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How to Be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals Cover Image
By Sy Montgomery, Rebecca Green (Illustrator)
$20.00
ISBN: 9780544938328
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - September 25th, 2018

This is a perfect book for anyone who loves animals! Her memoir addresses what animals have taught her. This will make you smile and could bring you to tears. Written in Montgomery's signature accessible style, this book is for teens on up. -Tom


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Call Them by Their True Names: American Crises (and Essays) Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781608469468
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Published: Haymarket Books - September 4th, 2018

Solnit dives deeper into contemporary issues than most news outlets and illustrates another narrative exists. Until Americans call things for what they are, we will remain trapped. As with all of her writing, I found these essays thought-provoking and well worth my time. -Tom


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Convenience Store Woman Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780802128256
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Published: Grove Press - June 12th, 2018

The narrative traces the "accidental" career of a convenience store that spans decades.

This small novel asks a lot of big questions, like on'es place in society, personal freedom, worthiness, and conformity. I enjoyed this book immensely. -Tom


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Sing, Unburied, Sing: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781501126079
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Published: Scribner - May 8th, 2018

A magnificent novel where the past, present, and future converge in a Mississippi family. Told through various narrators, you get different voices but Ward never steers from the main thread. The language is beautiful. The story, not easy, is tender and harsh. I loved it. -Tom


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Another Brooklyn: A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062359995
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Published: Amistad - May 30th, 2017

A powerful slice of life from Brooklyn, 1970.

A moving narrative about young women coming of age where dreams do not always come true. -Tom


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The Honey Farm Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781631494345
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - May 29th, 2018

An interesting straight-forward narative about a group of young artists who go to the farm where they will work and (hopefully) create.

If you enjoy books about rural life, you'll enjoy this. There is some intrigue and an intersection between nature and religion. -Tom


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Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780393356090
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - July 10th, 2018

Unless you're a farmer familiar with The Methodologies Montgomery highlights, I would recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in agriculture, soil, and climate change. Immensely readable and interesting. -Tom


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The Eight Mountains Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9781501169885
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Published: Atria Books - March 20th, 2018

A moving, heartfelt story about a lasting friendship between a boy whose family rents a summer home in the country and one of its residents. The novel is beautifully rendered, especially the passages on the Italian landscape. This thoughful novel questions relationships to one another, family, and the land. I thought it was fantastic! -Tom


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The Monk of Mokha Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9781101947319
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Published: Knopf - January 30th, 2018

An immigrant story (non-fiction) about a young Yemenic-American who has decided coffee is his destiny. You may never look at a coffee the same way again. -Tom


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The Perfect Nanny: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143132172
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Published: Penguin Books - January 9th, 2018

Winner of France's Goncourt Prize in 2016, Leila Slimani's novel is slyly observed on the issues surrounding modern Parisian family life. She wraps them in a psychological thriller. In its directness, The Perfect Nanny reminds me of Eileen. -Tom


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The Art of Loading Brush: New Agrarian Writings Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781619020382
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - October 31st, 2017

If you are unfamiliar with Wendell Berry, his latest book is a fantastic introduction comprised of essays, short stories, and poetry.

If you are well-versed in Berry's writing, he will continue to challenge your tthinking with his thoughts on our culture and the issues that confront the country. -Tom


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The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781101911532
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Published: Vintage - January 30th, 2018

I've long been fascinated by quiet people who live as hermits or choose to live mostly in solitude. The plot seems straightforward - a young man, for no apparent reason, walks into the woods and lives there for over 25 years. Like any Maine story, the book is filled with unique characters. What follows had me asking questions about modern society and my own life. -Tom


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Coming to My Senses: The Making of a Counterculture Cook Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780307718280
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Published: Clarkson Potter - September 5th, 2017

Imagine your friend telling you her life story over dessert. As she tells you her past, she makes connections to her restaurant and life's work.

For anyone familiar with culinary revolutionary Alice Waters, this will be a joy. For those unfamiliar, it will provide insight into how taste is developed. -Tom


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Human Acts: A Novel Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781101906743
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Published: Hogarth - October 17th, 2017

This quietly powerful novel begins during the 1980 South Korean student protests.  Kang's book is a meditation on human action (both humane and inhumane), memory, and the soul.   Human Acts increases in power with each page with its jarring reminders of both the courage and violence behind change and its lingering toll on those willing to take the risk.


