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Life Ceremony: Stories By Sayaka Murata, Ginny Tapley Takemori (Translator) Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780802159588
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Published: Grove Press - July 5th, 2022

Unnerving and mind bending, Murata’s stories encourage the reader to look inquisitively at the way we live.


Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses By Robin Wall Kimmerer Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9780870714993
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Published: Oregon State University Press - March 1st, 2003

Braiding Sweetgrass By Robin Wall Kimmerer Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781571313560
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Published: Milkweed Editions - August 11th, 2015

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August: A Novel By Callan Wink Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812983906
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - October 19th, 2021

Callan Wink's latest novel, August, explores coming of age in a masculine and violent world as a young and impressionable man.  We follow August from a fledgling teen in Michigan to adulthood in Montana as he navigates predicaments all too common for males in today's society.  Set against the backdrop of Montana's Big Sky, Wink weaves a venerable tale written with simple honesty and the elegant prose of the likes of William Kittredge and David James Duncan.


Hurricane Lizards and Plastic Squid: The Fraught and Fascinating Biology of Climate Change By Thor Hanson Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781541672420
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Published: Basic Books - September 28th, 2021

Among Flowers: A Walk in the Himalaya By Jamaica Kincaid Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780374538101
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Published: Picador - December 1st, 2020

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Home Waters: A Chronicle of Family and a River By John N. Maclean Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062944603
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Published: Mariner Books - June 14th, 2022

Even if you aren’t into fly fishing, Home Waters, is an enchanting exploration of Montana life in the 20th century.

 


Beautiful World, Where Are You: A Novel By Sally Rooney Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781250859044
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Published: Picador - June 7th, 2022

Book of the Little Axe By Lauren Francis-Sharma Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780802158543
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Published: Grove Press - May 18th, 2021

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Calling for a Blanket Dance By Oscar Hokeah Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781643751474
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Published: Algonquin Books - July 26th, 2022

A story of the importance of family and the power of forgiveness in helping the hurt heal and inspire change in even the most damaged souls.  Opening with an act of violence that leads to the unraveling of an already struggling family, Hokeah uses several family members to tell the story of a single member, Ever, and his redemption through their eyes. 


The Little Prairie Book of Berries: Recipes for Saskatoons, Sea Buckthorn, Haskap Berries and More By Sheryl Normandeau, Tree Abraham (Illustrator), Meryl Hulse (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Sheryl Normandeau, Tree Abraham (Illustrator), Meryl Hulse (Illustrator)
$22.00
ISBN: 9781771513425
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Published: Touchwood Editions - November 2nd, 2021

How to Catch a Mole: Wisdom from a Life Lived in Nature By Marc Hamer Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781771649940
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Published: Greystone Books - June 14th, 2022

The Willow Field (Vintage Contemporaries) By William Kittredge Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781400034123
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Published: Vintage - October 9th, 2007

Botany in a Day: The Patterns Method of Plant Identification By Thomas J. Elpel Cover Image
$36.00
ISBN: 9781892784353
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Published: HOPS Press - May 15th, 2013

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Perma Red By Debra Magpie Earling Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781571311467
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Published: Milkweed Editions - August 23rd, 2022

With the prose of a poet, Debra Magpie Earling weaves a powerful tale of cursed love, lust and life on the Flathead Indian Reservation.  Rich with the language of place and studded with the wisdom and wit of a writer that belongs to the community she writes about, Perma Red wraps the reader in a fevered dream where reality is blurred with visions that pivot between hope and dread in a single sentence. 


The River Why By David James Duncan Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316261227
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Published: Back Bay Books - March 29th, 2016

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Before The Big Bang: The Origin of the Universe and What Lies Beyond By Laura Mersini-Houghton Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781328557117
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Published: Mariner Books - July 19th, 2022

I won’t claim this was a simple read or that I understood every theory of our universe’s creation, but Mersinini-Houghton unveils the universe and the universes that exist beyond with the skill of a patient teacher.  Her physics lessons are threaded with memories of her upbringing in Albania under a stifling dictatorship.


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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

Through philosophy, art and ecology Jenny Odell provides a well researched argument for removing oneself from the demands of a technology driven world “to do nothing” so that ultimately we can “do something” with greater impact and purpose.  A call to wake up to the world around us by paying closer attention, so that we can more effectively advocate for ourselves, but also the sustainability of our local communities and global society.


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Elsewhere: A Novel By Alexis Schaitkin, Elishia Merricks (Preface by) Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250219633
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Published: Celadon Books - June 28th, 2022

Elsewhere is the unsettling tale of a town isolated both socially and geographically, giving the dynamics amongst inhabitants and outsiders a cultish air. In this town all seems enchanting, but for an unimaginable curse that steals mothers from their children.  A creative examination of motherhood and its boundless love, Schaitkin’s writing is captivating, eerie and filled with subtle clues that all is not as it seems leading the reader on an unforgettable journey.


