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New Years Resolutions 2019

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

But first, here are five 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 that will inspire you to take action on an issue that's important to you.
  4. Read a book by a Vermont author whose work you haven't read before.
  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.


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Lost Connections: Why You’re Depressed and How to Find Hope Cover Image
ISBN: 9781632868305
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - January 23rd, 2018


"An important book that explores the ways in which depression and anxiety may be due less to chemical imbalances and more to imbalances in our culture. Hari delves into the consequences of several features of modern lifestyles:  a lack of connection to nature, a lack of connection to community, a lack of meaningful work, and so on.  Well-researched, well-written, inspiring, and humane, this book is recommended reading for...pretty much everyone."

Superstar Dogs: 35 Easy Tricks to Make Your Dog Shine in the Spotlight Cover Image
ISBN: 9780762492633
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Published: Running Press Kids - November 13th, 2018


"Tricks are such a fun way to keep your dog engaged - especially during these long winter months.  This book, by an animal trainer who has worked on the Harry Potter movies and Game of Thrones, is a sweet compendium of tricks with accessible instructions.

"If you're looking for a more comprehensive training book, Dr. Ian Dunbar's work is just wonderful.  And if your dog is particularly independent, please read When Pigs Fly, by Jane Killion." --Kristen

Thank you to All Breed Rescue for suggesting Ian Dunbar's and Jane Killion's work!

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The Rabbit Listened Cover Image
By Cori Doerrfeld, Cori Doerrfeld (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780735229358
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Published: Dial Books - February 20th, 2018


"It's just about the best book on listening I've ever read. " --Rebecca

"Wonderfully drawn...offers what Taylor — like all of us — needs: the comfort of someone who will just listen, laugh and give a hug.” — New York Times

"[The Rabbit Listened] is a lovely book and a corrective, perhaps, for adults who may forget that quiet attention has its own curative power.” — The Wall Street Journal

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Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062316110
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Published: Harper Perennial - May 15th, 2018


"One of the most fascinating books I've read, this is a great choice for readers interested in history or anthropology, and also for those interested in taking a critical look at whether and why humans are happier than we used to be, and anyone intrigued by the power of story." --Kristen

The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594634925
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 15th, 2018


“We’re more connected than ever. But it doesn’t really feel that way. We talk on the phone less than we used to, but we spend more time in front of screens, or plugged into earbuds. We’re constantly interacting, but not always communicating on a meaningful level. We’re busy, but we’re not often getting a lot done. Priya Parker aims to change that. In her new book The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters, Parker sets out to make our lives more productive, and our interactions more meaningful.” —Debbie Millman, Design Matters

It Occurs to Me That I Am America: New Stories and Art Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501179600
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Published: Atria Books - January 16th, 2018


This provocative, unprecedented anthology features original short stories from thirty bestselling and award-winning authors—including Alice Walker, Richard Russo, Walter Mosley, Joyce Carol Oates, Alice Hoffman, Neil Gaiman, Michael Cunningham, Mary Higgins Clark, and Lee Child—with an introduction by Pulitzer Prize–winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen. Featuring artwork by some of today’s best known artists, cartoonists, and graphic novelists—including Art Spiegelman, Roz Chast, Marilyn Minter, and Eric Fischl—who cover political, social, and cultural issues, this anthology is a beautiful, enduring collection that will resonate with anyone concerned with the contest for our American soul.

How to Write Anything: A Complete Guide Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393355185
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - December 5th, 2017


Need to know how to format your resume for that job application? How do you write a cover letter that will stand out? Wondering how to request a letter of recommendation for graduate school? Trying to craft a get-well note that will really help? How informal is too informal when instant messaging in the office? What do you write on the website for your small business? What should you say in a wedding invitation? Or a divorce announcement?

With over 200 how-to entries and easy-to-use models organized into three comprehensive sections on work, school, and personal life, How to Write Anything covers a wide range of topics that make it an essential guide for the whole family.

Why Travel Matters: A Guide to the Life-Changing Effects of Travel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781473670280
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Published: Nicholas Brealey - April 17th, 2018


"Why Travel Matters is not a travel book, but a book about travel; an engaging, intelligent and entertaining exploration of why we do it, how we do it, and what it does to us. I've not read anything like it before. Like the act of travelling itself, it shifted my perspective on the world and helped me see familiar terrain in unfamiliar ways."—Nick Hunt, author Where the Wild Winds Are, a 2017 Spectator Book of the Year