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The Red Hat Cover Image
By David Teague, Antoinette Portis (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781423134114
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - December 8th, 2015

Billy Hightower spends his whole life alone in a skyscraper high above a big city. Then one day, a skyscraper is built next door and a girl moves in. Could she be a friend? But every time Billy tries to reach out to her, the wily Wind gets in his way! Can Billy find a way to outsmart the Wind and make a new friend, or will he be swept away?


The Only Child Cover Image
By Guojing, Guojing (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9780553497045
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Published: Schwartz & Wade Books - December 1st, 2015

Staff Pick!

Hailed by Entertainment Weekly and the Wall Street Journal as a best book of the year, this gorgeous and imaginative story—part picture book, part graphic novel—is utterly transporting and original. USA Today declared it “a compelling and melancholy debut from an important new talent“ as well as ”an expansive and ageless book full of wonder, sadness, and wild bursts of imagination.” And like Shaun Tan’s The Arrival and Raymond Briggs’s The Snowman, it is quickly becoming a modern classic.

A little girl—lost and alone—follows a mysterious stag deep into the woods, and, like Alice down the rabbit hole, she finds herself in a strange and wondrous world. But…home and family are very far away. How will she get back there?

In this magnificently illustrated—and wordless—masterpiece, debut artist Guojing brilliantly captures the rich and deeply-felt emotional life of a child, filled with loneliness and longing as well as love and joy.


Love from the Very Hungry Caterpillar Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780448489322
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Published: Grosset & Dunlap - December 15th, 2015

Celebrate Valentine’s Day - and love - with The Very Hungry Caterpillar! This charming, sweet new title featuring The Very Hungry Caterpillar is the perfect gift for that special someone on Valentine’s Day - or any day of the year.

“You are the cherry on my cake; you make the sun shine brighter; you make my heart flutter.” Using a range of images from the World of Eric Carle, and featuring The Very Hungry Caterpillar, this special gift book gives all the reasons why someone special makes the world a better and brighter place. Perfect for Valentine’s Day promotions, a must-have for fans of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and an ideal gift for that special someone.


Shh! Bears Sleeping Cover Image
By David Martin, Steve Johnson (Illustrator), Lou Fancher (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780670017188
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - January 5th, 2016

Vermont Author!
 
A stunning picture book introduces very young children to the yearly cycle of the lives of bears.

Spring summer fall / All day long / Bears grow big / Bears grow strong

But in the fall / When leaves turn red / Bears know soon / It’s time for bed

Comes winter / Comes snow / Bears are ready / Bears go

In their cave / Warm and deep / Winter is time for bears to sleep

David Martin’s lilting read-aloud text combines with Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher’s exquisite paintings to make a picture book that is as beautiful as it is informative. A final spread provides many facts about bears to answer all the questions young readers will have about these fascinating animal friends.


Mouse Scouts Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780385756020
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Published: Yearling Books - January 5th, 2016

Vermont Author!

For fans of Ivy and Bean and Junie B. Jones comes a brand-new chapter book series: Mouse Scouts!

Meet Violet, Tigerlily, Hyacinth, Petunia, Junebug, and Cricket, six new Mouse Scouts who are trustworthy and strong, thrifty and brave…and destined to be friends to the end! Best friends Violet and Tigerlily can’t wait to start earning their merit badges. But their troop leader, Miss Poppy, is one strict rodent. And earning their first badge—planting a vegetable garden—is hard work. Will the troop drive unwanted pests from the garden and earn their Sow It and Grow It badge? And will they ever get Miss Poppy to smile?

Brimming with lively black-and-white illustrations—including pages from the official Mouse Scout Handbook, plus diagrams, games, activities, and more—this darling new series is just right for chapter book readers.


Please enjoy browsing this selection of Phoenix's bestselling children's titles from 2015!

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Champ and Me by the Maple Tree: A Vermont Tale Cover Image
By Ed Shankman, Dave O'Neill (Illustrator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780981943053
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Published: Commonwealth Editions - July 1st, 2010

Author Ed Shankman and illustrator Dave O'Neill have created winning books on Boston, Cape Cod, and Maine. Now they turn their attention to Vermont and one of that state's great legends: Champ, the "Monster" of Lake Champlain (a sort of Loch Ness Monster for the Green Mountain State). Champ is seen through the eyes of a likable tomboy, who sets out from her favorite spot by a maple tree and finds herself by the lakeshore. She meets Champ, who turns out to be a very kid-friendly monster, inviting the girl to sit on his head and ride with him through the Vermont countryside. Together, these unlikely friends dash past farms and mills and over covered bridges, meet some cows, eat some maple syrup-covered cheese, and eventually return to the girl's favorite maple tree. The charming story ends as it began: "If you come to Vermont / Near a lake called Champlain, / And you cut through the woods / On an old country lane, There's a chance you will see / My friend Champ and me / Playing happy and free / By the old maple tree."


Sweet Pea & Friends: The Sheepover Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316273565
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - December 8th, 2015

Meet the adorable orphan lamb Sweet Pea and discover why her true story has become a picture book phenomenon and enchanted readers of all ages!

One cold winter night, Sweet Pea the orphan lamb becomes very sick. Everyone in the farmyard is worried about her! Under the watchful care of Farmer John, Laddie the sheepdog, and Dr. Alison the mobile veterinarian, she slowly recovers. Dr. Alison tells Sweet Pea she can have a sleepover to celebrate as soon as she is well again. When the day finally comes, her closest friends Sunny, Prem, and Violet join her in the greenhouse for a fun and imaginative "SheepOver" celebration.

This charming story of caring and friendship by farm owners John and Jennifer Churchman, brought to life with John's entrancing photo-illustrations, will enchant readers young and old. In the words of one of her many fans, "Sweet Pea brings a calming, authentic joy to my life that makes me laugh, cry and gives me hope that all is well in the world. . . . Everyone needs a little Sweet Pea in their lives!"


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Elephant's Story: A Picture Book Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780374399139
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - October 22nd, 2013

A funny alphabet/word romp that's perfect for animal and word lovers
 
The day Gracie loses her favorite book, Elephant finds it. He sniffs the words ONCE UPON A TIME THERE WAS and--oops--they go up his trunk, where they wiggle and jiggle and make him sneeze. The letters fly through the air helter skelter, and when Elephant tries to put them back together, he can't figure out how to make the right words that fit. He asks his friends for help, but they just choose some of the letters to make up their own words--Alligator wants to CHEW them, Seal SPINs them, Monkeys THROW them, and Bear just SNOREs. Lucky for elephant, Gracie comes looking for her book. She makes the letters into the right words and then adds some of her own: a girl went to the zoo and made a new friend.


Tuck-In Time Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374378608
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - August 19th, 2014

Perfect bedtime reading for little ones
 
When I tuck you in,
what do I see?
Two little eyes shining at me.
I see two little ears
that I want you to tweak
and a round little nose.
Can you push it? Beep! Beep!
 
So begins this naptime or bedtime romp that eventually has the child all tuckered out and ready for sleep—until Mama remembers she forgot one important thing. What could it be? A kiss, of course!
 


Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781452119366
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Published: Chronicle Books - March 3rd, 2015

In this exuberant and lyrical follow-up to the award-winning Over and Under the Snow, discover the wonders that lie hidden between stalks, under the shade of leaves . . . and down in the dirt. Explore the hidden world and many lives of a garden through the course of a year! Up in the garden, the world is full of green—leaves and sprouts, growing vegetables, ripening fruit. But down in the dirt exists a busy world—earthworms dig, snakes hunt, skunks burrow—populated by all the animals that make a garden their home.


