'changing the world one story at a time,'" says Jack Canfield of Chicken Soup Enterprises, Inc. "'Chicken Soup for the Gardener's Soul' fulfills that mission beautifully by demonstrating how the love of gardening and growing things truly transforms people as well as places."
1pt.gif (86 bytes)Motivational speakers Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen created "Chicken Soup for the Soul" in 1993, with a collection of inspiring true stories they used in their seminars. The series, now with 34 current titles, has sold more than 52 million books worldwide, and has been translated into 30 languages. Nineteen books from the series have appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists, and seven have reached #1.
1pt.gif (86 bytes)With more than 80 million gardeners in the United States and Canada, and a gardening industry that generates over $40 billion in annual sales, Hansen expects "Chicken Soup for the Gardener's Soul" to be another series bestseller. The publisher, Health Communications, Inc. plans a first press run of 1 million copies--perhaps the largest garden-related publishing event ever.
1pt.gif (86 bytes)CSE has shared the success of its previous books, contributing more than $6.5 million in charitable donations from book proceeds. Four garden-related charities will benefit from sales of Chicken Soup for the Gardener's Soul.
1pt.gif (86 bytes)Another unique facet to the book is the way it was created. Several writers had approached Chicken Soup Enterprises with the idea of a book for gardeners. Five caught CSE's attention: Cynthia Brian, Cindy Buck, Marion Owen, Pat Stone and Carol Sturgulewski. Hailing from Alaska, California, Iowa and North Carolina, the group created the book via e-mail and conference calls. They didn't meet until the book was virtually complete.
1pt.gif (86 bytes)From the Internet to garden club newsletters, the team solicited more than 5,000 stories from around the world, finally narrowing their choices to 101. Authors range from first-time writers to best-selling names such as James A. Michener, Nelson Mandela, Erma Bombeck, Charles Kuralt and Dr. Bernie Siegel.
1pt.gif (86 bytes)Although most stories are from the U.S., the book includes selections from Canada, India, New Zealand, The Netherlands and other countries. "There's a universal love of gardening and caring for plants," stresses coauthor Marion Owen, an avid organic gardener and garden writer from Alaska. "Gardening knows no borders, so it reaches across fences to bring people together."
1pt.gif (86 bytes)The 383-page softcover book and audio versions will be available in bookstores Feb. 15, 2001, and advance orders may be placed with on-line bookstores now. The book is also available in cassette and CD format..




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