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These events all took place in our Burlington store.

"If Only You People Could Follow Directions" Book Launch with Jessica Hendry Nelson (Burlington)

Join us in welcoming Colchester's own Jessica Hendry Nelson for the launch event for her new memoir If Only You People Could Follow Directions.

“[Nelson] writes in stark, harrowing detail about the devastation alcohol and drugs have inflicted on her family over the years. Although her family’s struggle to break out of the pattern of addiction and enabling is not an easy one, as Nelson strives to find balance and peace, she manages to offer hope that survival is possible.” —Publishers Weekly

About the book: In linked autobiographical essays, Nelson has reimagined the memoir with her thoroughly original voice, fearless writing, and hypnotic storytelling. At its center, the book is the story of three people: Nelson's mother Susan, her brother Eric, and Jessica herself. These three characters are deeply bound to one another, not just by the usual ties of blood and family, but also by a mother's drive to keep her children safe in the midst of chaos. The book begins with Nelson's childhood in the suburbs of Philadelphia and chronicles her father's addiction and death, her brother's battle with drugs and mental illness, her own efforts to find and maintain stability, and her mother's exquisite power, grief, and self-destruction in the face of such a complicated family dynamic. Each chapter in the book contends with a different relationship--friends, lovers, and strangers are all play--but at its heart the book is about family, the ties that bind and enrich and betray us, and how one young woman sought to survive and rise above her surroundings.

Jessica Hendry Nelson earned a BA in English from the University of New Hampshire and an MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in The Threepenny Review, The Carolina Quarterly, Crab Orchard Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, Drunken Boat, Alligator Juniper, Fringe, and PANK. A chapter from this book, "The Whitest Winter Light," is a Notable Essay in The Best American Essays 2012. Currently Nelson is the senior nonfiction editor of The Fiddleback, a literary journal, and lives in Colchester, Vermont.

If Only You People Could Follow Directions: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9781619022331
Availability: Usually Ships in 3-7 Days
Published: Counterpoint LLC - December 31st, 2013

Eat Local Week: Cooking Close to Home Book Talk (Burlington)

Diane Imrie’s and Richard Jarmusz’s collaborative book, Cooking Close to Home,
has become a well-worn guide for home cooks seeking seasonal recipe
advice. Their book was recently re-released in paperback through local
publisher, Chelsea Green. Meet the authors at Phoenix Books, get answers
to your questions about eating from the Vermont foodshed, and sample
two delicious recipes cooked up by the authors. FREE!

Door Prizes: We will have two copies of Cooking Close to Home to give away courtesy of Chelsea Green!

Cooking Close to Home: A Year of Seasonal Recipes Cover Image
ISBN: 9781603585194
Availability: Click Title to See Location Inventory
Published: Chelsea Green Publishing Company - September 15th, 2013

Tracey Campbell Pearson: Elephant's Story (Burlington)

Join Tracey Campbell Pearson for an Elephant's Story story time with enormously enjoyable elephant-themed activities!

About Elephant's Story: The day Gracie loses her favorite book, Elephant finds it. He sniffs the words ONCE UPON A TIME THERE WAS and--oops--they go up his trunk, where they wiggle and jiggle and make him sneeze. The letters fly through the air helter skelter, and when Elephant tries to put them back together, he can't figure out how to make the right words that fit. He asks his friends for help, but they just choose some of the letters to make up their own words--Alligator wants to CHEW them, Seal SPINs them, Monkeys THROW them, and Bear just SNOREs. Lucky for elephant, Gracie comes looking for her book. She makes the letters into the right words and then adds some of her own: a girl went to the zoo and made a new friend.

Tracey Campbell Pearson is the author and illustrator of many children’s books, including Bob, which Booklist called "a visual treat," and a series of board books including Diddle, Diddle, Dumpling, a Parenting Magazine Best Book of the Year. She lives in Jericho Center, Vermont.

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Elephant's Story: A Picture Book Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374399139
Availability: Click Title to See Location Inventory
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - October 22nd, 2013

Full Circle: Medieval, Renaissance, Celtic, and Holiday Music (Burlington)

Browse for gifts while you enjoy live holiday music from many countries and many times.  Full Circle is a group of five women who play a mixture of medieval, Renaissance, Celtic, folk, and holiday music on recorders, tin whistle, harp, guitar, hammered dulcimer, percussion and voices. Their recordings will be offered for sale at the store.

Arnie Kozak: The Everything Guide to the Introvert Edge (Burlington)

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 Everything Guide to the Introvert Edge: Maximize the Advantages of Being an Introvert - At Home and At Work (Everything®) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781440568169
Availability: Hard to Find - Unlikely to be Available
Published: Everything - November 5th, 2013

The Everything Buddhism Book: A complete introduction to the history, traditions, and beliefs of Buddhism, past and present (Everything®) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781440510281
Availability: Click Title to See Location Inventory
Published: Everything - January 14th, 2011

Wild Chickens and Petty Tyrants: 108 Metaphors for Mindfulness Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780861715763
Availability: Hard to Find - Unlikely to be Available
Published: Wisdom Publications (MA) - April 7th, 2009

Educator's Appreciation Day - Special Appearance by S.S. Taylor (Burlington)

Teachers and librarians are invited to join us for giveaways, drawings, a special author event with S.S. Taylor, and more!

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.


Sarah Gilman: Deep in Crimson (Burlington)

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 CrimsonDeep 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.

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ISBN: 9781622668960
Availability: Hard to Find - Unlikely to be Available
Published: Entangled Select - September 24th, 2013

Sarah Mittlefehldt: Tangled Roots - The Appalachian Trail & American Environmental Politics (Burlington)

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.

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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.

Tangled Roots: The Appalachian Trail and American Environmental Politics (Weyerhaeuser Environmental Books) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780295993003
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: University of Washington Press - November 1st, 2013

Abigail Carroll: Three Squares - The Invention of the American Meal (Burlington)

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.

Three Squares: The Invention of the American Meal Cover Image
ISBN: 9780465025527
Availability: Usually Ships in 3-7 Days
Published: Basic Books - September 10th, 2013

“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


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