Backyard Giants: The Passionate, Heartbreaking, and Glorious Quest to Grow the Biggest Pumpkin Ever

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Thorndike Press, 2007 - Crafts & Hobbies - 445 pages
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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.
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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.
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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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User 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

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User 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

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About the author (2007)

Susan May Warren is a former missionary to Russia and an award-winning writer known for her Christian fiction and romance novels. Happily Ever After, Warren's first book, won the American Fiction Christian Writers Book of the Year award in 2003 and was also a 2003 Christy Award finalist. She has since written 14 novels, several novellas and short stories, and two works of nonfiction. Warren currently lives in Minnesota.

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