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Ties Cover Image
By Domenico Starnone, Jhumpa Lahiri (Translated by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9781609453855
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Published: Europa Editions - March 7th, 2017

A tightly written meditation about a marriage over time. Tiesis thoughtful and jostling with just the right amount of suspense. It may have you taking stock of your relationship. -Tom


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Lincoln in the Bardo: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780812995343
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Published: Random House - February 14th, 2017

Saunders' first novel, a best-seller, has a variety of tensions: the living vs the dead, the person vs the private, longing vs letting go. The bardo is a buddhist term for purgatory, and everyone appears to "live" in it. the novel reads like a play. If you enjoy a linear plot and realistic fiction, this is not a novel for you. If you don't mind a challenging form, you will be rewarded. -Tom


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Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781101980316
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Published: Penguin Books - February 28th, 2017

Anyone familiar with the On Being podcast will appreciate this book. Tippett has taken bits of her interviews and grouped them. This is for anyone interested in people who live differently than most. -Tom


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Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage (Vintage International) Cover Image
By Haruki Murakami, Philip Gabriel (Translated by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780804170123
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Published: Vintage - May 5th, 2015

This "quiet" book is a pilgrimage towards understanding one's identity.  It's a beautiful, strange novel of love, friendship and heartbreak.  I couldn't put it down. 


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The Teeth of the Comb & Other Stories Cover Image
By Osama Alomar, C. J. Collins (Translator)
$13.95
ISBN: 9780811226073
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - April 25th, 2017

These pithy modern fables will make you think and laugh. If you're looking for meaningful literature but don't have the time to slog through a 500 page classic, I'd recommend this one! -Tom


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One of the Boys Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9781501156168
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Published: Scribner Book Company - March 14th, 2017

"A short but powerful novel. Told from a boy's point of view filled with love and hope, he chronicles his father's descent into addiction and its affects." -Tom


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Upstream: Selected Essays Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781594206702
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Published: Penguin Press - October 11th, 2016

This collection of previously published essays gives insight into Oliver's way of seeing, her writing process, and the influences on them. If you're familiar with her poetry, this book is a gift. If you're hesitant about poetry, read Upstream. It will pique your interest in her other writing. -Tom


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The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781101875681
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Published: Knopf - March 7th, 2017

I've long been fascinated by quiet people who live as hermits or choose to live mostly in solitude. The plot seems straightforward - a young man, for no apparent reason, walks into the woods and lives there for over 25 years. Like any Maine story, the book is filled with unique characters. What follows had me asking questions about modern society and my own life. -Tom


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Homesick for Another World: Stories Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780399562884
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Published: Penguin Press - January 17th, 2017

From the author of Eileen, this collection of short stories address themes of alienation, longing, and love. I won't lie to you - this collection is dark. The characters are often physically unattractive, emotionally stuck, and desire to be somewhere else... yet - like Eileen - I couldn't put it down. -Tom


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Mister Monkey: A Novel Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062397836
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Published: Harper - October 18th, 2016

Prose opens with a simle setting - an off-off Broadway musical based on an old children's book.

A deeply moving book that speaks to love, longing and yearning. Prose shifts points of view to show how perceptions are not necessarily truths.

I cannot recommend it enough if you like a thoughtful narrative, or if you enjoy unpacking layers. Regardless, this novel should not be missed. -Tom


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Eileen: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143128755
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Published: Penguin Books - August 16th, 2016

A highly regarded first novel that is extremely well-written and constructed. Moshfegh sucks you into Eileen's 1964 world. The novel builds in suspense with a surprising twist. I could not put Eileen down! -Tom


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The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781451624434
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Published: Simon & Schuster - January 6th, 2015

Do you miss eating steak, eggs, and bacon? Wonder if taking statins matter? This eye opening book on the matters of nutrition and politics of food science will make you salivate. -Tom


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The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America's National Parks Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780374280093
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Published: Sarah Crichton Books - May 31st, 2016

While the title says a personal topography, The Hour of Land expands on this premise to address what the National Park System means to all of us. If you enjoyed Ken Burns' PBS series, The National Parks: America's Best Idea, you are sure to enjoy The Hour of Land -Tom