Kristen's Picks

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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Cabin Lessons: A Nail-By-Nail Tale: Building Our Dream Cottage from 2x4s, Blisters, and Love Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781612125671
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Published: Storey Publishing - April 21st, 2015

Cabin Lessons - the story of the author's adventures and misadventures in building a cabin on the north shore of Lake Superior - is a great choice for cabin owners, carpenters and carpentry enthusiasts, and anyone who would love to build their own tiny home.  Carlsen's voice is engaging, and this book is a really fun read that also offers practical knowledge.


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Homegrown Berries: Successfully Grow Your Own Strawberries, Raspberries, Blueberries, Blackberries, and More Cover Image
$21.95
ISBN: 9781604693171
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Published: Timber Press (OR) - December 30th, 2014

This book is scrumptious!  We might not be able to grow mangos or oranges in Vermont, but we can grow abundant strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, elderberries and more.  These incredibly nourishing foods taste better than candy, and this book is a beautifully laid out guide to growing them.


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Designing and Planting a Woodland Garden: Plants and Combinations That Thrive in the Shade Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781604693850
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Published: Timber Press (OR) - December 21st, 2014

So many of us in Vermont live, to some degree or another, in the woods, and all that shade can present some challenges for gardeners.  This book is a valuable resource, full of gorgeous shade-loving plants to brighten up your woodland garden.
 


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Into the Nest: Intimate Views of the Courting, Parenting, and Family Lives of Familiar Birds Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781612122298
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Published: Storey Publishing - April 21st, 2015

It's easy to overlook species that we see (and hear) every day like chickadees, crows, and mourning doves.  This book will remind you how extraordinary these winged creatures really are, and will give you a close-up look into their daily lives.  Gorgeous photography compliments the fascinating text of this book.  A great choice for nature lovers, and a wonderful book to enjoy with the whole family.


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How Plants Work: The Science Behind the Amazing Things Plants Do (Science for Gardeners) Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781604693386
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Published: Timber Press (OR) - April 22nd, 2015

How Plants Work is a must-read for gardeners who want to go beyond learning what works to actually understanding why it works (or doesn't).  This fascinating book is packed full of science presented in an approachable but never patronizing way, and is a fun read for plant lovers.


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Fangirl Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250073808
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - May 12th, 2015

Want to read a book with humor, depth, and a Harry Potter-like fandom? Look no further. <3 this book!  --Beth

I read this book in one night, without once glancing up from the page.  Fangirl is a witty, insightful, well-told story.  --Kristen


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Homemade Beauty: 150 Simple Beauty Recipes Made from All-Natural Ingredients Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780399171024
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Published: Tarcherperigee - November 4th, 2014

This unassuming but very pretty little book is absolutely packed full of DIY recipes for skin, hair, and body that use ingredients good enough to eat.  Any book that tells you how to make bronzing powder made of (among other ingredients), cocoa powder and cinnamon has my vote!


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Herbal Goddess: Discover the Amazing Spirit of 12 Healing Herbs with Teas, Potions, Salves, Food, Yoga, and More Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781612124124
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Published: Storey Publishing - April 21st, 2015

I adore this book.  Focusing on twelve herbs for mind, body, and spirit, Amy Jirsa has written an accessible and inspiring herbal book targeted toward beginners.  With a gorgeous layout and beautiful photos, HERBAL GODDESS is a refreshing pick for herbalists of all levels, reminding us that herbalism is a creative practice that can be approached from many different angles.  I particularly love how Amy includes a yoga pose that complements the energy and actions of each plant. --Kristen


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The Organic Medicinal Herb Farmer: The Ultimate Guide to Producing High-Quality Herbs on a Market Scale Cover Image
$39.95
ISBN: 9781603585736
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Published: Chelsea Green Publishing Company - May 6th, 2015

I can't recommend this book highly enough!  It's thorough, detailed, and practical.  A must for herbalists, herb gardeners, and farmers interested in exploring medicinal herbs as part of their business model.  Melanie and Jeff are extremely well-respected in their field.  I've been a customer of theirs for the past several years, and I can personally attest that they grow amazingly vibrant medicinal herbs.  These authors know what they're talking about!


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ISBN: 9780553419351
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Published: Hogarth - April 14th, 2015

Viper Wine is muscularly-written, cheekily but deliberately anachronistic, painstakingly researched tale of Venetia Stanley, a great beauty of 17th-century England.  It's a gorgeously-told page-turner full of invigorating language, a fascinating historical tale that deftly references modern ideas about beauty and relevance, and an unexpectedly touching story of vanity, decadence, and deceit.


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