paperback-release giveaway: 5 ways to help

jack in bed with book

I’D RATHER TALK ABOUT PLANTS, but this week I need to make an exception and hit you up for a hand. My 2011 memoir “And I Shall Have Some Peace There” comes out in paperback, and since book-writing is key to the scaled-down life I’ve consciously chosen since I left the city fastlane four years ago, I’m asking five things you can do to help me succeed. Other than buying a book, the asks cost nothing at all–and hey, I’m even offering a chance to win the new paperback to sweeten the deal. As you can see, Jack the Demon Cat (a star of the book) thinks it’s a good read to tuck into bed with. Won’t you:

 1.  Buy a book (you knew that was coming, didn’t you?). If you want one that’s autographed and gift-wrapped, order here (paperback or hardcover).

2. Go post a quick “review” on Amazon. So many of you have written personally to me to tell me what you thought of the book (some of those comments are below)—go tell others, won’t you? It just takes a minute, and you don’t have to have purchased there. Big help!

3. Likewise, Goodreads [dot] com is a wonderful place to share book recommendations—and get them, too. Put “Peace” on your Goodreads “bookshelf” with a comment if you are a user there.  You can start here, at my “bookshelf.”

4. Share and Like my book video on your Facebook page or elsewhere. If you haven’t already, join, or “Like” my book’s page on Facebook. (There’s one for the garden blog, too—you should ALL be using that one, where there’s always something new and fun under discussion!)

5. Go ahead, just share this post in whatever way you like—using the Facebook or Twitter icon below. Spread the word.

What Readers and Reviewers Have Said

Want to learn more about the book? It’s here on my book blog, and there’s also a list of some press it got over the last year. Here’s what some reviewers and other readers have said:


  • “If you loved Annie Dillard’s A Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, you will enjoy this book. It is a pilgrimage from city to country, from urban frenetic activity to stillness, snow and isolation. Written in a poetic, stream of consciousness style, it’s about an emotional journey of a woman forging a new identity via her country house and garden.”
  • “I randomly picked up your book off the new non-fiction shelf in our local library without really knowing anything about it. The title seemed to speak to me and so it came home in my library bag. I wholeheartedly believe that you are one of my messengers, helping me to find myself, my way and my own peaceful place. Thank you.”
  • “Reading your book has inspired me! I have begun tunneling my way out of my corporate prison, just wish I had a bigger spoon to dig with.
  • “Thank you for digging deeply in those dark corners and sharing your story. Next chapter, please!”
  • “You bring smiles and solutions and great wit to those of us who love to garden. You are a gift.”

PEOPLE: (3.5 of 4 stars)
“Her writing is witty and elegant, proof that despite her seemingly perfect fast-lane life, she was indeed meant for more artistic pursuits.”

KIRKUS REVIEWS (starred review)
“A moving, eloquent and joyously idiosyncratic memoir.”

“As she moves through the seasons of her first year in self-imposed exile, Roach limns a reflective odyssey for affirmation and acceptance that blends Zen-like wisdom with zany escapades.”

“With my own happiness project, I never left my own neighborhood; for her happiness project, Margaret left New York City and a big job with Martha Stewart Omnimedia to move to upstate New York to reconnect with her first passion, gardening. Her account of what happened, and what she learned, is very powerful.”

“While Roach loved her high-powered career…[she] craved something more. Or, actually, something less. … Turns out, Roach wasn’t actually running away in 2008 when she quit her job and left the city to live in her rural home full-time. Rather, she was running toward something: herself.”

“This book is an honest, inspirational and often droll account of Roach’s epiphany, much of it garnered through the garden: she has finally claimed her passion, and with it, her own salvation.”

“In a beguiling style with an idiosyncratic flair for language, Margaret (sorry if it seems too chummy to call her by her first name, but I feel like I know her now) tells the story of how she ‘popped the lid off a reservoir of yearning’ and left a decades-long career in mainstream New York publishing. … Nothing much momentous takes place, unless you call reclaiming your own life momentous, and I do.”

“Like the woman herself, Margaret’s new memoir is inspiring, but it’s the sort of encouragement of a close friend. This is not a bulletin-pointed instructive how-to of living your dream life. It’s the deliciously intimate story of a woman who feels like a pal through the pages, never too serious to miss a joke and never too silly to see the signs.”

From bestselling food author DORIE GREENSPAN, via Twitter
“I missed the Sheridan Square subway stop because I was reading your book. You are an extraordinary writer w/ a fascinating story to tell. I’m reading it slowly–don’t want it to end.”

How to Win a Paperback

TO WIN ONE OF THREE SIGNED COPIES of the new paperback edition of “And I Shall Have Some Peace There,” you need to comment below by telling me which one(s) of the five easy asks above you did. It’s an honor system, but I think you’re a pretty honorable group!  I’ll draw the three winners at random after entries close at midnight Sunday, February 5. Good luck to all—and thank you in advance for helping spread the word.

  1. Suellen says:

    I “liked” your book page on facebook. I already follow your garden book. I’ve read your book and loved it, but would like to have an autographed copy. I admire your courage, giving up the city life and taking on the busy but meaningful life you have now!

  2. Karen Brown says:

    I watched you video and it was wonderful. Just watching it made me feel wonderful. I am trying to live my life like this. At 63 I know it is now or never. Life is short. My garden also brings me peace. It is shared on facebook.

  3. Lorraine says:

    Not on FB and twitter. I have been a fan for many years. A Way to Garden has been on my coffee table forever. Spreading the news by word of mouth.

  4. Jeanie says:

    I do enjoy your website so much…retiring this month to build a new home out in the Eastern Tennessee area. This will be my 2nd country adventure. Having gardened with roses,, fruits/vegetables, perennials, herbs for nearly 40 odd years I am planning to have all of this again…I am thinking this will see me thru , between travel, reading, volunteering, family , gardening, farming I am set to go…your book offering looks to be delightful and will be reading it soon…by the way did I mention trout fishing, canoeing , hiking the great Smokies…all these are a stone throw from my Summer’s Hill retreat. I also am an artist and needlecrafter…hope I have saved enough time to enjoy all my pleasures. You are a treasure and I enjoy reading your site so much…

  5. I did the #1 (signed copy) awhile back but would really like to win a paperback for my mother to read (she doesn’t like hard cover books for some reason). I also did the #4 just now and Facebook Liked the book!

    P.S. just noticed my mums are coming up…. on Groundhogs Day?

  6. Beth says:

    Glad to spread the word about your book at my garden club, and to “like” the book on Face Book. Thanks for the opportunity!

  7. Margaret says:


    Congratulations to Suellen, Katie and Gee Gee (whom I will notify by email under separate cover), each drawn by random using the tool at random [dot] org.

    Thanks to all of you for your help with this, and your ongoing encouragement. Next book handed in January 17…editing now…coming out January 2013. Hard to believe!

  8. BooksInGarden says:

    You are on my GoodReads gardening bookshelf along with Amy Stewart, Pat Welsh, Nan Sterman, Mary Irish, Karel Capek, Tovah Martin, Beverly Nichols, Tracy DiSabato-Aust and others. This is my choice selection from the best of the garden writers – with a strong bias to gardening in southern California, with fond memories of England.

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