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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Attracting Beneficial Bugs to Your Garden: A Natural Approach to Pest Control Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781604693881
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Published: Timber Press (OR) - December 31st, 2013

Plants really do love bugs, from pollinators to pest-eaters, and
this book includes all the info you need to induce beneficial insects to
make your garden their home - creating a balanced eco-system where the
beneficial take care of pest control, and pesticides are just plain
unnecessary.  Both fascinating and practical, this book will have your
garden buzzing with bees, butterflies, and verdant, healthy plants.


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Plantiful: Start Small, Grow Big with 150 Plants That Spread, Self-Sow, and Overwinter Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781604693874
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Published: Timber Press (OR) - January 28th, 2014

Plantiful is a study in horticultural abundance.  If you
want to establish your garden quickly, if you're gardening on a budget,
or if you just want to have plenty to share with friends, this book is
exactly what you're looking for.


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The Timber Press Guide to Vegetable Gardening in the Northeast (Regional Vegetable Gardening) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781604694215
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Published: Timber Press (OR) - December 31st, 2013

Vegetable gardening in this region can be challenging, but
Iannotti breaks the year down into months, guiding us through what can
be done at each point in the year.  If you've ever felt overwhelmed at
the question of what to do when, this book is perfect.  It'll let you
know what you can look forward to planting and accomplishing each month,
in so doing breaking the process of gardening, in this land of extreme
seasons, into manageable chunks of information and tasks.  Packed with
tips and how-tos throughout.


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What's Wrong with My Fruit Garden?: 100% Organic Solutions for Berries, Trees, Nuts, Vines, and Tropicals (What S Wrong) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781604693584
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Published: Timber Press (OR) - December 31st, 2013

Fresh fruit is a sweet reward, but it can seem like everyone - from
birds to bugs to fungi - wants a bite out of your garden.  This book
will help you diagnose and - organically and effectively - solve
whatever problems your fruit plants may be facing.  Easy-to-read but
information-packed charts throughout, as well as great photography of
both healthy and ailing plants.


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The Wildlife-Friendly Vegetable Gardener: How to Grow Food in Harmony with Nature Cover Image
$19.66
ISBN: 9781612120553
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Published: Storey Publishing - December 31st, 2013

The Wildlife-Friendly Vegetable Gardener is, itself, a
friendly book.  Packed with practical
advice from author Tammi Hartung’s own experience, this book has a lot to offer
even experienced DIYers.  Thanks to
Hartung’s readable, vivid style, as well as loads of vibrant, folksy
illustrations, it will appeal to even armchair gardeners, and will certainly
make a great read during the late winter months anticipating the arrival of the
growing season.  A must for anyone who
wants to enjoy productive gardens but still have a respectful relationship with
those flora and fauna so often referred to as “weeds” and “pests.”


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Soup Night: Recipes for Creating Community Around a Pot of Soup Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781612120997
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Published: Storey Publishing - October 22nd, 2013

Soup is delicious, easy, inexpensive and nourishing. It's a fun food to make, and an even better food to share - and Soup Night invites you to do both of those. The recipes, arranged by season, are easy to follow and include delicious renditions of classics (Butternut and Acorn Squash Soup, Winter Sausage Soup) as well as unusual delights (Edamame Corn Chowder, Havana Banana-Black Bean Soup). Interspersed are profiles of soup nights - fun, soup-based neighborhood get-togethers - across the country, and the book concludes with advice on how to start your own soup night. Whether you're looking for inspiration on the culinary or the community front, this book is just right.


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Homemade Liqueurs and Infused Spirits: Innovative Flavor Combinations, Plus Homemade Versions of Kahlúa, Cointreau, and Other Popular Liqueurs Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781612120980
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Published: Storey Publishing - November 19th, 2013

Homemade Liqueurs and Infused Spirits is a delight from cover to cover, from an entertaining introduction to the basics through the sections on making spirited bevvies with fruits, vegetables, herbs & spices, flowers, coffee, tea, chocolate, and more. Andrew Schloss' recipes are mouthwatering, delectably creative, and easy to follow. The photography highlights the brilliant colors that many of these recipes achieve in photos that juxtapose the original ingredients with the finished product. This book will have you concocting your own in no time! Get this book as a gift, or get it for yourself and use these recipes to make great gifts.


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The Wild Medicine Solution: Healing with Aromatic, Bitter, and Tonic Plants Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781620550847
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Published: Healing Arts Press - March 22nd, 2013

If you have to deal with the stress and stressors of modern life, please read this. Accessible to non-science geeks and very appealing to those who like some soul served up with their science, this book is also a good one for skeptics who want scientific proof before they’ll buy into the validity of using herbs.


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ISBN: 9780062232502
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Published: William Morrow & Company - October 8th, 2013

Lighthouse Island is a dystopian novel and a pageturner - and is
set in a frankly disturbing world of an endless city - but the
experience of reading this book is oddly soothing, with its beautiful,
almost hypnotizing language. The protagonist's desire for a wild world
outside of the endless concrete and arbitrary rules of civilization is
easy to identify with, and this book is ultimately hopeful.


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ISBN: 9780375868955
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Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - October 8th, 2013

Will in Scarlett is a delightful new take on the Robin Hood legend,
featuring the 13-year-old Will Scarlett, a nobleman's son who starts out
on a quest to revenge the wrongs done his family and ends up learning
that there are things more important than vengeance.  This book is a fun
pageturner with winning, well-developed characters.  It's a great pick
for reluctant readers as well as for any fan of Robin Hood or fairy
tales in general.


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