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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Conversations give us opportunities to build community, to show the most important people in our lives how important they are, to bridge divides, and to challenge our own assumptions - but having a good conversation is easier said than done. This book is a practical guide to improving your conversational skills, and is also a good read full of interesting stories from the author's own experiences as a public radio journalist.
It's pretty hard to find herbalism books that focus on men's health, and this new title from Vermont's own Rosemary Gladstar is brilliant. Like all of Rosemary's books, this is a pleasure to read, but is also packed with information. The recipes are both effective and, more often than not, delicious. The layout is appealing, and the photos are gorgeous. I can't recommend this book enough for both men curious about herbalism and for anyone concerned about the health of a man in their life.
This is the perfect book for our times: We all need a good laugh, some no-nonsense inspiration, and to (as Booklist put it in their review) "deepen our perception of the complexities of race, gender, and class." Trevor Noah - best known as the host of The Daily Show - gives us all three, packaged in brilliant storytelling. If you enjoy The Daily Show, you'll love this book. If you don't watch The Daily Show, you should still read this book (and it will likely convince you to become a devoted viewer).
Born a Crime would also make a great Mother's Day gift, as much of the story centers around Noah's courageous and determined mother.