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Mumbai Modern: Vegetarian Recipes Inspired by Indian Roots and California Cuisine By Amisha Dodhia Gurbani Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781682686287
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Published: Countryman Press - November 2nd, 2021

"I want to eat this whole book!  Beautiful, achievable Indian food.  A must have for every kitchen!"  Recommended by Lauren.


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Living Untethered: Beyond the Human Predicament By Michael A. Singer Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781648480935
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Published: New Harbinger Publications - April 27th, 2022

"Brilliant!  Min-Blowing!  Heart-opening!  I got it now.  Thanks.  Wow."  -Recommended by Alena


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This Is Not a Book About Benedict Cumberbatch: The Joy of Loving Something--Anything--Like Your Life Depends On It By Tabitha Carvan Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593421918
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - May 31st, 2022

"Part memoir, part cultural essay, this book is actually an ode to passion, enthusiasm, fandom, obsession, and joy - wherever you find it.  Hilarious and insightful; as a self-professed nerd, I felt so seen!"  -Recommended by Molly


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Bittersweet: How Sorrow and Longing Make Us Whole By Susan Cain Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780451499783
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Published: Crown - April 5th, 2022

"From the author of Quiet comes another AMAZING book!  Boy, did I need to read it.  Helped me open uo to my own bittersweet (which I had been closed to recently).  I was surprised how uplifting I found this book.  Feels so good to be re-opened."  -Recommended by Alena


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The Book of Hope: A Survival Guide for Trying Times (Global Icons Series) By Jane Goodall, Douglas Abrams Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781250784094
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Published: Celadon Books - October 19th, 2021

"It had been too easy for me to despair about the world until I found this book, which showed me hope is an action- not a fantasy, but a reality.  FYI, the audio version has the added bonus of hearing Goodalls uplifting voice."  -Recommended by Jeanette


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Punk, Post Punk, New Wave: Onstage, Backstage, In Your Face, 1978-1991 By Michael Grecco, Jim Sullivan (Introduction by), Fred Schneider (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Michael Grecco, Jim Sullivan (Introduction by), Fred Schneider (Foreword by)
$40.00
ISBN: 9781419748547
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Published: Abrams - November 10th, 2020

"For lovers of David Bowie, Devo, and the Sex Pistols, this book is a visual diary from a photographer who has rocked as hard as the bands he features.  Punk lives!"  -Rob


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The Wild Unknown Pocket Tarot By Kim Krans Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780063113732
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Published: HarperOne - November 16th, 2021

"A beautiful mini-version of this gorgeous deck, with full tiny book!  Take it with you in its tin.  I love it!"  -Alena


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Orwell's Roses By Rebecca Solnit Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593083369
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Published: Viking - October 19th, 2021

"Hear ye, hear ye, all you political lefties, avid gardeners, Orwell fans, and knowledge seekers: take a guided tour of interconnected realms you never knew existed.  I love how Solnit leads us downunexpected paths and lets us marvel at what we discover enroute."  -Jeanette


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Creativity: A Short and Cheerful Guide By John Cleese Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9780385348270
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Published: Crown - September 8th, 2020

"Brilliant!  Fun!  Captivating!  Pithy!"  -Alena


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Our Class: Trauma and Transformation in an American Prison By Chris Hedges Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781982154431
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 19th, 2021

"Be astounded by what it takes to overcome the inhumanity of imprisonment, to rise above it, and to create a thing of beauty." - Jeanette


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Why Fish Don't Exist: A Story of Loss, Love, and the Hidden Order of Life By Lulu Miller Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781501160349
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 6th, 2021

This is not only an absorbing profile of an ichthyologist (I couldn't resist using that word!), but also a probing examination of what it means to find purpose in life. Recommended by Jeanette


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Miracle Country: A Memoir of a Family and a Landscape By Kendra Atleework Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781643751412
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Published: Algonquin Books - June 1st, 2021

If you, too, love the eastern side of the Sierras, you will follow Kendra's wandering trail with a heightened appreciation for the area. Recommended by Jeanette