The Expeditioners and the Treasure of Drowned Man's Canyon Cover Image
By S. S. Taylor, Katherine Roy (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781938073717
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Published: McSweeney's - December 3rd, 2013

Computers have failed, electricity is extinct, and the race to discover new lands is underway! In this nail-bitingly thrilling adventure novel, brilliant explorer Alexander West has just died under mysterious circumstances, but not before smuggling half of a strange map to his intrepid children — Kit, the brain, M. K., the tinkerer, and Zander, the brave. Why are so many government agents trying to steal the half-map? What powerful secrets does it hold? And where is the other half? It's up to Alexander's children — the Expeditioners — to get to the bottom of these questions, and fast.


Coral Reefs: A Journey Through an Aquatic World Full of Wonder Cover Image
By Jason Chin, Jason Chin (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781596435636
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Published: Flash Point - October 25th, 2011

Venture to the depths of the coral reefs in an exploration of the true and truly wild in this beautiful and creative picture book from an award-winning author.

During an ordinary visit to the library, a girl pulls a not-so-ordinary book from the shelves. As she turns the pages in this book about coral reefs, the city around her slips away and she finds herself surrounded by the coral cities of the sea and the mysterious plants and animals that live, hunt, and hide there.

Jason Chin's follow-up to his critically acclaimed book Redwoods is a bold and beautiful picture storybook filled to the brim with fascinating facts about the coral reefs.


Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening Cover Image
By Robert Frost, Susan Jeffers (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780525467342
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - September 24th, 2001

Ever since it was published in 1978, the picture-book presentation of Robert Frost's poem "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" has been an enduring favorite. For this special edition with a new design, trim size, and three new spreads, Susan Jeffers has added more detail and subtle color to her sweeping backgrounds of frosty New England scenes. There are more animals to find among the trees, and the kindly figure with his "promises to keep" exudes warmth as he stops to appreciate the quiet delights of winter. The handsome new vellum jacket will attract new and old fans as it evokes a frost-covered windowpane. This celebration of a season makes an ideal holiday gift for a child, a teacher, or a host.

Robert Frost (1874-1963) is one of America's most celebrated poets and a four-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize.

Susan Jeffers is the illustrator of such distinguished picture books as Three Jovial Huntsmen, a Caldecott Honor Book; Rachel Field's Hitty; and the ABBY Award-winning Brother Eagle, Sister Sky, which was also a New York Times best-seller.


All the Answers Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781619633742
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Published: Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children's Books - January 27th, 2015

Perfect for fans of Wendy Mass, Kate Messner's newest middle-grade story shines with heart, humor, and a magical twist.

What if your pencil had all the answers? Would you ace every test? Could find out who has a crush on who? When Ava Anderson finds an old pencil, she uses it for her math quiz like any other pencil. It's when she writes a question in the margin that the magic occurs . . . as a voice that no one else seems to hear. With the help of her best friend, Sophie, Ava figures out the rules of this pencil's magic, and as they discover many uses for it, Ava's reliance on its answers grows. But when the pencil reveals a scary truth about Ava's family, she sees that the bravest people just might be those who live without all the answers.
In a story as heartfelt as it is magical, Kate Messner gives readers a glimpse at their biggest fantasy: a magical pencil that helps them navigate the ups and downs of middle school life.


The Glorkian Warrior Eats Adventure Pie Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781626720213
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Published: First Second - March 17th, 2015

The Glorkian Warrior is back! Don't worry, he hasn't gotten any smarter. The Glorkian Warrior was doing so well! He almost had that rampaging space snake under control—when Buster Glark, his villainous rival in the Glorkian Corps, showed up to make fun of him! Buster laughed so hard at the Glorkian Warrior's misfortune that he gave himself the hiccups. And that was just on the first page of this book.
Things are only going to get worse from here for the Glorkian Warrior. But at least there will be plenty of pie at the end.
James Kochalka brings back his goofiest creation, the Glorkian Warrior, in the second of this silly space trilogy!


Please enjoy browsing this selection of Phoenix's bestselling fiction's titles from 2015!

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God's Kingdom Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250069481
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Published: St. Martin's Press - October 6th, 2015

A young man comes of age—and uncovers his family's deepest secret—in this "epic work of genius" by "the rarest thing in literature: an original." —Howard Norman

Howard Frank Mosher is one of America's most acclaimed writers. His fiction set in the world of Vermont's Northeast Kingdom chronicles the intertwining family histories of the natives, wanderers, outcasts, and fugitives-white, Native American, escaped slaves fleeing north, French Canadians, and others who settled in this remote and beautiful place.

Set in the 1950's, God's Kingdom reveals the Kinneson family through the coming of age of the heir to its rich and complicated history, Jim. Earnest and innocent, Jim is a bright student, a loving son and brother, but also curious about the unspoken "trouble in the family" that haunts his father and grandfather. Layer by layer, tale by tale, sorting out fact from deliberately-obscure legend, Jim explores the Kinnesons' long relationship with others in the Kingdom, culminating in a discovery that forever changes his life and place in that world.

God's Kingdom is the masterful new novel by Howard Frank Mosher-a treat for booksellers, readers, and anyone who enjoys being told a beguiling story.


The Company She Kept Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250064677
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Published: Minotaur Books - September 29th, 2015

"Over 26 years and 25 books, Joe Gunther has… grown in stature, and so has the series." —Publishers Weekly (starred review) During the height of a particularly brutal Vermont winter, one morning a woman's body is found hanging high above the interstate. The woman, found with the word "dyke" carved on her chest is quickly determined to be the victim of a brutal murder. That alone is enough to bring in Joe Gunther and his VBI (Vermont Bureau of Investigation) team. But when the victim is identified not only as a state senator, bus as an intimate friend of the governor's, it unleashes a publicity maelstrom that makes the investigation makes a difficult investigation more challenging. While the anti-lesbian message is an obvious feint meant to mislead investigators, it does reveal that the governor is gay, and forces her to publicly acknowledge that fact.

In the meantime, while the publicity rages on to even greater heights, the police begin to focus intensely on the dead senator's life. One thing they uncover is that she had a fondness for recreational marijuana. In Vermont, however, neither lesbianism nor marijuana use are the stuff of murder. It's up to Gunther and his team to cut through this particular stack of weed to find out not just who, but why?


Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307743930
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Published: Vintage - May 26th, 2015

heartbreaking, wildly inventive, and moving novel narrated by a teenage runaway, from the bestselling author of Midwives and The Sandcastle Girls.

Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands is the story of Emily Shepard, a homeless teen living in an igloo made of ice and trash bags filled with frozen leaves. Half a year earlier, a nuclear plant in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom had experienced a cataclysmic meltdown, and Emily’s parents were among those killed. When it comes to light that her father may have been responsible—was he drunk when it happened?—Emily feels certain that as the daughter of the most hated man in America, she is in danger. So instead of following the social workers and her classmates as they evacuate, Emily takes off on her own for Burlington, where she survives by stealing, sleeping on the floor of a drug dealer’s apartment, and inventing a new identity for herself inspired by her favorite poet, Emily Dickinson. When Emily befriends a homeless young boy named Cameron, she protects him with a ferocity she didn’t know she had. But she still can’t outrun her past, can’t escape her grief, can’t hide forever—and so she comes up with the only plan that she can.


