New Years Resolutions 2018

Looking for inspiration for the New Year?  Scroll down for a collection of titles that will motivate you to see your resolution through.

Here are five more bonus resolutions that require personalized recommendations.  Stop by, and a bookseller will help you find a book that fits!

  1. Read a book about a character who is different from you in some way (e.g. race, gender identity, nationality, etc.)
  2. Read a book in a genre you've never read before.
  3. Read a book by an author who is from a country you've never been to.
  4. Read a book you've pretended you've read, but haven't (yet).
  5. Read a book about an activity you've never done, or an experience you've never had.

Once you find a title you love, you can order online or give us a ring so we can put a copy on hold (or on order) for you. Not all books featured on our website are necessarily in stock at all of our bricks-and-mortar locations, but we're always happy to special order a book for you to pick up at the store. Special orders almost always come in quickly, and don't involve any extra fees.



The Vermont Non-Gmo Cookbook: 125 Organic and Farm-To-Fork Recipes from the Green Mountain State Cover Image
ISBN: 9781510722729
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Published: Skyhorse Publishing - October 3rd, 2017


"In addition to palate pleasing and appetite satisfying recipes, The Vermont Non-GMO Cookbook includes informative profiles of a hand-selected group of pioneering organic Vermont farmers, chefs, and non-GMO artisans. A pleasure to browse through and ideal for planning menus with, The Vermont Non-GMO Cookbook is an ideal and highly recommended addition to personal, family, and community library Regional Cookbook collections." —Midwest Book Review

"Tracey Medeiros shines when it comes to cookbooks that highlight recipes that feature healthy, locally grown foods. With this exciting new book, she is adding to her delicious body of work by spotlighting the benefits of choosing non-GMO food. Travel with her throughout the state of Vermont to visit the people who are working to make non-GMO products a part of our everyday lives." —Alis Gravitz, president of Green America

This resolution-book pairing suggested by: Beth

The Resurrection of Joan Ashby Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250081438
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Published: Flatiron Books - August 29th, 2017


“It’s almost impossible to believe that The Resurrection of Joan Ashby…is the first novel by Cherise Wolas, a lawyer and film producer. Gorgeously written and completely captivating, the book spans decades and continents, deftly capturing the tug so many women feel between motherhood and self-identity.” BookPage

“This is the kind of book that pulls you under and you go willingly. And when it’s over, you come up for air and see anew. In giving us the story of one woman’s struggle to write her own life, Wolas captures worlds in worlds here, and lives in lives. As many currents run in a single river, The Resurrection of Joan Ashby is rich and wide, and deep.” —Sarah Blake, New York Times bestselling author of The Postmistress 

This resolution-book pairing suggested by: Heather

Hot (Broke) Messes: How to Have Your Latte and Drink It Too Cover Image
ISBN: 9780446555425
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Published: Business Plus - May 20th, 2010


31-year-old Nancy Trejos was supposed to be an expert on handling her money - after all, she's the personal finance columnist for one of the nation's leading newspapers, The Washington Post. But a few months ago, she found herself in her own dire financial straits. Faced with a mountain of bills, debt, and no way to pay her rent, she was forced to call her parents to ask them for a loan. That night was a wake-up call - she vowed to get herself out of debt and into financial solvency.

In Hot Broke Messes, Trejos takes readers along with her on her journey. She meets with a financial planner and a therapist to deal with all the issues young people face today - from credit card debt and student loans, to impulse buying and emotional spending, to the cost of having a social life, to buying a house with someone during a potentially impermanent relationship and more. Trejos learns what causes these problems in herself, how she can fix them, and how she can pass that advice on to other young people going through the same experiences.

Even better, she shows readers how they can address these problems without completely giving up their lives - no "give up your latte a day" type advice here! Trejos' personal and unique voice, along with her experiences that everyone can relate to, will lead readers to relatively painless financial security.

This resolution-book pairing suggested by: Katie M.

Ordinary Light: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9780345804075
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Published: Vintage - March 8th, 2016


For example, this Pulitzer Prize-winning poet’s exploring coming-of-age and the meaning of home against a complex backdrop of race, faith, and the unbreakable bond between a mother and daughter.

“Engrossing….A luminous memoir…. You don’t have to know Smith’s Pulitzer Prize-winning poetry to appreciate her ability to interpret life in a way that feels both unique and universal.”The Washington Post

“Evocative, moving, thought-provoking…a subtle, elegant meditation that reveals the profound in the quotidian—the layers of meaning in everyday events…. Exquisitely beautiful.”San Francisco Chronicle

This resolution-book pairing suggested by: Katie M.

Letters to a Young Poet (Penguin Classics) Cover Image
By Rainer Maria Rilke, Charlie Louth (Translator), Lewis Hyde (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780141192321
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Published: Penguin Books - March 25th, 2014


At the start of the twentieth century, Rainer Maria Rilke wrote a series of letters to a young officer cadet, advising him on writing, love, sex, suffering, and the nature of advice itself. These profound and lyrical letters have since become hugely influential for generations of writers and artists of all kinds, including Lady Gaga and Patti Smith. With honesty, elegance, and a deep understanding of the loneliness that often comes with being an artist, Rilke’s letters are an endless source of inspiration and comfort. Lewis Hyde’s new introduction explores the context in which these letters were written and how the author embraced his isolation as a creative force. This edition also includes Rilke’s later work The Letter from the Young Worker

This resolution-book pairing suggested by: Bianca

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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing Cover Image
ISBN: 9781607747307
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Published: Ten Speed Press - October 14th, 2014


"Ms. Kondo delivers her tidy manifesto like a kind of Zen nanny, both hortatory and animistic." -- The New York Times

"Reading it, you glimpse a glittering mental freedom from the unread/uncrafted/unworn, buyer’s remorse, the nervous eyeing of real estate listings. Life’s overwhelm, conquered." -- The Atlantic

This resolution-book pairing suggested by: Kelly

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We Need to Talk: How to Have Conversations That Matter Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062669001
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Published: Harper Wave - September 19th, 2017


“Civil discourse is one of humanity’s founding institutions and it faces an existential threat: We, the people, need to talk about how we talk to one another. Celeste Headlee shows us how.”
—Ron Fournier, New York Times bestselling author of Love That Boy and Publisher and Crain’s Detroit

“A well-researched and careful analysis of how and why we talk with one another—our strengths and (myriad) weaknesses…A thoughtful discussion and sometimes-passionate plea for civility and consideration in conversation.”
Kirkus Reviews

This resolution-book pairing suggested by: Kristen

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Solitude: In Pursuit of a Singular Life in a Crowded World Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250088604
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Published: Thomas Dunne Books - April 4th, 2017


"In a time of unrelenting connection, solitude becomes a radical act. It also becomes an essential one. Michael Harris makes a thoughtful and deeply felt case for why the art of spending quality time with oneself matters now more than ever—and the steps we can take to reclaim it." —Brian Christian, author of The Most Human Human and Algorithms to Live By

"This is an excellent book by a first-rate writer. Michael Harris brings his insight and eloquence to bear on one of the most insidious problems of our time: how to break free from the seductions of technology and reclaim our inner selves." —Deborah Campbell, award-winning author of A Disappearance in Damascus

This resolution-book pairing suggested by: Kristen