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Oak Flat: A Fight for Sacred Land in the American West By Lauren Redniss Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780399589720
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Published: Random House - November 17th, 2020

This book has the power of a vision quest with its illuminations on Apache cultural history and the boom/bust cycles of a mining town. Recommended by Jeanette


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Every Day Is a Poem: Find Clarity, Feel Relief, and See Beauty in Every Moment By Jacqueline Suskin Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781683644842
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Published: Sounds True - October 20th, 2020

Part poetry/part self-help, this book guides us to open our eyes to the details of life worth writing about and gives us tools to actually write about them. I picked this up and was immediately inspired. A great tool for the new poet and an affirmation to the veteran. Recommended by Rob


How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy By Jenny Odell Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781612198552
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Published: Melville House - December 29th, 2020

So much more than the title implies, this is really a work of philosophy. Full of insight, it explores new questions about how we think these days. Recommended by Christie


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Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope By Nicholas D. Kristof, Sheryl WuDunn Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780525564171
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Published: Vintage - September 1st, 2020

I can't imagine a more vital book for people seeking solutions to the socio-economic problems ravaging our country. Recommended by Jeanette


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Wild Words: Rituals, Routines, and Rhythms for Braving the Writer's Path By Nicole Gulotta Cover Image
$19.75
ISBN: 9781611806656
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Published: Roost Books - October 15th, 2019

This isn't "another book on writing." It's a book that reminds us that it's ok to not be writing but if we want to be writing, there are doors and paths that can lead us out of the dark. Wild Words is:

Refreshing   

EyeOpening   

A Light at the End of the Tunnel

Recommended by Rob


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The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz By Erik Larson Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780385348713
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Published: Crown - February 25th, 2020

A historical and cinematic narrative of non-fiction by a true master, The Splendid and the Vile is the story of Winston Churchill's most difficult years and his greatest triumphs, both worldly and domestic. The amazing Erik Larson hits it out of the park! Recommended by Rob


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Department of Mind-Blowing Theories By Tom Gauld Cover Image
$21.95
ISBN: 9781770463752
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Published: Drawn and Quarterly - April 14th, 2020

Enter the wonderful, wacky world of Tom Gauld and leave with a big smile on your face! In his new collection of cartoons, Gauld focuses his unique humor on the world of science with hilarious results. You might want 2 ... 1 for you and 1 for a friend. Recommended by Jane


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Thriving as an Empath: 365 Days of Self-Care for Sensitive People By Judith Orloff Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781683642916
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Published: Sounds True - October 22nd, 2019

I loved Orloff's book, The Empath's Survival Guide. Here's a lovely check-in and supportive guide for us sensitive souls. Read it daily or as needed -- with gratitude and joy. Recommended by Alena


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Awards for Good Boys: Tales of Dating, Double Standards, and Doom By Shelby Lorman Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143134312
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Published: Penguin Books - June 4th, 2019

A candid, cutting, hilarious, and oh-so-relatable take down of our tendency to celebrate dudes for doing the bare minimum. Stories and comics of bad texts, gaslighting, trash cats, dogpiles, Pygmalion, and more! Recommended by Molly


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The Sun Is a Compass: My 4,000-Mile Journey into the Alaskan Wilds By Caroline Van Hemert Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316414449
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Published: Little, Brown Spark - February 25th, 2020

Confession: I'm only an armchair adventurer. My love of the outdoors doesn't extend to risky escapades, so I vicariously follow others on their treks -- and this one thrilled me. Recommended by Jeanette


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Rough Magic: Riding the World's Loneliest Horse Race By Lara Prior-Palmer Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781948226981
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Published: Catapult - April 28th, 2020

Two amazing feats in one book:

1 - The author won a grueling horse race across Mongolia when all the odds were against her.

2- She keeps you racing along with her wondering how in the world she did it.

