Kristen's Picks

Phoenix Books’ events and marketing manager, Kristen has worked and traveled in Ireland, Italy, Maine, and Philadelphia, and has since returned home to Vermont. Kristen is a fan of nonfiction with an anthropological bent and of fiction authors who walk the line between fantasy and reality (e.g. Alice Hoffman and Neil Gaiman). She will forever be devoted to Terry Pratchett (and Granny Weatherwax). Since she completed an apprenticeship with herbalist Rosemary Gladstar, Kristen has informally adopted Phoenix's selection of books on herbalism.

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Never Look an American in the Eye: A Memoir of Flying Turtles, Colonial Ghosts, and the Making of a Nigerian Amiercan Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9781616957605
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Published: Soho Press - October 11th, 2016

Okey Ndibe, originally from Nigeria, has written a generously good-humored memoir about his move to and adjustment to living in the US.  A wonderful read, this book also offers an eye-opening perspective on many aspects of American culture.


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$19.99
ISBN: 9781250044655
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - November 8th, 2016

Heartless - the origin story of the Queen of Hearts from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - is a brilliant adventure.  Despite the fact that we know the unhappy fate of the Queen of Hearts, readers will be swept away by the vibrancy of the world and its populace, the protagonist's sheer joy in her calling as a baker, the plentiful wordplay, and the mischievous and mysterious court joker, Jest.  While remaining true to her source material, Meyer has created a more cohesive world than Carroll's own, and it's one this reader didn't want to leave:  I tore through this book in less than two days, and then, that same night, started over again, this time only allowing myself the ration of one chapter a night.  It was still over too soon, and this book has left me hungry for tarts and mad tea parties.  I highly recommend it to devotees of wit and whimsy, and of course to those who have enjoyed previous incarnations of Wonderland stories, as well as readers of the author's Lunar Chronicles series.


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Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9781455566389
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Published: Twelve - May 24th, 2016

The Guardian has said, "Rather than asking how we can save our returning servicemen and women, Junger challenges us to take a hard look in the mirror and ask whether we can save ourselves."  While we're often told we live in the greatest country in the world, it is a country that is dangerously polarized, a culture that suffers from a profound sense of alienation, and an economy in which the gap between the haves and the have-nots continues to grow.  What's wrong with our society?  Junger has distilled this complex subject into a compelling, slim yet nuanced volume.  This book asks intriguing questions and starts the journey toward solutions.  Recommended reading for anyone with the nagging suspicion that the "civilized" world doesn't have all the answers after all.


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$15.99
ISBN: 9780062277039
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Published: Harper Perennial - April 11th, 2017

A powerful, beautifully crafted book about characters who possess such will and vibrancy that they wrestle this novel - which could have been purely a tragedy - into a story of resilience, determination, connection, and even generosity in the face of loss.


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The Aromatherapy Garden: Growing Fragrant Plants for Happiness and Well-Being Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781604695496
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Published: Timber Press (OR) - April 27th, 2016

This fascinating book is a celebration of fragrant plants.  Essential oils are a hot topic these days, but why not go back to the source and enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy thanks to gardening with beautifully scented plants?  While the focus of the book is gardening - and once you start this book, you'll find yourself planning your own aromatherapy garden - I also recommend this title for herbalists, nature lovers, and anyone fascinated by the science and history of fragrance and perfume.  Filled with gorgeous photographs - many of which were taken in the author's garden - this book really is a delight.


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The Food Activist Handbook: Big & Small Things You Can Do to Help Provide Fresh, Healthy Food for Your Community Cover Image
By Ali Berlow, Alice Randall (Foreword by)
$20.82
ISBN: 9781612121802
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Published: Storey Publishing - May 5th, 2015

This book is packed full of practical ways you can make a difference in your community. Approachable and inspiring, I highly recommend this title.


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Darjeeling: The Colorful History and Precarious Fate of the World's Greatest Tea Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781620405130
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - July 12th, 2016

A fascinating exploration of the "Champagne of teas," Darjeeling.  Tea lovers, armchair travelers, and foodies will drink up this lush look into Darjeeling's history, its current challenges, and the beautiful tea produced there.


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Natural Hair Coloring: How to Use Henna and Other Pure Herbal Pigments for Chemical-Free Beauty Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781612125985
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Published: Storey Publishing - May 17th, 2016

I'm head over heels in love with this book. If you color your hair with conventional dyes but would welcome a healthy alternative, you must read this - but also read this book if you already henna your hair but would enjoy creative ways to play with herbal pigments, if you've never colored your hair but think it might be a lot of fun, or even if you just love plants and the nifty things they can do.  The author's warmth and enthusiasm make this book a pleasure to read, and it's absolutely wonderful the things that Christine Shahin can do with the natural plant dyes henna, indigo, amla, and cassia.  The whole book is gorgeously photographed and the models are real, vibrant, beautiful, "normal" women and men (not supermodels). Natural Hair Coloring is a down-to-earth, practical guide that will make coloring your hair with natural pigments fun and accessible even if you're a beginner.  It's also a generous and joyous celebration of beauty.


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The Complete Herbs Sourcebook: An A-To-Z Guide of Herbs to Cure Your Everyday Ailments Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781510709164
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Published: Skyhorse Publishing - June 14th, 2016

This wonderful book is packed full of insight on how to work with plant medicines to cure everyday ailments.  Highly recommended for anyone who studies or practices herbalism, as well as those who are more generally interested in greater health with fewer pharmaceuticals.  The book is also beautiful (making it a great gift) and well-organized - first by the systems of the body and relevant ailments, and then by plant, so this is a wonderful reference whether you're seeking advice on dealing with a physical challenge or to get to know a specific plant better.


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The Good Living Guide to Beekeeping: Secrets of the Hive, Stories from the Field, and a Practical Guide That Explains It All Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781680990591
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Published: Good Books - February 16th, 2016

This beautiful and inviting book is packed full of good advice and gorgeous photography!  I'd certainly recommend it for anyone interested in getting into beekeeping, but also for seasoned beekeepers (who will enjoy the interviews with fellow beekeepers) and those who are simply curious about how beekeeping works.  This book is an absolute pleasure to read, and the chapter of recipes include creative, mouthwatering dishes like "Honey Quinoa Breakfast Bake" and "Honey Cucumber Salad."  Vermonters may be interested to know that - in addition to boasting a local author - this book features interviews with Vermont beekeepers like Jennings Berger, Scott and Valarie Wilson of Heavenly Honey Apiary, Robbie Miner, Gordon Fisher, and Bill Mares.


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