The Hummingbird Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062369543
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Published: William Morrow & Company - September 8th, 2015

From the author of the acclaimed The Curiosity comes a compelling and moving story of compassion, courage, and redemption

Deborah Birch is a seasoned hospice nurse whose daily work requires courage and compassion. But her skills and experience are tested in new and dramatic ways when her easygoing husband, Michael, returns from his third deployment to Iraq haunted by nightmares, anxiety, and rage. She is determined to help him heal, and to restore the tender, loving marriage they once had.

At the same time, Deborahs primary patient is Barclay Reed, a retired history professor and expert in the Pacific Theater of World War II whose career ended in academic scandal. Alone in the world, the embittered professor is dying. As Barclay begrudgingly comes to trust Deborah, he tells her stories from that long-ago war, which help her find a way to help her husband battle his demons.

Told with piercing empathy and heartbreaking realism, The Hummingbird is a masterful story of loving commitment, service to country, and absolution through wisdom and forgiveness.


The Winter People Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780804169967
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Published: Anchor Books - January 6th, 2015

The New York Times bestselling author returns with a simmering literary thriller about ghostly secrets, dark choices, and the unbreakable bond between mothers and daughters…sometimes too unbreakable.

West Hall, Vermont, has always been a town of strange disappearances and old legends. The most mysterious is that of Sara Harrison Shea, who, in 1908, was found dead in the field behind her house just months after the tragic death of her daughter, Gertie. Now, in present day, nineteen-year-old Ruthie lives in Sara’s farmhouse with her mother, Alice, and her younger sister, Fawn. Alice has always insisted that they live off the grid, a decision that suddenly proves perilous when Ruthie wakes up one morning to find that Alice has vanished without a trace. Searching for clues, she is startled to find a copy of Sara Harrison Shea’s diary hidden beneath the floorboards of her mother’s bedroom. As Ruthie gets sucked deeper into the mystery of Sara’s fate, she discovers that she’s not the only person who’s desperately looking for someone that they’ve lost. But she may be the only one who can stop history from repeating itself.
 


Roll Deep: Poems Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393246896
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 3rd, 2015

This breakthrough volume appropriates the vernacular notion of “rolling deep” to explore human intimacy and war.

In his fourth collection, a breakthrough volume, Major Jackson appropriates the vernacular notion of “rolling deep” to capture the spirit of aesthetic travel that defines these forceful new poems and brazenly announces his steady accretion of literary and artistic influences, both formal and experimental—his “crew.” The confident and radiant poems in Roll Deep address a range of topics, most prominently human intimacy and war. And like his best work to date, these poems create new experiences with language owed to Jackson’s willingness to once again seek a rhythmic sound that expresses the unique realities of the twenty-first century with humor and understanding. Whether set in Nairobi, Madrid, or Greece, the poems are sensuously evocative and unapologetically with-it, in their effort to build community across borders of language and style.


Open Season Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780979812200
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Published: Ampress - January 1st, 2007

Lt. Joe Gunther of the Brattleboro, Vermont police force has a serious problem: in a community where a decade could pass without a single murder, the body count is suddenly mounting. Innocent citizens are being killed—and others set-up—seemingly orchestrated by a mysterious ski-masked man. Signs suggest that a three year-old murder trial might lie at the heart of things, but it’s a case that many in the department would prefer remained closed. A man of quiet integrity, Lt. Gunther knows that he must pursue the case to its conclusion, wherever it leads.


Please enjoy browsing this selection of Phoenix's bestselling nonfiction titles from 2015!

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Mammal Tracks and Sct: Life-Size Pocket Guide by Lynn Levine

ISBN: 9780970365439

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You will easily identify what you see with this handy pocket-sized guide. It has life-sized images of the tracks, even the bear! It is rugged and waterproof so you can lay it on the ground. It is great for kids and adults and useful in all seasons, mud or snow. Levine is a forester in Vermont and provides clear information on the sizes, shapes, and details of the tracks and scat for all animals covered. There are two keys for tracks and scat to help you identify the patterns you are seeing. She presents a simple three-step system for you to use.

 

Vermont Wild Volume 4 by Megan Price

ISBN: 9780982887295

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What will you find in Vermont Wild Volume 4?  Wacky, true stories from Vermont's fish and game wardens, including "Mad Moose," "Button Up," "Cadillac Jack," "Cold Comfort," "Doug's Den," "Snow Globe," and many more!

 

 

 

A Paddler's Guide to the Champlain Valley: Exploring the Rivers,Creeks, Wetlands and Ponds by Margaret Holden and Catherine Frank

ISBN: 9781883789794

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In their regional bestseller, A Kayaker s Guide to Lake Champlain, now in its 3rd printing, Catherine Frank and Margaret Holden offered detailed paddling tours circumnavigating America s other great lake. Now, in A Paddler s Guide to the Champlain Valley, they explore the interior, the waters within the seven basins of the Champlain Valley, the Missisquoi/Pike, Lamoille, Winooski, Otter/Lewis, Saranac/Chazy, Boquet/Ausable, and Poultney-Mettawee South Lake, with 42 guided adventures, supplemented by 28 sidebars and over 60 pages of introductory background on the history, geology, botany, wildlife biology, and ecology of the region and the environment challenges it faces. The result is a well-rounded primer and field guide for kayakers and canoeists on a remarkably rich and diverse watershed that connects Vermont, New York and Quebec. With 130 full color photographs and 55 full-color maps.

 

 

Day Hiker's Guide to Vermont by The Green Mountain Club

ISBN: 9781888021356

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Visit Vermont's high peaks, lakes and ponds, natural historical areas, and state forests. The Day Hiker's Guide includes hikes in every region of the state, and for the first time, an extensive selection of day hikes on the Long Trail system including Mt. Mansfield, Camel's Hump, Killington, Stratton Pond and more. The 6th edition of the Day Hiker's Guide presents more than 200 day hikes in Vermont, including: detailed driving directions to trailheads, detailed trail maps and descriptions, summaries of distance, time, and elevation gain, listings of Vermont's trail organizations, and helpful hiking and equipment tips.

 

 

Wildflowers of Vermont by Kate Carter

ISBN: 9780971279025

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A full-color, pocket-sized field guide to 255 color photos of wildflowers that grow on Vermont's trailsides, roadsides, alpine summits, woodlands and bogs.

Written for novice naturalists and everyday plant admirers alike, this pocked-sized guidebook contains beautiful color photographs throughout and written descriptions of more than 200 wildflowers growing in Vermont. The book is protected by a clear vinyl cover, and the size makes in practical for carrying along on any outdoors excursion. The photos are clear and crisp, so there will be no mistaking the identity of any of the species included in the book. A must-have for hobby botanist or nature lover.

 

 

 

Historic Crimes and Justice in Burlington, Vermont Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781467118408
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Published: History Press - August 17th, 2015

As Burlington grew into a city out of wilderness, more citizens meant more opportunities for crime. Horse thefts, murders and drunken brawls swamped the young and prosperous city. Those misdeeds inspired the first officers of what would become the Burlington Police Department to serve and protect. Step behind the scenes of the Griwold murder case, the Mad Riot of 1898 and the murder of Officer James McGrath. Glimpse the dangers of police work and the shared human experiences of the city's officers and the citizens they serve. Burlington Police Department detective Jeff Beerworth explores the nature of crime and justice in the Queen City.


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The Organic Medicinal Herb Farmer: The Ultimate Guide to Producing High-Quality Herbs on a Market Scale Cover Image
$39.95
ISBN: 9781603585736
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Published: Chelsea Green Publishing Company - May 6th, 2015

A new approach to growing local medicine, including information on geo-authenticity, wildcrafting, and developing a good business plan

Both a business guide and a farming manual, The Organic Medicinal Herb Farmer will teach readers how to successfully grow and market organic medicinal Western herbs.