Recommended by Jeanette


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A Fire Story By Brian Fies Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781419735851
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Published: Abrams ComicArts - March 5th, 2019

It astounded me that a graphic novel could make the devastation of losing your home in a fire more real for me than any news account or photographs. If you live in Califoria and haven't prepared your emergency evacuation kit -- this will prompt you to do so. Recommended by Jeanete


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Keep Going: 10 Ways to Stay Creative in Good Times and Bad (Austin Kleon) By Austin Kleon Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781523506644
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Published: Workman Publishing Company - April 2nd, 2019

More inspiration and solid ideas from the author brought us Steal Like an Artist. Recommended by Alena


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Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love By Dani Shapiro Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780525434030
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Published: Anchor - January 28th, 2020

Just wonderful*. And impossible to put down. *As is all Shapiro's writing. Recommended by Christie


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The Field Guide to Dumb Birds of North America (Bird Books, Books for Bird Lovers, Humor Books) By Matt Kracht Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781452174037
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Published: Chronicle Books - April 2nd, 2019

Hilariously snarky (yet true) laugh-out-loud descriptions of 50 orth American birds, written by a professional birding amateur. Newver fails to bring a silly smile to my day. Recomended by Vera


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Joy Enough: A Memoir By Sarah McColl Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781631496639
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Published: Liveright - January 14th, 2020

A lovely, sensitively written meditation on grief and joy. Recommended by Christie


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Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country By Pam Houston Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393357660
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - January 7th, 2020

As always, her work is both timeless and exquisitely timely, as she explores the challenges and rewards of loving nature as our hearts break over it. Recommended by Christie


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Women Rowing North: Navigating Life’s Currents and Flourishing As We Age By Mary Pipher Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781632869616
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - March 3rd, 2020

I'm turning 60 this year, and this book is just what I needed to hear! Encouraging, empowering, knowledgeable, and real. Like being in a group of women, led by Mary Pipher, who share their stories to support, harness growth and transformative, meaningful aging! Recommended by Alena


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We Fed an Island: The True Story of Rebuilding Puerto Rico, One Meal at a Time By José Andrés Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062864499
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Published: Anthony Bourdain/Ecco - September 3rd, 2019

In the current onslaught of natural disasters, it's uplifting to read how people united by their desire literally to feed the masses after Hurricane Maria managed to succeed when Trump, FEMA, and even the American Red Cross failed miserably. Their story serves as a model for rethinking emergency relief measures and using a combo of good will and social media to help each other. Recommended by Jeanette


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Ground Rules: 100 Easy Lessons for Growing a More Glorious Garden By Kate Frey Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781604698787
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Published: Timber Press - October 30th, 2018

Down-to-earth tips for gardeners, plus a charming cover and interior illustrations designed by Mia Johnson, who grew up right here in Mendocino. Recommended by Jeanette


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Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive By Stephanie Land, Barbara Ehrenreich (Foreword by) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316505093
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Published: Legacy Lit - January 21st, 2020

This is a story that everyone needs to read -- as citizens, as mothers, as neighbors. But it's also a story that everyone will WANT to read, because it's utterly captivating. I'm grateful to the author for her generosity in sharing her life so well. Recommended by Christie


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Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth By Sarah Smarsh Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781501133107
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Published: Scribner - September 3rd, 2019

You've read the statistics, but this personal story makes it relentlessly real what it is to lead a hardscrabble life in the midst of our times of increasingly politicized socioeconomic disenfranchisement. Recommended by Jeanette


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The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers By Maxwell King Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781419735165
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Published: Abrams Press - September 17th, 2019

I've always been a little obsessed with Mr. Rogers, and this book has caused a serious relapse. It captures the spiritual clarity, the commitment to unerring kindness, and the radical honesty that drew me as a child. And he was full of surprises! I love this book. Recommended by Christie


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Small Fry: A Memoir By Lisa Brennan-Jobs Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780802147219
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Published: Grove Press - June 18th, 2019

Small Fry is excellent -- She can really write. I'd read Lisa's story even if she'd had The World's Most Average Childhood ... which she didn't. Recommended by Christie


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Farsighted: How We Make the Decisions That Matter the Most By Steven Johnson Cover Image
$30.80
ISBN: 9781594488214
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 4th, 2018

LOOK! They've added photographs. Beautiful. Recommended by Christie & Alena


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From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death By Caitlin Doughty, Landis Blair (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Caitlin Doughty, Landis Blair (Illustrator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393356281
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 9th, 2018

