Step into the Green Pergola and you will quickly realize this is no ordinary store. The scent of rosemary, lavender, and peppermint gently wafts from the displays of homemade soaps, soy candles, and bath products. There’s also an array of teas, a yoga studio, and massage therapy room. Gregory White and Roy Hamilton, both certified aromatherapists, are the co-proprietors of the store, which boasts the playful mission “to make everyone’s bathroom a little greener, one tub at a time.”
This week’s Friday Five features Gregory White’s favorite fiction reads. White, who is himself a published author, favors biographies (he’s presently reading The Six Wives of Henry VIII), but also likes fiction. These are his five favorites:
The Hours, by Michael Cunningham, chronicles the lives of three women, one of which is Virginia Woolf, who is germinating the idea of her novel Mrs. Dalloway. The Hours won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
A Thousand Acres, by Jane Smiley, is the story of an Iowa patriarch who decides to leave his estate to two of his three daughters. A Thousand Acres also won the Pulitzer Prize.
Blackberry Wine, by Joanne Harris, tells of a man who relocates to a farm in France in order to recapture his youth. Joanne Harris also wrote Chocolat.
My Life in France, by Julia Child and Alex Prud’Homme, is the story of her life in France, as she begins to evolve into the famous French chef she becomes.
Practical Magic, by Alice Hoffman, features orphan sisters raised by unmarried aunts who happen to be witches. The movie version of the book, which featured a botanical shop, provided the inspiration for the Green Pergola.
White’s own books, Clucked: The Tale of Chicken Pickin, and Making Soap from Scratch are both available through Amazon.com. Clucked, which is the story of poor Pickin, a free-range chicken who accidentally finds herself with caged birds at a chicken factory, could be mistaken for a children’s book but the story is definitely for adults. The strong message, gently delivered in the style of a children’s fable, is beautifully illustrated by White himself. Making Soap from Scratch offers a glimpse into a soapmaker’s passion and art.
Visit the Green Pergola online at www.greenpergola.com, follow them on Facebook or Twitter (@greenpergola), or visit the retail store at 223 Donelson Pike.
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