Whether you re trying to farm medicinal plants, culinary herbs, or at-risk native herbs exclusively or simply add herbal crops to what you re already growing, successful small-scale herb farmers Jeff and Melanie Carpenter will guide you through the entire process from cultivation to creating value-added products.

Using their Zack Woods Herb Farm in Vermont as a backdrop, the Carpenters cover all the basic practical information farmers need to know to get an organic herb farm up and running, including:

Size and scale considerations;

Layout and design of the farm and facilities;

Growing and cultivation information, including types of tools;

Field and bed prep;

Plant propagation;

Weed control, and pests and diseases;

Harvesting, as well as wild harvesting and the concept of geo-authentic botanicals;

Postharvest processing; and,

Value-added products and marketing.

The authors also provide fifty detailed plant profiles, going deeper into the herbs every farmer should consider growing. In an easy-to-understand, practical, and comprehensive manner, readers will learn how to focus on quality over quantity, and keep costs down by innovating with existing equipment, rather than expensive technology.Market farmers who have never before considered growing medicinal herbs will learn why it s more important to produce these herbs domestically.

The Organic Medicinal Herb Farmer makes a convincing case that producing organic medicinal herbs can be a viable, profitable, farming enterprise. The Carpenters also make the case for incorporating medicinal herbs into existing operations, as it can help increase revenue in the form of value-added products, not to mention improve the ecological health of farmland by encouraging biodiversity as a path toward greater soil health."


Maple: 100 Sweet and Savory Recipes Featuring Pure Maple Syrup Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781594748042
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Published: Quirk Books - October 6th, 2015

Maple. The very word conjures up sweet memories of rich amber-colored syrups, indulgent breakfasts, and delicate candy. But that’s just a drop in the sap bucket: this liquid gold works its magic on everything from barbecue sauce to classic cocktails to delectable desserts. Plus it’s a healthier option than other sweeteners.

So step into the sugar shack as seasoned sap-tapper Katie Webster takes you behind the scenes of her backyard maple sugaring hobby. Then try your hand at her Maple Ginger Roasted Salmon or Smoky and Sweet Turkey Chili. Pour yourself a Maple Peach Old Fashioned and enjoy a helping of Bananas Foster Bundt Cake. Explore 100 sweet and savory recipes, including plenty of vegan, gluten-free, and paleo-friendly options, all featuring the incomparable taste of maple.


Burlington: A History of Vermont's Queen City Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781884592645
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Published: Images from the Past - September 29th, 2015

This is the first history of the Green Mountain State’s largest city, home of the state university, and commercial and retail center for a majority of Vermonters, and enjoyed by the Quebecois who live just across the Canadian border. It is a story that outlines the development of a small village nestled between a river and a lake that became one of New England’s urban jewels: the economic “engines” that nurtured the community; the various ethnic groups that settled in Burlington; and the political shifts that announced cultural changes. Burlington: A History of Vermont's Queen City provides the stories of the people, places, and events that resulted in the buildings, streets and neighborhoods of today. With 28 photographs, an 1898 city map, and extensive index.


The Essential Bernie Sanders and His Vision for America Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781603586672
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Published: Chelsea Green Publishing Company - September 8th, 2015

Meet the essential Bernie Sanders—an authentic and uncompromising champion of the people.

Independent United States Senator Bernie Sanders—with a thirty-five-year career in public service, first as Burlington, Vermont’s mayor, then as Vermont’s sole representative to Congress, and currently as a United States senator—is now campaigning to become president of the United States. His goal is to build a movement to take back our country from the rich and powerful, and return it to its rightful owners—we, the American people.

Sanders’ common sense, populist message is resonating with Democrats, Republicans, independents, as well as ordinary working- and middle-class Americans from all walks of life, including millennials, seniors, veterans, immigrants, environmentalists, union workers, and more.

In this short, accessible book, author Jonathan Tasini draws heavily from Sanders’ ample public record of speeches, statements, and interviews, and couples his working-class spirit with specific legislation he has championed on a number of core proposals that comprise a broader people’s agenda for America, including:

  • A national, single-payer health care system;
  • Free public higher education;
  • Taking on wealth and income inequality;
  • Preserving Social Security;
  • Caring for our veterans;
  • Ensuring civil rights for all;
  • Combatting climate change;
  • Reforming Wall Street, and much more.

The Essential Bernie Sanders and His Vision for America is a must-read for anyone who shares a vision for a forward-looking, sustainable, and more just United States of America, and is eager to change the course of history.


A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781401310448
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Published: Hyperion Books - January 18th, 2011

"I share the country's admiration for the bravery of Captain Phillips and his selfless concern for his crew. His courage is a model for all Americans."
--President Barack Obama

It was just another day on the job for fifty-three-year-old Richard Phillips, captain of the Maersk Alabama, the United States-flagged cargo ship which was carrying, among other things, food and agricultural materials for the World Food Program. That all changed when armed Somali pirates boarded the ship. The pirates didn't expect the crew to fight back, nor did they expect Captain Phillips to offer himself as hostage in exchange for the safety of his crew. Thus began the tense five-day stand-off, which ended in a daring high-seas rescue when U.S. Navy SEALs opened fire and picked off three of the captors.

"It never ends like this," Captain Phillips said.

And he's right.

A Captain's Duty tells the life-and-death drama of the Vermont native who was held captive on a tiny lifeboat off Somalia's anarchic, gun-plagued shores. A story of adventure and courage, it provides the intimate details of this high-seas hostage-taking--the unbearable heat, the death threats, the mock executions, and the escape attempt. When the pirates boarded his ship, Captain Phillips put his experience into action, doing everything he could to safeguard his crew. And when he was held captive by the pirates, he marshaled all his resources to ensure his own survival, withstanding intense physical hardship and an escalating battle of wills with the pirates. This was it: the moment where training meets instinct and where character is everything. Richard Phillips was ready.


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Mindfulness A to Z: 108 Insights for Awakening Now Cover Image
$19.66
ISBN: 9781614290575
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Published: Wisdom Publications - September 22nd, 2015

A sweeping field guide to the practice of mindfulness.

From Acceptance to Zafu, Mindfulness A to Z offers a wealth of inspirational advice and practical instruction on how to bring mindfulness fully into your life. In each entry, Dr. Kozak combines his personal insights and expert guidance on all aspects of mindfulness meditation. Mindfulness A to Z presents a multifaceted look at living mindfully in our hectic world, whether dealing with internal conflict, such as fear of missing out, technical problems, such as how to meditate comfortably, or everyday joys such as finding your smile.
Whether you devour the whole book in one sitting, or read an entry a day, Mindfulness A to Z will be a great resource for building better practices in your daily life.


I Don't Have a Happy Place: Cheerful Stories of Despondency and Gloom Cover Image
$18.56
ISBN: 9781476740263
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Published: Gallery Books - April 14th, 2015

When a trip to the therapist ends with the question “Can’t Kim be happy?” Kim Korson responds the way any normal person would—she makes fun of it. Because really, does everyone have to be happy?

When a trip to the therapist ends with the question “Can’t Kim be happy?” Kim Korson responds the way any normal person would—she makes fun of it. Because really, does everyone have to be happy?

