These events all took place in our Burlington store.
Did you know that more than half the population is made up of introverts? Join Arnie Kozak, PhD for a discussion of how to maximize the advantages of being an introvert.
Extroverts get all the attention—but society is beginning to recognize the value of introverts—their observational skills, creativity, and strong focus. In Kozak's new book The Everything® Guide to the Introvert Edge, introverts can learn how to not only survive in an extroverted world, but also to thrive and appreciate their unique strengths. Readers will learn how to embrace their quiet temperament and engage others effectively without compromising their true nature. Introverts don’t need to become more outgoing; they will learn how to change the way they look at themselves and use their unique personality to win—at home, in social situations, and at work.
Arnie Kozak, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist—Doctorate is a Clinical Assistant Professor in Psychiatry at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He also teaches at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies and the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. He is the author of Wild Chickens and Petty Tyrants: 108 Metaphors for Mindfulness, The Everything Buddhism Book (2nd Edition), and Mindfulness A-Z: 108 Insights for Awakening Now (forthcoming Spring 2014). Arnie is dedicated to translating the Buddha’s teachings into readily accessible forms. When he’s not writing, teaching or doing psychotherapy, he’s riding his Harley in summer and the frozen slopes of Northern Vermont on his snowboard in winter.
The reception will start at 4pm, with light fare, giveaways, and time for shopping and socializing. At 6:00pm, we'll invite you to sit down with S.S. Taylor to learn a little about her newest book and to participate in a Q&A. Our event with S.S. Taylor earlier this year was a huge hit, so we're especially excited to have this wonderful children's author here for our local educators!
Plus, we'll be offering a 20% discount to teachers and librarians on books for both classroom and personal use! This discount will apply all day at both Phoenix locations. (Some exceptions apply.)
S. S. Taylor has been fascinated by maps ever since age 10, when she discovered an error on a map of her neighborhood and wondered if it was really a mistake. She has a strong interest in books of all kinds, expeditions, old libraries, mysterious situations, long-hidden secrets, missing explorers, and traveling to known and unknown places.
Adult fans of E L James and Stephanie Meyer won't want to miss this event with Vermont's own paranormal romance author Sarah Gilman! Sarah will visit Phoenix Books Burlington to talk about her new novel, Deep in Crimson. Deep in Crimson is set in Vermont!
About the book: Kidnapped by humans and raised in a research facility, Jett was taught to believe his own race of demons insidious and violent. But a friendship with the archangel Raphael shatters Jett’s reality. Caught between two worlds, his first months of freedom find him lingering on the fringes of his home colony, Sanctuary. When the human who stole Jett captures another demon youth from Sanctuary, Jett learns of the real plan—to steal Raphael’s archangel grandchildren. Jett wants to bring his captor to justice, but he must overcome the lies from his past and join forces with the demon Guardians, and the demon child’s older sister, Lexine.
Irresistible attraction grows between Jett and Lexine, but Lexine’s prophetic dreams of being mated to a poacher make her wary. And if Jett goes through the all-consuming process of becoming a Guardian, he may forfeit any chance they have of being together.
Sarah Gilman started her first novel in third grade. She never finished that story, but never gave up the dream. Her fascination with wings also began at that age, when images of the ancient Egyptian goddess Isis captured her imagination and never let go. Now a paranormal romance writer, she employs her love of writing to bring the allure of winged creatures to the pages of her novels. Sarah lives in Vermont with her supportive husband and two spoiled cats.
Join Sarah Mittlefehldt to explore the rich history of the Appalachian Trail - and to hear some anecdotes from her 3,000-mile-long honeymoon hike of the trail! Sarah's new book is entitled Tangled Roots: The Appalachian Trail and American Environmental Politics.
The evening will also include a free performance by Mittlefeldht and John Gillette, who have been described by Robert Resnik as "accomplished on a truckful of instruments, and sound[ing] as though they’ve been playing original, soulful acoustic music for much longer than the term 'Americana' has been around." The program will include songs that were written while hiking the Appalachian trail, as well as ones that relate to the themes of Tangled Roots.
About the book:
The Appalachian Trail, a thin ribbon of wilderness running through the densely populated eastern United States, offers a refuge from modern society and a place apart from human ideas and institutions. But as environmental historian and thru-hiker Sarah Mittlefehldt argues, the trail is also a conduit for community engagement and a model for public-private cooperation and environmental stewardship.
In Tangled Roots, Mittlefehldt tells the story of the trail’s creation. The project was one of the first in which the National Park Service attempted to create public wilderness space within heavily populated, privately owned lands. Originally a regional grassroots endeavor, under federal leadership the trail project retained unprecedented levels of community involvement. As citizen volunteers came together and entered into conversation with the National Parks Service, boundaries between “local” and “nonlocal,” “public” and “private,” “amateur” and “expert” frequently broke down. Today, as Mittlefehldt tells us, the Appalachian Trail remains an unusual hybrid of public and private efforts and an inspiring success story of environmental protection.
Watch the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AFyhuGqbCGc
Sarah Mittlefehldt is assistant professor of environmental studies at Green Mountain College.
Pictured above: Sarah Mittlefehldt and John Gillette on top of Mount Katahdin. The couple spent ten months of intensive field research for this book while through-hiking the Appalachian Trail. Photo: Michael “5 String” Hawkins.
