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“In his rollicking, often hilarious, sometimes parodic, yet always searingly straightforward new book, Augusten Burroughs offers smart, sassy, and forthright advice about getting to the bottom of your problems and living a fuller life. As always, Burroughs is smart and energetically forthright about living and loving. With This Is How, Burroughs turns the self-help genre upside down.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
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This Is How: Proven Aid in Overcoming Shyness, Molestation, Fatness, Spinsterhood, Grief, Disease, Lushery, Decrepitude & More.  Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780312563554
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Published: St. Martin's Press - May 8th, 2012

In 1772, upon the death of her second husband, Mary Delany arose from her grief, picked up a pair of scissors, and, at the age of seventy-two, created a new art form: mixed-media collage. Over the next decade, Mrs. Delany produced an astonishing 985 botanically correct, breathtaking cut-paper flowers, now housed in the British Museum. As she tracks the extraordinary life of Delany, internationally acclaimed poet Molly Peacock weaves in delicate parallels in her own life and, in doing so, creates a profound and beautiful examination of the nature of creativity and art.
The Paper Garden: An Artist Begins Her Life's Work at 72 Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781608196975
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - April 24th, 2012

Like many of you, I am a big fan of Jonathan Franzen’s fiction. But I think his essays may have just a slight edge in my heart. Maybe I just like seeing the compassionate, thoughtful everyman lurking behind the persona of the darkly comic novelist. Whether probing the life of his troubled friend David Foster Wallace, or traveling the world in aid of the vanishing songbirds, Franzen always has something interesting to say, and he is often unexpectedly self-revealing.

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Seana
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ISBN: 9780374153571
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - April 24th, 2012

Terry Tempest Williams has an uncanny way of reaching toward something by way of language—whether it be nature or writing or feeling. In When Women Were Birds, what Williams reaches toward is greater understanding. Shortly before dying, Williams’ mother tells Terry that she is leaving Terry her journals, but that she must not open them until she is gone. Terry pays heed and opens the diaries after her mother’s death, only to find that they are blank—all of them. The finding, Williams says, sent her into a “double grief.” This book is about the journey Terry goes through to fill in those journals. It is a meditation on voice and understanding, a tribute to flight and identity, to seeking and exploring, to family reconciliation, and to letting go. This is a stunning read.
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ISBN: 9780374288976
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Published: Sarah Crichton Books - April 10th, 2012

When God Was a Rabbit is a unique and wonderful coming-of-age story that begins in Cornwall, England, in the late 1960s and ends around the time of the terrorist attacks in New York. Told mostly through the view of Elly (who we first meet at 5), the years traversed in this novel are simple and fantastical at the same time. We watch two siblings recreate magic through a rabbit they name God, we watch a best friend promise to witness unspeakable acts, we watch the world stretch and break as war and terror become common day. A beautiful, magical story that poses questions about saying yes and staying open to life when loss and longing are enough to make anyone say no.
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S.M.C.
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ISBN: 9781608195374
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - April 24th, 2012

I once came across a review that pegged The Leftovers as an agnostic take on the rapture, and I haven’t been able to get that out of my head. When thousands of people worldwide disappear in a single moment, there is no religious explanation, only confusion and grief. Perrotta’s characters struggle to move on in this strange new world, craving answers and meaning in the face of loss. A powerful and authentic meditation on the myriad ways we respond to tragedy.
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Kat
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ISBN: 9780312363550
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Published: Griffin - May 22nd, 2012

I was gripped by this story from its first page. It is hard to describe this beautifully told novel without giving anything away. Judith is raised by her widowed father, under the influence of his deep religious faith and a town that is slipping into an industry-based poverty depression. Judith tries to make sense out of a life that is somewhat outside of her grasp. When an external event starts a catalyst of chaotic change, we hold our breaths as this imaginative and deeply tender-hearted child tries to put things in place, while risking her own well-being. This is a novel about belief systems, about the developmental shifts in a child’s awareness, but it is also about the deep and clumsy love between a parent-and child. But most of all, this novel speaks to the crux of childhood—at the strength it takes to hold onto faith and wonder, even when all the evidence says otherwise. This is an amazing read.
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S.M.C.
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ISBN: 9781250024077
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Published: Picador USA - March 5th, 2013

Serious Fun may sound like an oxymoron, but a lot of work was put into putting together this comprehensive creativity guide. It's full of step-by-step DIY, facts and trivia, and neat projects - the perfect remedy to thumb-twiddling for kids (and kids at heart) of any age.

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Andrea
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$28.00
ISBN: 9781608196418
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - October 16th, 2012

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