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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Jinx's Fire Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062129963
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - March 24th, 2015

I loved this trilogy from the first, but it's only gotten better with the second and third books. The Urwald, a dangerous and magical forest, is vivid and wonderful. Jinx's quest - to save the Urwald from being logged by the people of a neighboring kingdom - is worthy and down to earth. Sage Blackwood's writing is insightful, vivid, and displays an enjoyably quirky sense of humor. 


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The World Before Us Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780553418521
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Published: Hogarth - March 31st, 2015

A beautifully composed and disarming book, The World Before Us is the story of Jane Standen, an archivist at a small London museum.  A happening when Jane was fifteen has left her haunted by guilt, but there are other, kinder spirits who haunt Jane as well.  Told by a sort of Greek chorus of ghosts, this book unfolds subtley and elegantly.  A wonderful read for fans of Alice Hoffman, Brunonia Barry's Lace Reader, and A. S. Byatt’s Possession.


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Clariel: The Lost Abhorsen (Old Kingdom #4) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780061561559
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Published: HarperCollins - October 14th, 2014

Clariel is a capable, strong-minded young woman who would just as soon fend for herself in the quiet, green world of the Great Forest - a challenging goal, since her parents have moved the family to the city of Belisaere, where politics reign supreme and it turns out there's a Free Magic creature afoot.

A fellow Phoenix Books bookseller has praised Garth Nix for, in Sabriel, writing some of the most original fantasy on the shelves.  Now, Nix has again overcome cliches, this time in the character of Clariel, who is nothing like a damsel in distress.

This prequel to Garth Nix's Abhorsen series can stand alone for readers who haven't yet discovered the series.


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Apples of Uncommon Character: 123 Heirlooms, Modern Classics, & Little-Known Wonders Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781620402276
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - September 2nd, 2014

Think you know apples?  Discover the remarkably diverse tastes, textures, and appearances of Vermont's favorite fruit in this book.  Rowan Jacobsen's writing is, as always, vivid and entertaining.


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Women Healers of the World: The Traditions, History, and Geography of Herbal Medicine Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781629145891
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Published: Helios Press - September 9th, 2014

An inspiring, fascinating, and beautiful book about herbalists from many different times and places.


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Healing Magic: A Green Witch Guidebook to Conscious Living Cover Image
By Robin Rose Bennett, Susun S. Weed (Foreword by)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781583948378
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Published: North Atlantic Books - October 28th, 2014

This guide to working with plants in a spiritual manner is accessable, humane, and entertaining.  A good read for anyone who would like to connect more closely with nature, and who appreciates the value of seasonal rituals.


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The Wild Wisdom of Weeds: 13 Essential Plants for Human Survival Cover Image
By Katrina Blair, Sandor Ellix Katz (Foreword by)
$29.95
ISBN: 9781603585163
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Published: Chelsea Green Publishing Company - October 7th, 2014

Doug Larson said, "A weed is a plant that has mastered every survival skill except for learning how to grow in rows."  Read this gorgeous, inspiring, and practical book and learn how weeds can help you survive and thrive.


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Sacred Earth Celebrations, 2nd Edition Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781856231756
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Published: Permanent Publications - August 10th, 2014

Do you enjoy marking the seasons?  No matter what your belief system, this is an insightful and fun book for those who appreciate the turning of the year.


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Writing on the Wall: Social Media - The First 2,000 Years Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781620402856
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - September 16th, 2014

A fascinating look at the history of social communications, from graffiti to letter-writing to tweets.  This book provides some perspective regarding the supposedly recent development of social media, and is also a fun read.


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Seedtime: On the History, Husbandry, Politics and Promise of Seeds Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781609615031
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Published: Rodale Books - January 21st, 2014

This book, which touches on history, politics, botany, literature, mythology, and memoir, is beautifully written, reflective but always vivid. A wonderful read all year long, Seedtime will give summer readers a new appreciation of the seeds that bring about the lush greenery of our landscape - and will remind winter readers of the potential waiting beneath the snow.


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