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    ISBN: 9781772012842 | Paperback

    200 pages | Pub. Date: 20210215
    5 W × 7.5 H × 0.5 D inches
    featured | Non-Fiction | Bisac: BIO022000
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One Good Thing
A Living Memoir
By M.A.C. Farrant

One Good Thing is a charming collision of memoir with the living, exuberant, and vulnerable natural world. Written in sixty-four short epistolary chapters, M.A.C. Farrant’s latest offering represents a search for hope and appeasement in a rapidly changing and often perplexing society. One Good Thing is also an homage to gardening columnist extraordinaire Helen Chesnut of Victoria’s Times Colonist, each section of the book focusing and expanding on one of her gardening columns.

Using a familiar “Dear Helen” structure, almost every piece in One Good Thing intimately and playfully relates to the gardening article that gave rise to it while simultaneously ranging into myriad other topics, including the author’s creative practice, personal and familial details, and comic riffs on a number of close-to-the-heart themes. With a mindful persistence that’s often hilarious, the book strives to find personal “calm abidance” through the practice of gardening as mediated by the universal and personal practice of writing.

Eleven weeks on the BC Bestseller list

“Very readable — a complex thought written from the heart.”
—Anny Scoones, Times Colonist

One Good Thing shows how garden-variety imperfections can still be instructive, delicious, even wonderful. They can distract us, momentarily perhaps, but to positive effect, from all that remains wrong and bleak and contested in the world.”
—Kyle Wyatt, Literary Review of Canada

“With a witty and playful dose of gardening advice and keen observations about life and self, M.A.C Farrant invites us to question all that we aspire to grow – glee and resilience – in the garden of our hearts and minds.”
—Gregory Scofield

“It has been said that to tango is to walk together exquisitely. M.A.C. Farrant’s wondrous new collection One Good Thing is an invitation to do just that. Filled with the bounty and surrender of creation, each piece is a marvel!”
—Eve Joseph

“M.A.C. Farrant is the most accomplished and unapologetic miniaturist in Canadian letters. In One Good Thing: A Living Memoir, this Queen of Carry-On once again finds a way to pack her small bags with wit, rue, skepticism, grace, puzzlement, charm, self-effacement, occasional righteous anger, and love. She does this so skillfully that what’s compact never seems jammed or overstuffed. In these fond letters to gardening maven Helen Chesnut, M.A.C. Farrant shows herself once again to be a master of the Zen-like art of delivering weight in a way that’s featherlight.”
—Bill Richardson

By M.A.C. Farrant

M.A.C. Farrant is the author of sixteen books: thirteen collections of satirical and philosophical short fiction; one novel, The Strange Truth About Us; a novel-length memoir, My Turquoise Years; a book of humorous essays, The Secret Lives of Litterbugs; and the stage adaptation of My Turquoise Years, which premiered at Vancouver’s Arts Club Theatre in 2013.

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