‘Mister Owita’s Guide to Gardening’: A Must-Read Memoir

On the surface, Mister Owita’s Guide to Gardening: How I Learned the Unexpected Joy of a Green Thumb and an Open Heart by Carol Wall, is a gentle memoir about a friendship between a white woman in Roanoke, Virginia and her gardener from Kenya. But that description fails to capture the book’s depth, its sometimes-raw emotions, nor its many surprising twists. At the book’s beginning, the author Carol Wall is 52. Married to her high school sweetheart, she is the mother of three, …