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Self-deprecating, remarkably devoid of vanity, Alexander willingly sacrifices our admiration and earns our affection in the bargain...

His timing and his delivery are flawless. Introducing an account of his efforts to repel "Bambi and family" — efforts that revolve around an electric fence — he writes, "Before discussing the sometimes grisly details of this battle, I should point out, in the spirit of full disclosure, that I have historically had a poor rapport with animals, all animals: domesticated, wild, just about any kind but grilled." ...

Ask your bookseller for a copy of "The $64 Tomato: How One Man Nearly Lost His Sanity, Spent a Fortune and Endured an Existential Crisis in the Quest for the Perfect Garden," in which William Alexander documents his own worsening symptoms [of Obsessive Gardening Syndrome] in hilarious detail.

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