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Includes the name: Debra Lee Baldwin

Works by Debra Lee Baldwin


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Short biography
[from author's website]
Debra spreads the word about “plants that drink responsibly” via books, articles, photos, videos, social media, public speaking, radio, podcasts, and TV. Her YouTube channel has more than 8,000,000 views. Debra's popular ”Celebrating the Joy of Succulents” newsletter presents design, succulent gardening essentials and discoveries she's eager to share. Debra lives in “the epicenter of all things succulent:” San Diego's North County, home to more succulent specialty nurseries and wholesale growers than anywhere else in the world.



nonfiction/gardening. Valuable info about types of cacti and succulents (for those that have a lot of mystery acquisitions), HOW TO PROPAGATE AND CARE FOR THEM, and tons of inspiration for creating lovely arrangements (and accompanying advice on when you'll likely need to re-pot said arrangements).
reader1009 | 2 other reviews | Jul 3, 2021 |
A good book to read as well as keep for reference. Lots of full color photos, descriptions of plants, motivating examples of landscaping and great ideas for combining various types to plant in pots. A plus is the section on "crafting" with succulents - step by step photos and descriptions of fun ideas to make. I borrowed this book from the library but it would make a great gift to have as a reference.
PhyllisReads | 3 other reviews | Apr 27, 2019 |
This book was "OK" but there are lots better ones out there, even by this author.
PhyllisReads | 2 other reviews | Apr 27, 2019 |
Terribly written book that doesn't tell all that much. I don't eat fast food that often anymore but I do really enjoy books about the rise of these companies and the stories behind them. Taco Bell was a favorite for many years and so when I spotted this book with the somewhat quirky picture I thought it would be a good read.
Unfortunately it's really not. The book is not really the story of Taco Bell but the rags to riches tale by Glen Bell. That in itself is not a big deal (that can always be interesting) but the author is a dreadful writer and it's clear that the subject either had a hand in it or Taco Bell's lawyers were looking over her shoulder or she's just a bad writer. Or maybe all three.
As others write, there appear to be a lot of gaps in the story. Taco Bell has a rough start, goes through various incarnations as Bell tries to find his footing and all of a sudden it's successful. There are a few reviews on Amazon that read a bit as sour grapes, but I wonder if there's something to it. Every business has its ups and downs, rough patches, feelings that get hurt. I respect that this is Bell's story but it's not really an interesting tale.
Personally I still find 'In-N-Out Burger: A Behind-the-Counter Look at the Fast-Food Chain That Breaks All the Rules' as my favorite book in this type of genre. It's a well-written soap opera that traces why In-N-Out is what it is today. Although I know Baldwin's book is significantly older, I can't say I really got much out of the story she was trying to tell.
I've had his on my reading list for years and finally bought it used when I couldn't get it elsewhere (as I also believe it's out of print). Wouldn't bother with it unless you're actually curious.
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HoldMyBook | 1 other review | Feb 11, 2018 |

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