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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.

Healing Magic, by Robin Rose Bennett

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Healing Magic, 10th Anniversary Edition: 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.


The Wild Wisdom of Weeds, by Katrina Blair

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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.


Writing on the Wall, by Tom Standage

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Writing on the Wall: Social Media - The First 2,000 Years Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781620402856
Availability: Backordered
Published: Bloomsbury USA - 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.


Seedtime, by Ron Chaskey

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Seedtime: On the History, Husbandry, Politics and Promise of Seeds Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781609615031
Availability: Special Order
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.


Dental Herbalism, by Leslie Alexander & Linda Straub-Bruce

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Dental Herbalism: Natural Therapies for the Mouth Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781620551950
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Published: Healing Arts Press - June 30th, 2014

I can't put it better than Rosemary Gladstar did, so I'll second her assessment of this book: "Brilliant, practical, and eminently empowering, this is a ‘veritable owners manual for your mouth’. I’ve had personal issues with my teeth all my life and have been waiting for this book to be written. Filled with in depth information, practical suggestions, and insightful solutions, Dental Herbalism is book like no other and is sure to revolutionize the way we approach dental health.”


Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm, by Stephen Harrod Buhner

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Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm: Beyond the Doors of Perception into the Dreaming of Earth Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781591431350
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Published: Bear & Company - May 3rd, 2014

Stephen Harrod Buhner is one of my favorite herbal authors in part because of the breadth of topics he addresses:  from antibiotic resistance and Lyme's disease to plant spirit medicine.  Buhner vividly brings to life everything from the ingenious workings of bacteria to the process of intuitively communicating with plants.  The clincher for me, though, is the depth of research evident in each of his books. 

In Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm, Buhner does it again.  This book makes the case that humans (and animals, plants, etc.) have a specific
ecological function that is important to health of the planet.  Buhner offers a new way of thinking about the current environmental situation since, as Einstein said, "We cannot solve the problems facing us by using the same kind of thinking that created them."


Herbs for Healthy Aging, by David Hoffman

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Herbs for Healthy Aging: Natural Prescriptions for Vibrant Health Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781620552216
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Published: Healing Arts Press - December 27th, 2013

It's been said that "old age isn't so bad when you consider the alternative." This book is packed with practical advice on how to maximize quality of life and have a vital, healthy old age.


Cooking with Fire, by Paula Marcoux

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From roasting things on sticks to building wood-fired ovens, this book tells you everything you need to know about cooking with fire. 
It's ideal for anyone who loves to grill or camp, but Marcoux's
mouthwatering descriptions of these flame-powered recipes will have you
making plans for delicious, fire-cooked meals even if all you've ever
done is roast marshmallows.  Also a great choice for anyone interested
in living history, as Marcoux discusses historical methods as well as
modern adaptations.


Drink the Harvest, by Nan Chase & DeNeice Guest

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Drink the Harvest: Making and Preserving Juices, Wines, Meads, Teas, and Ciders Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781612121598
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Published: Storey Publishing, LLC - June 17th, 2014

Chase and Guest offer a surprising variety of potable recipes, from
rosehip tea to kombucha, blueberry basil syrup to crab apple juice,
garden mint wine to spiced apple mead. Gardeners will appreciate this
new range of options for enjoying the harvest. Health-conscious folks
and parents looking for nourishing treats will love these nutritious and
additive-free recipes. DIYers will just get a kick out of this whole
new range of things to make. Everyone will benefit from Chase's and
Guest's accessible directions and helpful tips, set off by an abundance
of gorgeous photographs.


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