Morbid? No way! This is an utterly fascinating look at how we as humans have widely different approaches to death. (Disclosure: I'm a huge fan of the author. Check out her "Ask a Mortician" You-Tube Series.) Recommended by Jeanette


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The Order of Time By Carlo Rovelli Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780735216112
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Published: Riverhead Books - December 10th, 2019

MIND-BLOWING! Elegantly written. Deeply engaging. I actually listened to this book -- read Benedict Cumberbatch -- on my phone! Thanks to Libro.fm. Interested? Ask us how or follow the "All About Audio" link on our Front Page. Recommended by Alena


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Ageless Soul: The Lifelong Journey Toward Meaning and Joy By Thomas Moore Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250141002
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Published: St. Martin's Essentials - January 22nd, 2019

Thomas Moore who wrote Care of the Soul and Dark Nights of the Soul, now brings us a book on soul and aging. Need I say more?  Recommended by Alena.


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Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI By David Grann Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780307742483
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Published: Vintage - April 3rd, 2018

It's a fascinating look at an unsavory time in early modern history. Grann revisits the systematic killings of the Osage people and tells it with the mystique of an intense "whonunnit." And he writes with such character that the real people involved in the case become like sympathectic cast members in a mystery play. This is a must read for American History buffs and mystery lovers! Recommended by Rob


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Lab Girl By Hope Jahren Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781101873724
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Published: Vintage - February 28th, 2017

If you like plants, people, or science, this is for you! It's a lyrical memoir of life in and out of the lab that starts strong and just gets stronger. I loved it! Recommended by Christie


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The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate--Discoveries from a Secret World By Peter Wohlleben, Tim Flannery (Foreword by), Jane Billinghurst (Translator) Cover Image
By Peter Wohlleben, Tim Flannery (Foreword by), Jane Billinghurst (Translator)
$24.95
ISBN: 9781771642484
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Published: Greystone Books - September 13th, 2016

Amazing!!! Here's a forester from Germany whose love of nature from when he was six years old is reignited by what he experiences with trees -- how they communicate through their roots, scream at ultrasonic levels, feel pain, live as family groups, care for their elders and youngsters. Groundbreaking! Imagine a "managed" forest where machines are banned. It exists! Let's spread the word. Anyone who loves trees will love this book. Recommended by Alena & Christie


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It Didn't Start with You: How Inherited Family Trauma Shapes Who We Are and How to End the Cycle By Mark Wolynn Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781101980385
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Published: Penguin Life - April 25th, 2017

When you are ready to dive in and finally do some intense healing, this is the book for you. After laying out the scientific evidence, Wolynn gently walks you, step-by-step, through his path of revealing then healing your inheritied family trauma. Trauma comes in all shapes and sizes. Don't let the word "trauma" stop you from readin this book. Who knows what will be revealed and healed when you do! I LOVED this book!!! Recommended by Alena


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Between the World and Me By Ta-Nehisi Coates Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780812993547
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Published: One World - July 14th, 2015

Do yourself a favor and experience this heartrending account of what it truly means to grow up Black in this country. I can think of no more important book for every American to read. Recommended by Jeanette


Liberating Losses: When Death Brings Relief By Jennifer Elison, Chris Mcgonigle Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780738209487
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Published: Da Capo Lifelong Books - April 14th, 2004

For those whose "grieving" isn't primarily sadness. You are not alone. Recommended by Alena


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The Worrier's Guide to Life By Gemma Correll Cover Image
$16.49
ISBN: 9781449466008
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - May 26th, 2015

Don't worry! Open this book and laugh your a** off.

