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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.

Herbal Antivirals, by Stephen Harrod Buhner

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$24.95
ISBN: 9781612121604
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Published: Storey Publishing, LLC - September 24th, 2013

Herbal Antivirals is a practical, accessible, urgently valuable guide to using herbs as remedies for viral infections.  Buhner has done his research - this book is thoroughly annotated - and his writing is fluent and entertaining.  I've been eager for Buhner to write a book on herbal antivirals ever since reading the newest edition of Herbal Antibiotics.  I'm absolutely thrilled with the result.


Adaptogens in Medical Herbalism, by Donald R. Yance.

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Adaptogens in Medical Herbalism: Elite Herbs and Natural Compounds for Mastering Stress, Aging, and Chronic Disease Cover Image
$50.00
ISBN: 9781620551004
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Published: Healing Arts Press - September 21st, 2013

Looking for in-depth information on herbs that can help our bodies deal with the stressors of modern life?  You've found it!


Grumpy Goat, by Brett Helquist

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By Brett Helquist, Brett Helquist (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780061139536
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Published: Balzer + Bray - January 2nd, 2013

Both refreshingly simple and deeply touching, this is a delightful story
and also a reminder that even in our gloomiest moods, a little bit of
nature and beauty can help.  Rich, evocative illustrations give these
farm animals tons of personality.


Winterling and Summerkin, by Sarah Prineas

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ISBN: 9780061921056
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Published: HarperCollins - February 5th, 2013

Winterling is the story of a girl named Fer who travels to a
magical wintry world full of danger and illusion. The Lady, the ruler
of that world, wants Fer to become a huntress, but Fer grew up as a
vegetarian with her herbalist grandmother. Through her power to heal,
Fer wins over the denizens of the wintry world, overcomes the Lady and
her illusions, and allows springtime to break through.


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ISBN: 9780061921063
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Published: HarperCollins - April 23rd, 2013

In Summerkin, Fer must defend her title to the land.  The
question is, should she play by the rules of the High Ones, or those she
has set for herself?


Reinventing the Chicken Coop, by Kevin McElroy and Matthew Wolpe

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ISBN: 9781603429801
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Published: Storey Publishing, LLC - January 2013

Who knew chicken coops could be so snazzy, pretty, and just plain fun? 
This book is a blast to page through, with gorgeous photos and
ridiculously creative designs.  It's also practical and user-friendly,
with practical instructions and measurements.  This book is a boon for
any urban or suburban chicken enthusiast who wants to keep the neighbors
happy.


The How-To Handbook

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ISBN: 9781936976348
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Published: Zest Books - April 23rd, 2013

So much valuable info in one little book!  While this book is meant for
teens, I learned quite a few things from it myself.  The format is a
plus, too - easy to follow and visually friendly.  Great for any teen
seeking to be capable and resourceful.


It's Only Slow Food Until You Try to Eat It, by Bill Heavey

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ISBN: 9780802119551
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Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - May 7th, 2013

Irreverent and laugh-out-loud funny, this is a great gift for the
hunting or foraging enthusiast, or for anyone who needs a good laugh
(including yourself)! A great Father's Day gift and a great take-along
on a summer vacation or plane flight.


The Garden Princess, by Kristin Kladstrup

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ISBN: 9780763656850
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Published: Candlewick - March 12th, 2013

A page-turner of a story about a princess who's not afraid to admit she
prefers digging in the dirt to donning the latest fashions, this book is
a great choice for readers who love fairy tales and whimsy, but prefer a
story with more gumption and less sparkle.


Unbored: The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun, by Joshua Glenn and Elizabeth Foy Larsen

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By Joshua Glenn, Elizabeth Foy Larsen, Tony Leone (Illustrator), Mister Reusch (Illustrator), Heather Kasunick (Illustrator), Mark Frauenfelder (Introduction by)
$28.00
ISBN: 9781608196418
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - October 16th, 2012

Are you bored?  Grab this book!  Does your child complain that he or she
is bored?  Hand them this book!  An unabashedly fun collection of
fascinating activities, Unbored is fun for the whole family, and will have you and your family active and interested in no time.


The Time Traveler's Guide to Elizabethan England

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ISBN: 9780670026074
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Published: Viking Books - June 27th, 2013

Have you ever wanted to visit Elizabethan England? The Time Traveler’s Guide to Elizabethan England
is the next best thing. Organized as a travel guide, this book give
the reader a colorful picture of all aspects of Elizabethan life, from
religion and politics to language and lodgings, from gender and class to
sanitary conditions and what to wear. A fascinating history book for
those who like their history served up in the present tense, without
pretension.


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