Rebecca's Picks

Rebecca is a math and literacy teacher who has recently left the classroom to tutor kids by night and sell books by day.  Her favorite things are learning, music, and delight; her favorite books are non-fiction science and nature, memoir, and kids' fiction.  Her pets are a cat named Tigger, and (of late) a mud-dauber wasp and two cribellate orb-weaver spiders.

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The Hundred-Year House Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143127444
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Published: Penguin Books - May 26th, 2015

The Hundred-Year House is smart, not pretentious; lighthearted, not fluffy; perceptive, not ponderous.  It's the story of a mysterious house, the artists' colony founded there, and its denizens, told backward over the course of a century.  Playful, serious, clever, and satisfying, it's a book to make your brain happy.


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Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781451666175
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Published: Touchstone Books - October 29th, 2013

Read Allie Brosh's stories from life and you will shriek with laughter, ache with compassion, and weep from both.  Stories about dogs, about childhood, about depression, are all illustrated with a bounty of artistic genius.  Brosh has a rare talent for 100% snark-free humor; her gift for both prose and visual storytelling is matched by a profound empathy that makes this so much more than a wildly funny book.  A multifaceted (and multicolored!) gem.


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Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography Cover Image
$39.95
ISBN: 9780984504176
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Published: South Dakota State Historical Society - November 20th, 2014

This book is a must-have for fans of the Little House books.  First, the complete text of Laura Ingalls Wilder's original memoir will answer your questions about how Wilder crafted her novels from the facts as she knew them -- what she left out, downplayed, enhanced, or invented, and why.  Even better, the thoroughly researched annotation expands on every possible detail -- using everything from photos, maps, and song lyrics, to encapsulated biographies of every person she mentions and explanations of the sociopolitical context in which she lived.  A riveting, fascinating treasure.  


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The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781565126060
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill - August 24th, 2010

A beautiful blend of science and poetry, this book is about the exalted journeys of a humble snail, and the wonder and appreciation of the woman, confined to her bed, who observes it.  It is about isolation and relation, observation and knowledge, and what it means to be a living thing sharing space with another living thing.  This is a lovely, remarkable book.


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