Recommended by Emily & Alena


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Blue Horses: Poems By Mary Oliver Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143127819
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Published: Penguin Books - October 11th, 2016

Mary Oliver has done it yet again. With trees, birds, rocks, sky and the everydayness of us, she still surporises me alive. Recommended by Alena


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What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions By Randall Munroe Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780544272996
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Published: Dey Street Books - September 2nd, 2014

Hilarious and informative discussion of questions most of us would never think (or want) to ask. No subject is too outrageous to be given serious consideration, not even non-scientific ones like "Soul Mates", "Speed Bumps" or "The Loneliest Human". Reading is believing (and laughing out loud). Recommended by Emily & Terry


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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing (The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up) By Marie Kondo Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781607747307
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Published: Ten Speed Press - October 14th, 2014

It's about keeping only what sparks your joy! Discard first -- by category, then organize. This quirky little book is: Riveting, Surprising, Funny, Dare I say -- A Pageturner! And it works -- I have already unloaded bags and bags of clothes, books, paper ... and I'm still going with a smile. Tidying IS contagious!  Recommended by Alena


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Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory By Caitlin Doughty Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393351903
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 28th, 2015

First, the seemingly irreverent title snagged my curiosity, then the author quickly reeled me in with her anecdotes about working in a crematorium. THIS IS NOT A MORBID BOOK. Intermixed with the droll humor is a love of life that will make you reconsider how our culture treats the dead. Recommended by Jeanette


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No Plot? No Problem! Revised and Expanded Edition: A Low-stress, High-velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days By Chris Baty Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781452124773
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Published: Chronicle Books - September 16th, 2014

Interested in doing National Novel Writing Month? This book will get you through it! It helped me write over 60,000 words last November. Recommended by Alena


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When Money Grew on Trees: A. B. Hammond and the Age of the Timber Baron By Greg Gordon Cover Image
$34.95
ISBN: 9780806144474
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Published: University of Oklahoma Press - March 22nd, 2014

A. B. Hammond, an unrivaled timber baron with activities centered in Humboldt County, converted public domain forests into private wealth. Building an empire on trees, from forest to finished lumber, his biography could be read as environmental, labor, and business history. Also a revealing look at the timber industries that founded Mendocino. Recommended by Katy


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Outside By Barry Lopez, Barry Moser (Illustrator), James Perrin Warren (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Barry Lopez, Barry Moser (Illustrator), James Perrin Warren (Introduction by)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781595341891
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Published: Trinity University Press - March 18th, 2014

 

Stories of humans and animals, life and death, and beauty. With 11 Barry Moser illustrations adding to the reading experience it's a "keeper". I wish I could write like this. I can't ... so I'll enjoy Lopez's storytelling. Recommended by Katy

 


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The Lost Art of Dress: The Women Who Once Made America Stylish By Linda Przybyszewski Cover Image
$31.89
ISBN: 9780465036714
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Published: Basic Books - April 29th, 2014

In the mid 20th century there were women who were called Dress Doctors. On radio shows, visiting women's clubs and in magazines they taught harmony proportion and balance while sewing clothes at home. Knowledge, not money, was the key to timeless fashion on a budget. Generations of women, myself included, grew up taking Home  Economics and learning about color fabric and style as we sewed some of our own clothes. A fascinating look at America's fashion history (and it's decline...) Recommended by Katy


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Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, death, and hope in a Mumbai undercity By Katherine Boo Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780812979329
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - April 8th, 2014

Forget your fear that a book about people in a slum will be too depressing. Although non-fiction, this reads like the best ficktion -- with complex characters who will thoroughly engage you. Recommended by Jeanette


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Aimless Love: New and Selected Poems By Billy Collins Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780812982671
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - October 21st, 2014

I dare you! Open to any page in this book and fall in love with a poem. Billy Collins is fantastic as always. Funny and Brillian. He has an amazing capacity to turn the everyday into the unexpected. Be surprised! Recommended by Alena


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What the F*@# Should I Drink?: The Answers to Life's Most Important Question of Your Day (in 75 F*@#ing Recipes) (A What The F* Book) By Zach Golden Cover Image
$17.60
ISBN: 9780762449071
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Published: Running Press Adult - July 30th, 2013

With a foreword by Jesus Christ, offensive language and not-so-pc cocktail recipes, this book isn't for everyone. But we're not everyone, and we think this book is effing funny! P.S. Try the recipe on page 99. Recommended by Sichelle & Emily


