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Phoenix Books’ events and publicity 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). She has completed an apprenticeship with herbalist Rosemary Gladstar, and has a particular interest in books on herbalism.

A Festival of Ghosts, by William Alexander

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By William Alexander, Kelly Murphy (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481469180
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - August 7th, 2018

A worthy sequel to A Properly Unhaunted PlaceStart with that book, and you'll be eager to have another clever and adventurous story to enjoy in A Festival of Ghosts.  Both books are great fun but also multi-layered.


A Properly Unhaunted Place, by William Alexander

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By William Alexander, Kelly Murphy (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781481469166
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - August 7th, 2018

Set in the only unhaunted town in a world where hauntings (often friendly) are a part of daily life, this middle grade story is a wonderful adventure for any reader.  It will be especially loved by those who enjoy libraries, Ren faires, and ghost stories.  In addition to being a lot of fun, this book gently and wisely opens the way to conversations about the ways we deal with death, history, and other important issues. I recommend A Properly Unhaunted Place whole-heartedly.


The Fighters, by C. J. Chivers

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ISBN: 9781451676662
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Published: Simon & Schuster - May 21st, 2019

The Fighters is a compelling and thought-provoking look at the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq through the experiences of six combatants: a fighter pilot, a corpsman, a scout helicopter pilot, a grunt, an infantry officer, and a Special Forces sergeant. This book gives the reader a sense of context and of the overall arch of events while always focusing on the personal and specific.


Kristen's Top 10 Books to Read Before You Die

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In no particular order...

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

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Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062316110
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Published: Harper Perennial - May 15th, 2018

Braiding Sweetgrass Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781571313560
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Published: Milkweed Editions - September 2014

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Hild: A Novel Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781250056092
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Published: Picador - October 28th, 2014

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Lost Connections: Why You’re Depressed and How to Find Hope Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781632868305
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - January 23rd, 2018

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LaRose: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062277039
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Published: Harper Perennial - April 11th, 2017

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The End of Absence: Reclaiming What We've Lost in a World of Constant Connection Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781591847922
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Published: Current - August 4th, 2015

Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business Cover Image
By Neil Postman, Andrew Postman (Introduction by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143036531
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Published: Penguin Books - December 27th, 2005

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ISBN: 9780547258300
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - September 7th, 2009

Sapiens, by Yuval Noah Harari

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Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062316110
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Published: Harper Perennial - May 15th, 2018

One of the most fascinating books I've read, this is a great choice for readers interested in history or anthropology, and also for those interested in taking a critical look at whether and why humans are happier than we used to be, and anyone intrigued by the power of story.


Lost Connections, by Johann Hari

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Published: Bloomsbury USA - January 23rd, 2018

An important book that explores the ways in which depression and anxiety may be due less to chemical imbalances and more to imbalances in our culture. Hari delves into the consequences of several features of modern lifestyles:  a lack of connection to nature, a lack of connection to community, a lack of meaningful work, and so on.  Well-researched, well-written, inspiring, and humane, this book is recommended reading for...pretty much everyone.


Stephanie Tourles's Essential Oils

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Essential oils can be used to enhance health/well-being in so many ways...but are also powerful and concentrated enough that they should be used with care, and can be expensive. This book is a great resource for folks who would like to make use of essential oils, but don't want to go overboard.  Stephanie Tourles' recipes are accessible and a pleasure to make and use, and focusing on these 25 versatile essential oils can help you be efficient and mindful in using these potent ingredients.


The Illustrated Herbiary, by Maia Toll

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The Illustrated Herbiary: Guidance and Rituals from 36 Bewitching Botanicals Cover Image
By Maia Toll, Kate O'Hara (Illustrator)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781612129686
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Published: Storey Publishing, LLC - August 7th, 2018

This gorgeous book is a gentle and insightful tool for anyone who would like to connect with plants on an intuitive level. Highly recommended for those who enjoy working with tarot, for herbalists, and for anyone who feels most at peace or enlivened in the garden, woods, or fields. The cards are an excellent complement to the book. The 36 plants chosen include many herbalists' most beloved species, and will be familiar to gardeners and nature lovers as well.


The Plant Messiah, by Carlos Magdalena

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ISBN: 9780385543613
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Published: Doubleday - April 10th, 2018

This book - in which Carlos Magdalena brings readers along on his adventures in his quests to save nearly extinct species - is that rare thing: a heartening book on ecology. A pleasure to read, this is a great pick for nature lovers, gardeners, and armchair travelers. The author is not only entertaining but immensely likeable, and his stories will give you hope and perhaps even inspire you to action.


Beyond the War on Invasive Species, by Tao Orion

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By Tao Orion, David Holmgren (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9781603585637
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Published: Chelsea Green Publishing Company - July 3rd, 2015

Invasive species are often vilified and rooted out at any cost - even to the point of using herbicides to destroy them, in the name of environmentalism.  But - without diminishing their impact and the challenges they present - there are other ways to address invasive species.  Tao Orion's book is a great read, and offers practical and hopeful solutions.


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