Aside from her father wearing makeup and her mother not feeling well (a lot), Kim Korson’s 1970s suburban upbringing was typical. Sometimes she wished her brother were an arsonist just so she’d have a valid excuse to be unhappy. And when life moves along pretty decently--she breaks into show business, gets engaged in the secluded jungles of Mexico, and moves her family from Brooklyn to dreamy rural Vermont—the real despondency sets in. It’s a skill to find something wrong in just about every situation, but Kim has an exquisite talent for negativity. It is only after half a lifetime of finding kernels of unhappiness where others find joy that she begins to wonder if she is even capable of experiencing happiness.

In I Don’t Have a Happy Place, Kim Korson untangles what it means to be a true malcontent. Rife with evocative and nostalgic observations, unapologetic realism, and razor-sharp wit, I Don’t Have a Happy Place is told in humorous, autobiographical stories. This fresh-yet-dark voice is sure to make you laugh, nod your head in recognition, and ultimately understand what it truly means to be unhappy. Always.


Riding Home: The Power of Horses to Heal Cover Image
By Tim Hayes, Robert Redford (Introduction by), Robert Redford (Foreword by)
$31.31
ISBN: 9781250033512
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Published: St. Martin's Press - March 3rd, 2015

Men and women afflicted with severe emotional and physical damage are healing and recovering through equine therapy programs and the love that comes from growing close to a horse Throughout history, people have loved, owned and ridden horses. They fascinate us, and we are drawn to books like The Horse Whisperer, events like The Kentucky Derby, and movies like Steven Spielberg's War Horse.
Owners and non-horse owners alike have also discovered the amazing abilities of horses to help us heal and recover from disabling physical and mental conditions such as autism and multiple sclerosis by participating in Equine Therapy. Men and women afflicted with severe emotional damage are healing and making dramatic recoveries by receiving the simple love, understanding and acceptance that comes from establishing a relationship with a horse.
The unique message of Riding Home is two-fold. It is the first and only book to explain why horses have this remarkable ability to heal and positively transform emotionally wounded men and women, whether they be troubled teens, prison inmates, or war veterans with post traumatic stress disorder. On a societal level, it offers a powerful argument for the expansion of equine programs that accomplish what many organizations that utilize traditional methods of psychotherapy and pharmaceuticals have been unable to achieve.

To have a relationship with a horse is to discover and know yourself and the world with truth and compassion. Horses help us discover hidden parts of ourselves. They teach us that when we're not getting what we want, we're the ones who need to change.


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The Backyard Homestead Book of Kitchen Know-How: Field-To-Table Cooking Skills Cover Image
$23.14
ISBN: 9781612122045
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Published: Storey Publishing - August 25th, 2015

Growing vegetables and raising livestock is only the beginning of a successful homestead -- that fresh food goes to waste unless you can properly prepare, cook, and preserve it. Andrea Chesman shows you how to bridge the gap between field and table, covering everything from curing meats and making sausage to canning fruits and vegetables, milling flour, working with sourdough, baking no-knead breads, making braises and stews that can be adapted to different cuts of meat, rendering lard and tallow, pickling, making butter and cheese, making yogurt, blanching vegetables for the freezer, making jams and jellies, drying produce, and much more. You’ll learn all the techniques you need to get the most from homegrown foods, along with dozens of simple and delicious recipes, most of which can be adapted to use whatever you have available.


New England Getting Started Garden Guide: Grow the Best Flowers, Shrubs, Trees, Vines & Groundcovers - Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshir Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781591866107
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Published: Cool Springs Press - November 15th, 2014

New England Getting Started Garden Guide makes it easy to research, choose, plant, and care for more than 150 species handpicked exclusively for their ability to thrive in climates across Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

 

The only garden guide with a plant selection as diverse as New England weather. To say that the climate in the northeastern United States is diverse would be an understatement. We've seen football games played in blizzards, been caught in jungle-like rain showers, and shaded ourselves from the humid summer rays. With ever-changing conditions, the thought of growing a healthy home garden can be daunting . . . but with such a varied landscape comes an equally varied mix of wonderful plants, including many native ones. You simply need to know which plants belong where, and in New England Getting Started Garden Guide, lifelong New Englander and Master Gardener Charlie Nardozzi tells you exactly that. Featuring more than 150 plants across six states - Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont - this straightforward manual makes it easy to research, choose, plant, and care for species handpicked exclusively for their ability to thrive in climates across New England. The plants within, organized alphabetically by plant type and common name, are each displayed with a full-color photograph, pronunciation guide, thorough planting and care instructions, and recommendations for companion plants that you can place nearby. This book is complete with a clever set of icons denoting sun/shade requirements and plant perks, and it even contains official color-coded USDA zone maps. From the splendor of fall-blooming asters to the beloved northeastern hydrangeas, New England Getting Started Garden Guide is your one-stop reference for growing plants that love living there as much as you do.


Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780618871711
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Published: Mariner Books - June 1st, 2007

A fresh and brilliantly told memoir from a cult favorite comic artist, marked by gothic twists, a family funeral home, sexual angst, and great books.

This breakout book by Alison Bechdel is a darkly funny family tale, pitch-perfectly illustrated with Bechdel's sweetly gothic drawings. Like Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis, it's a story exhilaratingly suited to graphic memoir form.

Meet Alison's father, a historic preservation expert and obsessive restorer of the family's Victorian home, a third-generation funeral home director, a high school English teacher, an icily distant parent, and a closeted homosexual who, as it turns out, is involved with his male students and a family babysitter. Through narrative that is alternately heartbreaking and fiercely funny, we are drawn into a daughter's complex yearning for her father. And yet, apart from assigned stints dusting caskets at the family-owned "fun home," as Alison and her brothers call it, the relationship achieves its most intimate expression through the shared code of books. When Alison comes out as homosexual herself in late adolescense, the denouement is swift, graphic -- and redemptive.


Click, Clack, Ho! Ho! Ho! Cover Image
By Doreen Cronin, Betsy Lewin (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781442496736
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - September 22nd, 2015

Santa comes to the barnyard in this holiday addition to the award-winning Click, Clack series from the New York Times bestselling and Caldecott winning team who brought you Click, Clack, Moo and Click, Clack, Peep!

It’s the night before Christmas and all through the farm, not a creature is stirring, not even a...duck?

Farmer Brown is busy decorating his home in preparation for Santa’s arrival on Christmas Eve! All seems calm in the barnyard, but Farmer Brown isn’t the only one who is getting ready...

Ho
Ho
OH NO!

Once again, Duck has gotten the whole barnyard STUCK in quite a predicament! Will anyone be able to un-stuck Duck and save Christmas?


Frederick's Journey: The Life of Frederick Douglass Cover Image
By Doreen Rappaport, London Ladd (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781423114383
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Published: Jump at the Sun - November 3rd, 2015

Frederick Douglass was born a slave. He was taken from his mother as a baby, and separated from his grandparents when he was six. He suffered hunger and abuse, but miraculously, he learned how to read. Frederick read newspapers left in the street, and secretly collected spellings from neighborhood children. Words, he knew, would set him free.

When Frederick was twenty, he escaped to the North, where he spread his abolitionist beliefs through newspaper articles, autobiographies, and speeches. He believed that all people—regardless of color or gender—were entitled to equal rights. It is Douglass’s words, as well as his life, that still provide hope and inspiration across generations.

In this installment of the critically acclaimed Big Words series, Doreen Rappaport captures Frederick’s journey from boy to man, from slavery to freedom, by weaving Frederick’s powerful words with her own. London Ladd’s strong and evocative illustrations combine with the text to create a moving portrait of an extraordinary life.


