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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.

Blindspot by Jill Lepore & Jane Kamensky

Reviewed by: 
Kristen

A smart, rollicking comedic romance that never patronizes the reader.  Great for anyone looking for a fun but still compelling read.

Written with wit and exuberance by accomplished historians, Blindspot is an affectionate send-up of the best of eighteenth-century fiction. It celebrates the art of the Enlightenment and the passion of the American Revolution by telling stories of ordinary people caught up in an extraordinary time.

Stewart Jameson, a Scottish portrait painter fleeing his debtors in Edinburgh, has washed up on the British Empire's far shores--in the city of Boston, lately seized with the spirit of liberty. Eager to begin anew, he advertises for an apprentice, but the lad who comes knocking is no lad at all. Fanny Easton is a fallen woman from Boston's most prominent family who has disguised herself as a boy to become Jameson's defiant and seductive apprentice.

Blindspot: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385526203
Availability: Special Order
Published: Spiegel & Grau - December 29th, 2009

At Home with Handmade Books

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Kristen

This beautiful, high-quality book contains a range of projects to inspire you - most using repurposed materials.  The clearly laid out instructions for Japanese stab bindings are a huge bonus.  Take your love of books to a new level!

At Home with Handmade Books: 28 Extraordinary Bookbinding Projects Made from Ordinary and Repurposed Materials (Make Good: Crafts + Life) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781590308226
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Roost Books - April 12th, 2011

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