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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.

Invasive Plant Medicine by Timothy Lee Scott

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Invasive Plant Medicine: The Ecological Benefits and Healing Abilities of Invasives Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9781594773051
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Published: Healing Arts Press - August 13th, 2010

This book offers a new look at invasives, pointing out their value in
restoring disturbed land and as medicinal plants.  Do you have too much
plantain/loosestrife/etc? Don't abuse it - use it!


Hands-On Healing Remedies by Stephanie L. Tourles

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Hands-On Healing Remedies: 150 Recipes for Herbal Balms, Salves, Oils, Liniments & Other Topical Therapies Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781612120065
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Published: Storey Publishing, LLC - December 4th, 2012

This book is an absolute smorgasbord of recipes for topical herbal
remedies. A wonderful resource for experienced herbalists and those who
enjoy working with essential oils, it's also accessible for beginners
and a great place to find inspiration to make gifts and remedies for
family members who are new to herbalism. The design and layout make it a
pleasure to use.


Herbal Antibiotics by Stephen Harrod Buhner

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Herbal Antibiotics, 2nd Edition: Natural Alternatives for Treating Drug-resistant Bacteria Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781603429870
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Published: Storey Publishing, LLC - July 17th, 2012

This book is not just a valuable resource: As resistance to conventional
antibiotics becomes a greater and greater challenge, the tools Buhner
gives his readers could prove to be invaluable. A good, thick reference
full of information, Herbal Antibiotics might appear intimidating
at first, but it's also surprisingly readable.  This book isn't just
for folks who are already practicing herbalism - it's also for anyone
who worries that conventional medicine doesn't have all the answers,
especially when it comes to antibiotic resistance.


Crewel by Gennifer Albin

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Beth
Crewel: A Novel (Crewel World #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374316419
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - October 16th, 2012

In this outstanding debut novel, Gennifer Albin creates a world so
intricate, it becomes a character in its own right. Sixteen year old
Adelice has secret knowledge that may threaten the very existence of her
world. Crewel is difficult to describe but impossible to forget.


The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

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Nick
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ISBN: 9780307744432
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Published: Anchor - July 3rd, 2012

Le Cirque des Reves (the Circus of Dreams) pitches its black and white
tents without notice in various cities around the world, creating an
experience and atmosphere unlike any other. Those involved are caught up
in a competition few know about and fewer understand.


Every Day, by David Levithan

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ISBN: 9780307931887
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - August 28th, 2012

Exclusive Content:  Click here to read an exclusive short story from A's life by David Levithan.

What might be the most surprising thing about Every Day is what a great read it is, what a well-told story.  Why would this be surprising?  Because Every Day
follows a character named A who wakes up in a different body every
day.  This leads to a story that explores issues of identity,
attachment, and the nature of love - and somehow David Levithan manages
to intelligently explore all of these things without any of them
overpowering a simple (but never really simple) story of people meeting
eachother, falling in love, and learning that first impressions never
tell the whole story.


The Man Who Planted Trees by Jean Giono

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By Jean Giono, Michael McCurdy (Illustrator), Wangari Maathai (Foreword by)
$10.00
ISBN: 9781933392813
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Published: Chelsea Green Publishing Company - October 17th, 2007

This simple but inspiring story is beautifully illustrated and published by a Vermont press. Makes a wonderful gift.


The Gilly Salt Sisters by Tiffany Baker

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ISBN: 9780446557290
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - March 5th, 2013

This enchanting yet unsentimental story has an undeniable sense of
place. Baker writes resourceful, very human characters, and watching
their complex relationships evolve was a pleasure. This book isn't
flashy, but it certainly is memorable.


A Kid's Herb Book by Lesley Tierra

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$24.95
ISBN: 9781885003362
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Published: Robert Reed Publishers - January 1st, 2018

This book really is for kids of all ages, though very young children
will need some help with the text and even older children will need
supervision with many activities. The stories and songs will help
children remember uses for various herbs, and the recipes will help
children make "healing potions, secret remedies, magical salves,
enchanted syrups, and special healing remedies."


Missed Connections by Sophie Blackall

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Kristen

This lovely book is a collection of illustrations inspired by Missed Connections classified ads. Blackall's drawings are whimsical and charming and capture the magic of that moment when a stranger becomes a potential firend, lover, or even soul mate.

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ISBN: 9780761163589
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Published: Workman Publishing Company - September 22nd, 2011

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