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Mother Bruce Cover Image
By Ryan T. Higgins, Ryan T. Higgins (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781484730881
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - November 24th, 2015

Bruce the bear likes to keep to himself. That, and eat eggs. But when his hard-boiled goose eggs turn out to be real, live goslings, he starts to lose his appetite. And even worse, the goslings are convinced he’s their mother. Bruce tries to get the geese to go south, but he can’t seem to rid himself of his new companions. What’s a bear to do?


Harry Potter Coloring Book Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781338029994
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - November 10th, 2015

Unleash your creativity and escape to one of the most beloved series of all time.

Packed with stunning pieces of artwork from the Warner Bros. archive, this deluxe coloring book gives fans the chance to color in the vivid settings and beloved characters of J.K. Rowling's wizarding world. Containing intricate line drawings used in the making of the Harry Potter films, this coloring book includes fan-favorite scenes, creatures, and characters: from Dobby and baby Norbert to Quidditch games and the unforgettable final battle between Harry and Lord Voldemort.

Unique and interactive, Harry Potter: The Official Coloring Book is a perfect collector's item for all fans of the blockbuster saga--whether it's for those who grew up with Harry, Ron, and Hermione, or those who are discovering the magic for the very first time.


Lego Star Wars: Small Scenes from a Big Galaxy Cover Image
By Vesa Lehtimaki (Photographer)
$24.99
ISBN: 9781465440099
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Published: DK Publishing (Dorling Kindersley) - November 10th, 2015

Full of beautiful photography of classic LEGO Star Wars minifigures, LEGO Star Wars: Small Scenes from a Big Galaxy recreates movie moments from Star Wars and also takes readers through whimsical new takes on favorite characters and themes from the saga.

Created by Finnish photographer Vesa Lehtimäki using his son’s favorite toys, the book features painstaking recreations of classic movie moments and hilarious new takes on fan-favorite characters and themes. Informative captions give technical details for each scene, while anecdotes from Lehtimäki offer background insights to his creative process.

LEGO Star Wars: Small Scenes from a Big Galaxy is a breathtaking new look at a timeless icon that allows fans to see their favorite minifigures from the classic saga in an exciting new way.

© & TM 2015 LUCASFILM LTD.

LEGO, the LEGO logo, the Brick and Knob configurations and the Minifigure are trademarks of the LEGO Group.

© 2015 The LEGO Group.

Produced by DK Publishing under license from the LEGO Group.


Like Water on Stone Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780385743983
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Published: Ember - November 10th, 2015

Vermont Author!

“Evocative and hopeful,” says Newbery Honor-Winner Rita Williams-Garcia of this intense survival story set during the Armenian genocide of 1915.

It is 1914, and the Ottoman Empire is crumbling into violence.
Beyond Anatolia, in the Armenian Highlands, Shahen Donabedian dreams of going to New York. Sosi, his twin sister, never wants to leave her home, especially now that she is in love. At first, only Papa, who counts Turks and Kurds among his closest friends, stands in Shahen’s way. But when the Ottoman pashas set in motion their plans to eliminate all Armenians, neither twin has a choice.
After a horrifying attack leaves them orphaned, they flee into the mountains, carrying their little sister, Mariam. But the children are not alone. An eagle watches over them as they run at night and hide each day, making their way across mountain ridges and rivers red with blood.

A YALSA Best Fiction Nomination
A Notable Books for a Global Society Award Winner
A CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book of the Year
A Bank Street College of Education Best Book of the Year with Outstanding Merit

“I have walked through the remnants of the Armenian civilization in Palu and Chunkush, I have stood on the banks of the Euphrates. And still I was unprepared for how deeply moved I would be by Dana Walrath’s poignant, unflinching evocation of the Armenian Genocide. Her beautiful poetry and deft storytelling stayed with me long after I had finished this powerful novel in verse.” —Chris Bohjalian, author of The Sandcastle Girls and Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands

“A heartbreaking tale of familial love, blind trust, and the crushing of innocence. A fine and haunting work.” —Karen Hesse, Newbery Medal–winning author of Out of the Dust

“This eloquent verse novel brings one of history’s great tragedies to life.” —Margarita Engle, Newbery Honor–winning author of The Surrender Tree

*“This beautiful, yet at times brutally vivid, historical verse novel will bring this horrifying, tragic period to life for astute, mature readers.” —School Library Journal, Starred

“A powerful tale balancing the graphic reality of genocide with a shining spirit of hope and bravery in young refugees coming to terms with their world.”—Booklist

“The emotional impact these events had on individuals will certainly resonate.”—Kirkus Reviews


Winter Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9780312642983
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - November 10th, 2015

Here is the stunning conclusion to the national bestselling Lunar Chronicles, inspired by Snow White.

Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won't approve of her feelings for her childhood friend--the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn't as weak as Levana believes her to be and she's been undermining her stepmother's wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that's been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters? Fans will not want to miss this thrilling conclusion to Marissa Meyer's national bestselling Lunar Chronicles series.


Alone on the Wall Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780393247626
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - November 9th, 2015

The life and death-defying feats of Alex Honnold, a visionary climber of the sort that comes along only once in a generation.

Only a few years ago, Alex Honnold was little known beyond a small circle of hardcore climbers. Today, at the age of thirty, he is probably the most famous adventure athlete in the world. In that short time, he has proven his expertise in many styles of climbing and has shattered speed records, pioneered routes, and won awards within each discipline. More spectacularly still, he has pushed the most extreme and dangerous form of climbing far beyond the limits of what anyone thought was possible.

Free soloing, Honnold’s specialty, is a type of climbing performed without a rope, a partner, or hardware—such as pitons, nuts, or cams—for aid or protection. The results of climbing this way are breathtaking, but the stakes are ultimate: if you fall, you die.

In Alone on the Wall, Honnold recounts the seven most astonishing climbing achievements so far in his meteoric and still-evolving career. He narrates the drama of each climb, along with reflective passages that illuminate the inner workings of his highly perceptive and discerning mind. We share in the jitters and excitements he feels waking in his van (where he lives full time) before a climb; we see him self-criticize in his climbing journal (a veritable bible for students of the sport); and we learn his secrets to managing fear—his most enviable talent. Veteran climber and award-winning author David Roberts writes part of each chapter in his own voice, and he calls on other climbers and the sport’s storied past to put Alex's tremendous accomplishments in perspective.

Whenever Honnold speaks in public, he is asked the same two questions: "Aren't you afraid you're going to die?" and "Why do you do this?" Alone on the Wall takes us around the world and through the highs and lows in the life of a climbing superstar to answer those fascinating questions. Honnold's extraordinary life, and his idiosyncratic worldview, have much to teach us about risk, reward, and the ability to maintain a singular focus, even in the face of extreme danger.


Essays After Eighty Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780544570313
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Published: Mariner Books - November 3rd, 2015

"Alternately lyrical and laugh-out-loud funny."—New York Times

“Deliciously readable . . . Donald Hall, if abandoned by the muse of poetry, has wrought his prose to a keen autumnal edge.” — Wall Street Journal

His entire life, Donald Hall has dedicated himself to the written word, putting together a storied career as a poet, essayist, and memoirist. Now, in the “unknown, unanticipated galaxy” of very old age, he is writing essays that startle, move, and delight. In Essays After Eighty, Hall ruminates on his past: “thirty was terrifying, forty I never noticed because I was drunk, fifty was best with a total change of life, sixty extended the bliss of fifty . . .” He also addresses his present: “When I turned eighty and rubbed testosterone on my chest, my beard roared like a lion and gained four inches.” Most memorably, Hall writes about his enduring love affair with his ancestral Eagle Pond Farm and with the writing life that sustains him every day: “Yesterday my first nap was at 9:30 a.m., but when I awoke I wrote again.”

