From stumpy potted houseplants to intricate and delicate flower arrangements, My Life in Plants is a heartfelt, honest memoir that intertwines the complex nature of houseplants with a journey of self-discovery.
From Katie Vaz, author of Don’t Worry, Eat Cake, the beloved Make Yourself Cozy, and The Escape Manual for Introverts, comes My Life in Plants. Her newest book tells the story of her life through the thirty-nine plants that have played both leading and supporting roles, from her childhood to her wedding day. Plants include a homegrown wildflower bouquet wrapped in duct tape that she carried on stage at age three, to a fragrant basil plant that brought her and her kitchen back to life after grief.
The stories are personal, poignant, heartwarming, and relatable, and will prompt readers to recall plants of their own that have been witness to both the amazing moments of life and the ordinary ones. This illustrated memoir covers the simplicity of home, the sharpness of loss, the lesson of learning to be present, and the journey of finding your way.
About the Author
Katie Vaz is an illustrator and hand-letterer based in Endicott, New York. She designs her own line of greeting cards, prints, and other stationery products, which are sold both in her Etsy Shop and in brick and mortar shops across North America. Visit her online at www.katievaz.com.
Katie studied graphic design (BFA) at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY, and integrated design (MA) at Anhalt University of Applied Sciences in Dessau, Germany. Katie is particularly bad at talking about her feelings, so she creates art that can do it for her.
I loved this beautifully illustrated memoir, a deeply personal remembrance about the navigation into adulthood and the plants along the way. It's engaging and touching for plant lovers and humans alike. As someone who also finds joy in watching things grow, I found each vignette touching and relatable. (Lori Roberts, author of A Life of Gratitude)