Heather's Picks

Heather found her way to Phoenix Books after retiring from full-time teaching. Her primary interest is in fiction, but she also ventures into poetry, nature, gardening, biography, history, and mystery. Lately, she has been reading some middle grade fiction to help young people.

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Heather
Dear Life: Stories Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780307743725
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Published: Vintage - July 30th, 2013

I am always sellbound by Munro's story-telling. She captures characters' lives fully--understanding the journey of life--departures and beginnings, accidents and dangers, outgoings and homecomings. The last 4 stories are somewhat autobiographical.


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What would we do if we learned that our parents risked their lives for
freedom? In this work of fiction based on her own family and friends,
Delijani weaves together the stories of young women, mothers and fathers
and idealists entrapped by the Iranian Revolution in the 1980s.  Those
who fled the country long to return to the land of the sweet jacaranda
tree and feel the pull to return and answer to the desire for liberty
that pulses among the next generation.

Children of the Jacaranda Tree Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781476709093
Availability: Special Order
Published: Atria Books - June 18th, 2013

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In this children's book about friendship, a bear is awed by the gifts
left outside his cave day after day.  Giving thanks for the gifts, bear
leaves his own treats for the mysterious gift giver. A story about
friendship.

Bear in Love Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780763645694
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - August 14th, 2012

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As a work of historical fiction, Shapiro bases her story on the knowledge of how some great forgers-John Myatt, Ely Sakhai and Han van Meegen fooled great museums and famous collectors. She crafts a thriller worth reading. She makes readers ponder the authenticity of a piece of art when experts are loath to reveal that they have been duped.
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ISBN: 9781616201326
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Algonquin Books - October 23rd, 2012

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Shawn expresses great empathy for his twin sister, who was probably autistic, in the 1950's before the diagnosis was even known. Shawn felt incomplete because Mary had been sent to an institution when she was six.  Shawn explores family relationships sensitively and compassionately.
Twin: A Memoir Cover Image
$17.40
ISBN: 9780143120223
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Published: Penguin Books - February 28th, 2012

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Set in South Africa during WWII, this is a coming of age story that delves into many themes: bullying, apartheid, music, boxing, empowerment, family relationships, prison systems...
The Power of One Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780345410054
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Published: Ballantine Books - September 29th, 1996

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What happens when you don't keep a secret? A very funny story with a surprise ending.

Olive and the Big Secret Cover Image
By Tor Freeman, Tor Freeman (Illustrator)
$18.55
ISBN: 9780763661496
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Published: Templar Books - August 14th, 2012

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Another remarkable work of historical fiction based on a true story. Caleb was among the Indian graduates of Harvard College. Readers are invited to see what happens when Indians and Puritans live side by side.

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ISBN: 9780670021048
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Published: Viking Books - May 3rd, 2011

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This book has ingenious tips and shortcuts to make your gardening more effective and pleasant . . . even for experienced gardeners.

Trowel and Error: Over 700 Organic Remedies, Shortcuts, and Tips for the Gardener Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780761126324
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Published: Workman Publishing - January 15th, 2002

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If you liked The Kite Runner or A Thousand Splendid Suns, this book will speak to you. Saira, a free-spirited Muslim-American of Indo-Pakistani descent, comes to see her grandparents and parents in a new way. She helps us understand the connections to family.

The Writing on My Forehead Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780061493867
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Published: Harper Perennial - March 2nd, 2010

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