“Alluring, inspirational hominess . . . Essays After Eighty is a treasure . . . balancing frankness about losses with humor and gratitude.” — Washington Post

“A fine book of remembering all sorts of things past, Essays After Eighty is to be treasured.” — Boston Globe


Something Abides: Discovering the Civil War in Today's Vermont Cover Image
$28.94
ISBN: 9781581573183
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Published: Countryman Press - November 23rd, 2015

Experience Civil War historic sites and small towns that can be found nowhere else in America.

Today, throughout Vermont, it is possible to identify hundreds and hundreds of Civil War–related sites. Throughout Vermont are soldier homes, halls where war meetings encouraged enlistments, churches where soldier funerals were held and abolitionists spoke, monuments to those who served, hospital sites, and homes where women gathered to make items for the soldiers. The Vermont State House is a virtual Civil War museum. A building survives in Woodstock where the war was administered. Cemeteries hold the gravestones of many of the 34,000 who fought. A field even exists where in 1803 a Quaker preacher heard a voice from above fortell a bloody war over slavery.

With the help of this book, Civil War sites can be located as in no other state, taking the reader through the beautiful Vermont landscape of hill farms and small towns that looks more like the Civil War era than that of any other state.


The Art of Grace: On Moving Well Through Life Cover Image
$28.94
ISBN: 9780393243956
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - November 2nd, 2015

A Pulitzer Prize–winning dance critic teaches us to appreciate—and enact—grace in every dimension, from the physical to the emotional.

Grace has long been taught as essential to civilized living. The Three Graces—goddesses of charm, beauty, and creativity—exemplify ease and harmony with one another and the world around them. But what has happened to this simple, marvelous concept of being at ease in the world?

With warmth, humor, and an ever-perceptive eye, Sarah L. Kaufman sifts the graceful from the graceless, celebrating heart-catching moments of physical elegance in sports, movies, dance, fashion, and music; rare sightings of celebrity grace; the secrets of gracious hosts; and grace found unexpectedly, in the kitchen of a high-end restaurant and among strippers in a basement bar. Kaufman’s thought-provoking reflections on these physical and social acts of grace offer hope for even the clumsiest, most awkward among us.

Guided by the muse of Cary Grant (with further inspiration from Smokey Robinson, Roger Federer, Nelson Mandela, Margot Fonteyn, Amy Purdy, Beyoncé, and others), Kaufman illuminates the importance of grace in the small moments of everyday life. In The Art of Grace, she inspires us to walk taller, spend time on unnecessary kindnesses, and celebrate the grace notes in our lives and those of others.


The Generals: Patton, MacArthur, Marshall, and the Winning of World War II Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781426215490
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Published: National Geographic Society - November 10th, 2015

Celebrated historian Winston Groom tells the intertwined and uniquely American tales of George Patton, Douglas MacArthur, and George Marshall - from the World War I battle that shaped them to their greatest victory: leading the allies to victory in World War II. These three remarkable men-of-arms who rose from the gruesome hell of the First World War to become the finest generals of their generation during World War II redefined America’s ideas of military leadership and brought forth a new generation of American soldier. Their efforts revealed to the world the grit and determination that would become synonymous with America in the post-war years.

Filled with novel-worthy twists and turns, and set against the backdrop of the most dramatic moments of the twentieth century, The Generals is a powerful, action-packed book filled with marvelous surprises and insights into the lives of America’s most celebrated warriors.


The White Road: Journey Into an Obsession Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780374289263
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - November 10th, 2015

A gripping blend of history and memoir, by the author of the award-winning and bestselling international sensation, The Hare with Amber Eyes.

In The White Road, bestselling author and artist Edmund de Waal gives us an intimate narrative history of his lifelong obsession with porcelain, or "white gold." A potter who has been working with porcelain for more than forty years, de Waal describes how he set out on five journeys to places where porcelain was dreamed about, refined, collected and coveted-and that would help him understand the clay's mysterious allure. From his studio in London, he starts by travelling to three "white hills"-sites in China, Germany and England that are key to porcelain's creation. But his search eventually takes him around the globe and reveals more than a history of cups and figurines; rather, he is forced to confront some of the darkest moments of twentieth-century history.

Part memoir, part history, part detective story, The White Road chronicles a global obsession with alchemy, art, wealth, craft, and purity. In a sweeping yet intimate style that recalls The Hare with Amber Eyes, de Waal gives us a singular understanding of "the spectrum of porcelain" and the mapping of desire.


Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780544668256
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - November 24th, 2015

Have you ever tried to learn more about some incredible thing, only to be frustrated by incomprehensible jargon? Randall Munroe is here to help. In Thing Explainer, he uses line drawings and only the thousand (or, rather, “ten hundred”) most common words to provide simple explanations for some of the most interesting stuff there is, including:
 

  • food-heating radio boxes (microwaves)
  • tall roads (bridges)
  • computer buildings (datacenters)
  • the shared space house (the International Space Station)
  • the other worlds around the sun (the solar system)
  • the big flat rocks we live on (tectonic plates)
  • the pieces everything is made of (the periodic table)
  • planes with turning wings (helicopters)
  • boxes that make clothes smell better (washers and dryers)
  • the bags of stuff inside you (cells)


How do these things work? Where do they come from? What would life be like without them? And what would happen if we opened them up, heated them up, cooled them down, pointed them in a different direction, or pressed this button? In Thing Explainer, Munroe gives us the answers to these questions and so many more. Funny, interesting, and always understandable, this book is for anyone—age 5 to 105—who has ever wondered how things work, and why.


Unstoppable: Harnessing Science to Change the World Cover Image
By Bill Nye, Corey S. Powell (Editor)
$31.31
ISBN: 9781250007148
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Published: St. Martin's Press - November 10th, 2015

New York Times bestselling author of UNDENIABLE and former host of "Bill Nye the Science Guy" issues a new challenge to today's generation: to make a cleaner, more efficient, and happier world.

Just as World War II called an earlier generation to greatness, so the climate crisis is calling today's rising youth to action: to create a better future.

For over twenty years, Bill Nye has inspired legions of fans with an empowering message: The combination of scientific curiosity and human ingenuity can transform obstacles into opportunities, and unlock a future of endless possibilities.

Now, in Unstoppable: Harnessing Science to Change the World, Bill applies his message of technological optimism to the serious challenge facing our species: climate change. With a scientist's rigorous understanding of how things are, and an engineer's vision of how things could be, Bill completely reframes the issue. He sees today's environmental crisis not as the end of progress but as an opportunity for a tremendous new beginning-a moment for our society rethink the way we live and to create a cleaner, healthier, smarter world. We need not remain shackled to the inefficient technologies of the Industrial Revolution; we need not accept pollution and environmental ruin as the inevitable costs of a vibrant economy; above all, we need not leave our children a planet that is depleted and overheated. The urgent task here is not saving the Earth. It's saving the Earth for us-for humanity. We can do that, but the moment to begin is now.

When you are done reading, you will be enlightened and inspired. You will see a new path forward. You will be ready to join Bill and change the world.