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Cassoulet Confessions: Food, France, Family and the Stew That Saved My Soul By Sylvie Bigar Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781743797969
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Published: Hardie Grant - September 13th, 2022

Part food history, part memoir, part travalogue, this exploration of the origins of cassoulet leads author, Sylvie Bigar, down memory lane as she discovers things aren’t as they seem.  Though at times a little bougie, her writing is vivid, her story entertaining, heartbreaking but above all delicious.


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The Book of Difficult Fruit: Arguments for the Tart, Tender, and Unruly (with recipes) By Kate Lebo Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781250829474
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Published: Picador - April 12th, 2022

Home economics meets culture, history and a personal memoir.  Read this one like a winter orange, peel back the cover and savor, section by section.

 


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Factory Girls By Michelle Gallen Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781643752457
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Published: Algonquin Books - November 29th, 2022

Gallen does it again in this riotous tale of a community divided and the personal stories of those caught in the crossfire of religious and political conflict.  Those unfamiliar with the history of Northern Ireland might appreciate reading We Don’t Know Ourselves as well.


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Nowhere Girl: A Memoir of a Fugitive Childhood By Cheryl Diamond Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781643752518
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Published: Algonquin Books - June 14th, 2022

An unbelievable story of a childhood like no other.  Diamond humorously recalls her life on the run from Interpol as a child and teenager.  Educated meets Captain Fantastic.


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The Year of Magical Thinking (Vintage International) By Joan Didion Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781400078431
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Published: Vintage - February 13th, 2007

A personal story and well researched examination of the process of mourning.  Heart wrenching, but as any work by Joan Dideon, it’s worth it.

 


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Ridgeline: A Novel By Michael Punke Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250310460
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - June 1st, 2021

Thoroughly researched and well written, Ridgeline is a work of fiction based on the true story of a pivotal moment in the opening of the West to white settlement and the clash of cultures that ensued.  It’s a page turner that will leave you wanting to know more about the characters that thread the story together.  Suggested next read: Lakota America and the Autobiography of Red Cloud.


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Normal People: A Novel By Sally Rooney Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781984822178
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Published: Hogarth - April 16th, 2019

Rooney’s formula for writing stories about the tragic and complicated lives of millenials just doesn’t get old.  In her second book, Normal People, Rooney leaves the reader cringing and cheering for her characters as they struggle to realize how lucky they really are in spite of the anxieties we all face.

 


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Summer Kitchens: Recipes and Reminiscences from Every Corner of Ukraine By Olia Hercules Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781681885704
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Published: Weldon Owen - July 14th, 2020

Olia Hercules, Summer Kitchens, is more than a celebration of summer's bounty, it's a tribute to the collective culture of the diverse people that call Ukraine home.  Through Hercules's recipes and story telling, Ukraine is revealed as a country with an ecologically rich terrain and a history marked by overcoming hardship.  The recipes she shares are at times easily overlooked for their simplicity, such as fermented baked milk, turnip salad and beet tops, but the stories she shares about their history and symbolism in Ukraine's evolution as a nation make this collection of recipes particularly felicitous despite publication in 2020.  

 

Broken into sections including ferments, breakfasts, soups, breads, vegetables, meats and desserts, the reader is treated to a sampling of dishes to be served throughout the seasons and an education in traditional methods of preserving, baking and serving dishes.  I'll certainly be making tomato mulberry salad, fermented apples in pumpkin mash, borscht with duck and smoked pears and flourless poppyseed cake as the garden gives and the year unfolds.  This heartwarming tribute to a culture once again threatened, gives context and hope for the resilience of the Ukrainian people


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The Guncle By Steven Rowley Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780525542308
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - April 5th, 2022

Sometimes you just need a good summer read.  Guncle, recently out in paperback, hits the mark with a storyline that is both humorous and emotionally engaging.  You'll chuckle through tears, as GUP (Gay Uncle Patrick) helps his young niece and nephew navigate the loss of their mother, Sarah, his best friend and brother's wife.  Filled with relatable moments of child rearing balanced with life lessons even adults struggle to learn, there is just enough seriousness in Rowley's story to make Guncle a worthy summer read any time of year.


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New Naturalism: Designing and Planting a Resilient, Ecologically Vibrant Home Garden By Kelly D. Norris Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780760368190
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Published: Cool Springs Press - February 16th, 2021

I'm picky about garden books.  It's hard to find a resource that offers something new yet relevant to our erratic climate.  Kelly Norris's, The New Naturalism, hits the mark providing the reader with new perspectives on what a garden can be with sound advice on selecting plants and designing varied spaces for an aesthetically pleasing yet wild look pollinators will love.  While it might be more technical than some readers desire, you'll learn more looking up the plants' common names and gain a new appreciation for their ecological niches.  It's the book I wish I read before tearing up my lawn.  If nothing else the pictures are worthy of display on anyone's coffee table