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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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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ISBN: 9780307390349
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
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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