Next, her concern about the apples in the family orchard's returned me to our many family trips to pick cherries in Yakima. The picture below is a flowering cherry, much easier to take care of and very beautiful and more suited to urban Northwest life.
I guess, in some sense, we all feel defensive about our lives, wanting to prove to others that what they laugh and ridicule us about isn't true and that shows up in memoir in a variety of ways. Leila Philip's turns her mouldering old family history into family connection and into pride in her family's accomplishments, especially her mother's as she moves her farmlands into using more natural means for protecting the crops.
Another feature that shows up in her memoir is the search through family history and a connection to someone else who shares her interest in who the founders of the property and orchards are. I have an interest in history but I find the scenes where she is working in the fields much more compelling, perhaps because I like to escape my chair.