Backyard Giants

Backyard Giants

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

Large Print - 2007 | Large print ed.
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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. &   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.&   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.&   Funny, sharp, and engaging, Backyard Giants is a romp through acharming corner of American life, as quirky and enchanting as the big pumpkins themselves.
Publisher: Thorndike Press, Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, c2007.
Edition: Large print ed.
ISBN: 9780786299508
0786299509
Branch Call Number: LGE-TYPE 635.6209 WARREN
Characteristics: 445 p. (large print) ; 23 cm.

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PimaLib_SeedLibrary Mar 10, 2017

A funny and at times heart breaking story of a a "close knit tribe of amateur botanists committed to growing the largest pumpkin ever." Narrative follows these zany growers through a full season. A funny read.

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