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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Written by a knowledgeable veteran gardener. Sydney Eddison shares tips on how to change our gardening to match our lifestyle. Beautiful drawings and information complement this book of wisdom.

Gardening for a Lifetime: How to Garden Wiser as You Grow Older Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781604692662
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Published: Timber Press (OR) - April 13th, 2011

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Compelling personal narratives of oppressed girls and women by Pulitzer prize winning journalist Kristof and his wife WuDunn, who propell readers to make a difference. The book provides resources for improving the lives of women around the world.

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780307387097
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Published: Vintage Books USA - June 1st, 2010

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In her second novel, Haji weaves together stories of three generations. What would be your reaction if you discvered your biological father was a Muslim? The protagonist also has to help her twin brother cope with PTSD after his tour of duty in Iraq. This novel helps readers to understand American Muslims and dispels stereotypes.

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$14.99
ISBN: 9780061780103
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Published: William Morrow & Company - May 17th, 2011

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A wise book for our times. Based on a 12th century poem by Attar, Peter Sis magnificently illustrates the birds' search for King Simorgh, the true king. Peter Sis inspires us to look at life's journey in a new way.

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ISBN: 9781594203060
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Penguin Press - October 27th, 2011

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The protagonist, Jean Patrick Nkuba, trains to represent Rwanda in the Olympics.  As political tension mounts between Tutsis and Hutus, he is drawn into the political strife that turns neighbor against neighbor.  Jean Patrick runs to escape the genocide.  He shows the resilience of the human spirit.

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ISBN: 9781616200428
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill - January 3rd, 2012

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$14.95
ISBN: 9781616201944
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Published: Algonquin Books - October 16th, 2012

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For those of us interested in the creative process Lehrer shows how different parts of the brain work.  Creativity is work!  From Bob Dylan and Milton Glaser to 3M Corporation and Pixar, Lehrer helps us to understand the creative process.  I couldn't put it down.

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ISBN: 9780547386072
Availability: Special Order
Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - March 19th, 2012

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A childless couple move to Alaska in the 1920's to become homesteaders.  Their lives are transformed by the snow child who enters their lives and reclaims their hearts.  Based on a Russian fairy tale, this story will keep you enchanted from start to end.  Mysterious.  Mystical.

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ISBN: 9780316175678
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Reagan Arthur Books - February 1st, 2012

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Canadian writer Munro's collection of stories show how women can transcend the most difficult of circumstances. The examples range from a woman trapped in an emotionally abusive marriage to a young woman who cares for a terminally ill veteran.

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$15.95
ISBN: 9780307390349
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Published: Vintage Books USA - November 2nd, 2010

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What experience might move a person to watch the life of a snail in a terrarium? Bailey shares her observations of a tiny mollusk from her bedside. This book combines philosophy, science, and nature in an unforgettable way. The writing is beautiful.

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ISBN: 9781565126060
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill - August 24th, 2010

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