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Knocking on Heaven's Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death By Katy Butler Cover Image
$19.80
ISBN: 9781451641981
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Published: Scribner - June 10th, 2014

Knocking on Heaven's Door by Katy Butler is the most important book you'll read about end-of-life medical care. We can't think of a single person who wouldn't benefit from reading this book! It's not just about dying, it's about life. Readable. Well-Researched. Thought Provoking. Mind-Opening. Honest. Hard to Put Down. Give it to your loved ones. Recommended by Sally & Alena


The Book of Marvels: A Compendium of Everyday Things By Lorna Crozier Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781926812755
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Published: Greystone Books - May 14th, 2013

Just turn to page 8 and read the paragraph you find there. Recommended by Christie


Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps By Kelly Williams Brown Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781455516902
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - May 7th, 2013

This should be required reading for anyone ages 18 - 30. Hilarious and informative. Recommended by Emily


Between Man and Beast: An Unlikely Explorer and the African Adventure that Took the Victorian World by Storm By Monte Reel Cover Image
$19.75
ISBN: 9780307742438
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Published: Anchor - December 3rd, 2013

A young Victorian explorer goes on a quest to discover a then mythical beast ... the gorilla. He encounters swamps, snakes, cannibals and ritual sacrifices; and brings back stories and evidence of Gorillas that rocked Darwin's world. Recommended by Sichelle


The True Secret of Writing: Connecting Life with Language By Natalie Goldberg Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781451641257
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Published: Atria Books - February 11th, 2014

Natalie Goldberg has done it again! Thank you Natalie. I feel connected with my writing again, with myself and the world. I feel connected with practice in a new and renewed way. A joy to read that includes the dark recesses too. Enjoy this book again and again. Recommended by Alena.


The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies? By Jared Diamond Cover Image
$23.00
ISBN: 9780143124405
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Published: Penguin Books - October 29th, 2013

This is a fascinating comparison of traditional societies and modern / industrialized societies, based on decades of the author's experiences in the Pacific Islands. It includes personal anecdotes that add interest without romanticizing the societies of yesterday. Lots of food for thought! Recommended by Joan


The Last Gift of Time: Life Beyond Sixty By Carolyn G. Heilbrun Cover Image
$19.80
ISBN: 9780345422958
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Published: Ballantine Books - April 7th, 1998

I promise you will find this book inspiring, entertaining, enlightening and funny. This gem is a "keeper" to be re-read often!  Recommended by Sally


The Bird King: An Artist's Notebook: An Artist's Notebook By Shaun Tan Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780545465137
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - February 1st, 2013

Shaun Tan, popular illustrator of unique children's books (The Arrival & Tales of Outer Suburbia) shares his inspiring sketch book of unfinished drawings. Recommended by Sally


When Women Were Birds: Fifty-four Variations on Voice By Terry Tempest Williams Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250024114
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Published: Picador - February 26th, 2013

A beautiful book from a beautiful writer. When Terry Tempest William's mother died, she left her daughter a bookcase full of journals she had kept. They were all, surprisingly, blank. Empty. Here are 54 ruminations inspired by that mystery. Recommended by Alena.


Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking By Susan Cain Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780307352156
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Published: Crown - January 29th, 2013

I'm really glad I own this book. What a great resource -- it's validating, helpful, and wonderfully researched. It's great to know, as an introvert, I am not alone! I am not crazy! I am not anti-social! Cain provides insights and resources for being all you are -- out in the world, and in your own inner world. Recommended by Alena


The Journal of Best Practices: A Memoir of Marriage, Asperger Syndrome, and One Man's Quest to Be a Better Husband By David Finch Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781439189740
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Published: Scribner - October 9th, 2012

Diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, but armed with his Journal of Best Practices, David is determined to become the husband he was meant to be. A laugh-out-load "primer for all of us on how to be better partners." Recommended by Terry.


Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman By Robert K. Massie Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9780345408778
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - September 18th, 2012

What an amazing story! 15 years old, with no blood claim to the throne, Catherine becomes the Grand Duchess of Russia, ruling Russia for over 30 years. An inspiring true-life fairy tale. Recommended by Sally