Backyard Giants: The Passionate, Heartbreaking, and Glorious Quest to Grow the Biggest Pumpkin Ever
In the tradition of Word Freak and Confederates in the Attic, a charming, witty account of a season in mad pursuit of the world ' s largest pumpkin.
Every year, the race to grow the biggest pumpkin in the world draws a rowdy crowd of obsessive gardeners to county fairs and weigh-offs across the country. The competition is furious; there ' s sabotage and treachery and the heartbreak of root rot, and many a weigh-off ends in tears. This year more than just the grand prize is at stake. The Holy Grail is within reach: the world ' s first fifteen-hundred pound pumpkin.& nbsp; And Ron and Dick Wallace will stop at nothing to get it.
Backyard Giants follows a tumultuous season in the life of a close-knit tribe of competitors as they chase down the ultimate pumpkin prize. In the grueling and gut-wrenching quest for truly colossal fruit, vacations are postponed, marriages are strained, and savings accounts are emptied. Backyards are converted into leafy laboratories of biogenetics and toxic chemicals -- to say nothing of pumpkin sex. Riding shotgun with Ron and his father Dick, Wall Street Journal editor Susan Warren brings to life a winning and unforgettable crew of pumpkin lunatics: the newbie who shocked everyone by growing the big one last year; the pro-bono slime scientist; the groundhog assassin; and the safety trainer who risked electrocuting himself to save his patch.& nbsp; Funny, sharp, and engaging, Backyard Giants is a romp through acharming corner of American life, as quirky and enchanting as the big pumpkins themselves.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - mstrust - LibraryThing
Warren, who writes for The Wall Street Journal, enters the world of competitive pumpkin growers, the people who spend up to six months a year growing the massive pumpkins of over 1000 lbs for ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - satyridae - LibraryThing
Good clear reporting couldn't redeem this for me. I just couldn't bring myself to care about the big pumpkins or their caretakers. It makes me feel somehow inadequate when a well-written book fails to move me, but this one left me cold. Read full review