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A Wild Swan: And Other Tales Cover Image
By Michael Cunningham, Yuko Shimizu (Illustrator)
$26.68
ISBN: 9780374290252
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - November 10th, 2015

Fairy tales for our times from the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Hours.
A poisoned apple and a monkey's paw with the power to change fate; a girl whose extraordinarily long hair causes catastrophe; a man with one human arm and one swan's wing; and a house deep in the forest, constructed of gumdrops and gingerbread, vanilla frosting and boiled sugar. In A Wild Swan and Other Tales, the people and the talismans of lands far, far away—the mythic figures of our childhoods and the source of so much of our wonder—are transformed by Michael Cunningham into stories of sublime revelation.
Here are the moments that our fairy tales forgot or deliberately concealed: the years after a spell is broken, the rapturous instant of a miracle unexpectedly realized, or the fate of a prince only half cured of a curse. The Beast stands ahead of you in line at the convenience store, buying smokes and a Slim Jim, his devouring smile aimed at the cashier. A malformed little man with a knack for minor acts of wizardry goes to disastrous lengths to procure a child. A loutish and lazy Jack prefers living in his mother's basement to getting a job, until the day he trades a cow for a handful of magic beans.
Reimagined by one of the most gifted storytellers of his generation, and exquisitely illustrated by Yuko Shimizu, rarely have our bedtime stories been this dark, this perverse, or this true.


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ISBN: 9781616203573
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Published: Algonquin Books - November 3rd, 2015

When Alizée Benoit, a young American painter working for the Works Progress Administration (WPA), vanishes in New York City in 1940, no one knows what happened to her. Not her Jewish family living in German-occupied France. Not her arts patron and political compatriot, Eleanor Roosevelt. Not her close-knit group of friends and fellow WPA painters, including Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, and Lee Krasner. And, some seventy years later, not her great-niece, Danielle Abrams, who, while working at Christie’s auction house, uncovers enigmatic paintings hidden behind works by those now famous Abstract Expressionist artists. Do they hold answers to the questions surrounding her missing aunt?

Entwining the lives of both historical and fictional characters, and moving between the past and the present, The Muralist plunges readers into the divisiveness of prewar politics and the largely forgotten plight of European refugees refused entrance to the United States. It captures both the inner workings of New York’s art scene and the beginnings of the vibrant and quintessentially American school of Abstract Expressionism.

As she did in her bestselling novel The Art Forger, B. A. Shapiro tells a gripping story while exploring provocative themes. In Alizée and Danielle she has created two unforgettable women, artists both, who compel us to ask: What happens when luminous talent collides with unstoppable historical forces? Does great art have the power to change the world?


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ISBN: 9781455561490
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - November 3rd, 2015

Twain & Stanley Enter Paradise, by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Oscar Hijuelos, is a luminous work of fiction inspired by the real-life, 37-year friendship between two towering figures of the late nineteenth century, famed writer and humorist Mark Twain and legendary explorer Sir Henry Morton Stanley.
 
Hijuelos was fascinated by the Twain-Stanley connection and eventually began researching and writing a novel that used the scant historical record of their relationship as a starting point for a more detailed fictional account. It was a labor of love for Hijuelos, who worked on the project for more than ten years, publishing other novels along the way but always returning to Twain and Stanley; indeed, he was still revising the manuscript the day before his sudden passing in 2013.
 
The resulting novel is a richly woven tapestry of people and events that is unique among the author's works, both in theme and structure. Hijuelos ingeniously blends correspondence, memoir, and third-person omniscience to explore the intersection of these Victorian giants in a long vanished world.
 
From their early days as journalists in the American West, to their admiration and support of each other's writing, their mutual hatred of slavery, their social life together in the dazzling literary circles of the period, and even a mysterious journey to Cuba to search for Stanley's adoptive father, TWAIN & STANLEY ENTER PARADISE superbly channels two vibrant but very different figures. It is also a study of Twain's complex bond with Mrs. Stanley, the bohemian portrait artist Dorothy Tennant, who introduces Twain and his wife to the world of séances and mediums after the tragic death of their daughter.
 
A compelling and deeply felt historical fantasia that utilizes the full range of Hijuelos' gifts, Twain & Stanley Enter Paradise stands as an unforgettable coda to a brilliant writing career.


The Wheel of Time Companion: The People, Places, and History of the Bestselling Series Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780765314611
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Published: Tor Books - November 3rd, 2015

The definitive encyclopedia for #1 New York Times bestselling series

Since its debut in 1990, The Wheel of Time® by Robert Jordan has captivated millions of readers around the globe with its scope, originality, and compelling characters. Over the course of fifteen books and millions of words, the world that Jordan created grew in depth and complexity. However, only a fraction of what Jordan imagined ended up on the page, the rest going into his personal files.

Now The Wheel of Time Companion sheds light on some of the most intriguing aspects of the world, including biographies and motivations of many characters that never made it into the books, but helped bring Jordan's world to life.

Included in the volume in an A-to-Z format are:

• An entry for each named character
• An inclusive dictionary of the Old Tongue
• New maps of the Last Battle
• New portraits of many characters
• Histories and customs of the nations of the world
• The strength level of many channelers
• Descriptions of the flora and fauna unique to the world
• And much more!

The Wheel of Time Companion will be required reading for The Wheel of Time's millions of fans.


Holy Cows
by Ilamae Vinje Warnes Lund, illus. by Harald Aksdal
$19.95
ISBN: 9781935922758
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"Holy Cows is the beautiful story, lovingly illustrated, of a long-ago farm family Christmas in rural America. It reminded me of the Christmas stories my mother told me of her rural girlhood nearly a century ago. Holy Cows is one of the very best Christmas stories I've ever read. I loved it." --Howard Frank Mosher

 

 

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By Doreen Cronin, Betsy Lewin (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781442496736
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - September 22nd, 2015

Santa comes to the barnyard in this holiday addition to the award-winning Click, Clack series from the New York Times bestselling and Caldecott winning team who brought you Click, Clack, Moo and Click, Clack, Peep!

It’s the night before Christmas and all through the farm, not a creature is stirring, not even a...duck?

Farmer Brown is busy decorating his home in preparation for Santa’s arrival on Christmas Eve! All seems calm in the barnyard, but Farmer Brown isn’t the only one who is getting ready...

Ho
Ho
OH NO!

Once again, Duck has gotten the whole barnyard STUCK in quite a predicament! Will anyone be able to un-stuck Duck and save Christmas?


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ISBN: 9780316386586
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Published: Hachette Books - October 20th, 2015

Never before commercially available, never before collected: here is a holiday treasure from the beguiling author of Mary Poppins, P.L. Travers. Aunt Sass contains three jewel-perfect tales that showcase Travers' signature blend of sugar and spice!

P.L. Travers wrote with a signature blend of sugar and spice; her characters, including Mary Poppins, are endearing, outsized, and cozy. Her talent for capturing the perspective of children shines through Aunt Sass Christmas Stories. Each of the stories in this book was written as a holiday gift, sent to her friends and family and never published. Now her millions of readers and generations of filmgoers will recognize how she used her life story to inform her fiction. Whether it is Aunt Sass herself--who Travers admits is partly her inspiration for Poppins--or the Chinese cook whose "heathen" ways show the narrator the path to salvation, or the crass ex-jockey whose life work is not at all what it appears, the characters are unforgettable.


An Old-Fashioned Christmas: Sweet Traditions for Hearth and Home Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781581573282
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Published: Countryman Press - November 2nd, 2015

Vermont Author!

Celebrate the beauty and charm of the holidays with recipes for traditional food and drink, decorating ideas, and heartwarming stories.

With its trademark snow, piney forests, sleigh rides and woodsmoke curling out of village chimneys, New England was practically invented for the Christmas postcard. It’s got your Christmas goose and the maple syrup with which to glaze it. It’s most of the reason author Ellen Stimson made Vermont her home. Here she shares recipes that have been in her family for generations, mixes up a cocktail or two, and invites readers to make their own traditions.


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