As a nation, we are obsessed with our food. We post pictures of spectacular meals to social media, blog about our latest adventures in the kitchen, and spend hours watching people cook for sport on TV. Food is not a mere necessity—it’s a way of life. After all, we are what we eat, as the saying goes. But we are also how we eat, and when, and where. Americans’ eating habits reveal as much about our shared history and current societal norms as the food on our plates. Our daily eating rituals seem so innate to us that most of us couldn’t explain why we drink orange juice in the morning, eat sandwiches for lunch, and enjoy a large hot family meal in the evening. It has just always been that way. Or has it? Find out at this event with Abigail Carroll.
In her new book Three Squares: The Invention of the American Meal, food scholar and historian Abigail Carroll fills us in on the story behind our modern eating habits, serving up a soup-to-nuts history of the American meal, from pease porridge and cornmeal mush to tuna-noodle casseroles and TV-Time Popcorn. Along the way she helps relieve the guilt many of us feel over such supposed transgressions as repeatedly failing to keep to the “sacred” family dinner, snacking between meals, and eating on the go. Carroll explains that our eating habits have never been stable and that the eating patterns we try so hard to adhere to today are relatively recent inventions that evolved over time and will continue to evolve going forward.
Abigail Carroll is an author and food historian who has taught in the Gastronomy Program at Boston University and has published articles in a variety of publications, including the New York Times. She holds a PhD in American Studies from Boston University and makes her home in Vermont.
“I was enthralled by this account of how radically America’s meals have changed over time, from dinner pails to TV dinners…With warmth and scholarship, Abigail Carroll persuades us that much depends on breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as all the snacks in between.”
—Bee Wilson, author of Consider the Fork
“In Three Squares, Abigail Carroll has filled a gaping hole in our fetish for food histories. There are books on peanut butter, pumpkins, pancakes, milk, fried chicken, chocolate—the list goes on—but now we have the big picture. Learn here how the Industrial Revolution, television, and Mad Men affected how, when, and what we eat. You’ll never look at breakfast, lunch, dinner, and between-meal snacks the same way again.”
—Mark Pendergrast, author of For God, Country & Coca-Cola and Uncommon Grounds
Join us in welcoming Maryanne Wood to Phoenix Books Burlington for a reading and discussion of her book, Losing Barbara: True Stories of Transcending Loss and Finding Eternal Love.
A Shared Braid. One feisty, green eyed woman named Barbara Jean Kernan links together 10 people of different ages, and backgrounds; separated by geography, scattered from the east coast to the west, from north to south, reaching as far away as New Zealand. Barbara connects these 10 people as one strand of braid wraps around another, holding tight until it must let go, leaving each that knew her forever changed. Losing Barbara is a collection of true stories written by Barbara's family and friends. Authentically written, each person speaks their "truth" about a person that had a huge and everlasting impact on their life. These stories will touch the reader with their honesty, and strike a nerve with anyone who has ever experienced the death of someone they love.
About the Author: Maryanne Kernan Wood realized a dream when she compiled stories about the life and death of her sister Barbara. She believes passionately in the connectivity of all living things, which shatters traditional notions of death. Maryanne resides in Vermont and is a professional dog trainer.
Join us for this very special Saturday Story Time! Marilyn Webb Neagley will visit us to read her new book, Loosie B. Goosie, which is based on a true story that happened when the author was president of Shelburne Farms.
Loosie B. Goosie is the story of a goose with a broken wing that was rescued one summer by a young couple on Shelburne Farms. When the seasons changed and summer turned to fall, Loosie could not join her friend and fly south with other geese for the winter; another solution had to be found for Loosie. The surprise ending makes this a warm story of friendship, good fortune, and care.
Marilyn Webb Neagley is a Vermonter who spent her childhood in Ascutney and currently lives in Shelburne with her husband, Mark. She is a grandmother and mother of two daughters, Anna and Heidi, and one son, Sam. Marilyn is the author of Walking through the Seasons and co-editor of Educating from the Heart. Currently, she is director of the Talk About Wellness initiative (www.talkaboutwellness.org), an organization that works to “broaden education to include spirit.” In that role she also leads introductory workshops in mindfulness-based meditation. Marilyn enjoys walking, writing, and painting as reflective pastimes.
Join Paul Gillies to explore Uncommon Law, Ancient Roads, and Other Ruminations on Vermont Legal History.
The 25 essays collected in this new book from the Vermont Historical Society examine the foundations of legal thought in Vermont, historical issues ranging from log drives to the keeping of sheep to blue laws, the state’s legal luminaries, and contemporary issues including ancient roads and Act 250.
Vermont was born in conflict and existed as an independent political community until becoming the 14th state in 1791. During those early years Vermonters had to chart their own course in matters of law. From these unique origins, the history of law in Vermont traces the evolution of social and economic developments over time and provides a fascinating lens for understanding the history of the Green Mountain State.
Former Governor James Douglas says, “Everyone interested in how we evolved into such a special place needs to read this book.”
Paul S. Gillies is a partner in the Montpelier law firm of Tarrant, Gillies, Merriman & Richardson. He co-edited The Records of the Vermont Council of Censors (1991) with D. Gregory Sanford, and wrote A Book of Opinions (1993) with James H. Douglas and A Place to Pass Through: Berlin, Vermont 1820–1991 (1992). He is a co-founder of the Vermont Judicial History Society and the Vermont Institute for Government. A former Vermont Deputy Secretary of State, he is presently Moderator of the Town of Berlin.