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The Good Food Revolution by Will Allen

Will Allen is a hero to many, including me. Now a pioneering urban farmer and MacArthur “Genius Award” winner, in 1993 Allen left his corporate job to take up farming in a poor Milwaukee neighborhood. He created Growing Power, Inc., which has become a national nonprofit that trains others around the country and the world in sustainable farming techniques that can be used in urban and rural areas. In his new book, Allen points the way to building a new food system that can feed—and heal—broken communities.
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S.B.
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By Will Allen, Charles Wilson (With), Eric Schlosser (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9781592407101
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Gotham Books - May 10th, 2012

Overdressed by Elizabeth Cline

Ten dollar shoes (that last for one season) from Target or Old Navy might seem great, but what is the real cost? Fast fashion and disposable clothing have become our new norms, but Elizabeth Cline argues that this rapid cycle of consumption isn’t just erasing our sense of style and causing massive harm to the environment and human rights—it’s also bad for our souls. In Overdressed, Cline documents her own transformation from fast-fashion addict to conscientious shopper.
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$25.95
ISBN: 9781591844617
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Published: Portfolio Hardcover - June 14th, 2012

Cat Daddy by Jackson Galaxy

Jackson Galaxy doesn’t look like your typical cat whisperer, but his affinity for felines is no joke. However, at one time, Galaxy was a wreck, addicted to drugs and alcohol. At rock bottom, he adopted a cat everyone said was a lost cause, and slowly began to discover his strength and innate gift. This is a sweet, funny story of one very broken man and one untamable cat, and how they saved each other.
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Flannery
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$24.95
ISBN: 9781585429370
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Published: Tarcher - May 10th, 2012

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson

Jenny Lawson is like a hurricane of humor that never lets up. Her memoir is one of the funniest books I have ever read. It’s filled with amazing amounts of heart, compassion, and honesty that take this humor and make it a force for good in the world. Her story is inspirational, somewhat cautionary, truly unique, and never dull. Loyal fans of The Bloggess will be happy to know that the book is mostly new material; it adds great insight into her life, and her editors did not tone her down…much. No kitten-mittens, but plenty along the lines of Wil Wheaton collating paper, and taxidermied squirrels.
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Nici
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ISBN: 9780399159015
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Published: Amy Einhorn Books - April 17th, 2012

The Long Goodbye by Meghan O’Rourke

While there have been many memoirs written about grieving (from Isabel Allende’s Paula, about the loss of her daughter, to Joan Didion’s Year of Magical Thinking, detailing her story of widowhood), Meghan O’Rourke’s book is notable in that it tells the story of an adult child losing a parent. O’Rourke was in her late 20s when her mother died of cancer. The Long Goodbye is her story of grief and longing. It details the complexity and sharp edges that exist between mothers and daughters, but it also speaks of an American family and the joys and thrills that exist in everyday life. I loved this memoir for its layered simplicity—the ways that loss, love, pretense, and discovery weave together. O’Rourke offers us a real look at the complicated, and in this case, everlasting, mother–daughter bond.

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S.M.C.
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$17.00
ISBN: 9781594485664
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Published: Riverhead Books - April 3rd, 2012

My Two Moms by Zach Wahls, with Bruce Littlefield

In 2011, one young man stood up and told the Iowa House of Representatives that having two moms had not damaged his character. A video of the eloquent message instantly went viral. This is his story of life with two moms and the struggle of growing up different. It is a timely, moving story that serves as testimony to all that strength, love, and character matter more than conformity or tradition.

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Flannery
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ISBN: 9781592407132
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Published: Gotham - April 26th, 2012

The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson

The author of The Men Who Stare at Goats has brought us another unexpected journey, this time into the madness industry. Part mystery, part research project, Ronson’s latest will change the way you view insanity, handing out equal parts entertainment and intrigue as he explores the relationship between madness, deception, and power.

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Bucket
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$17.00
ISBN: 9781594485756
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 1st, 2012

The New New Rules by Bill Maher

If you’re someone who appreciates a good rant, then chances are you make a few new rules each day yourself. You know, when you’ve had all you can take, and for a moment you imagine you’re omnipotent and you issue a proclamation, a new rule, regarding some bit of nonsense that will no longer be tolerated. However, yours are probably not as hilarious as the ones in Bill Maher’s A–Z collection, The New New Rules.

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Joe
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ISBN: 9780452298293
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Published: Plume - May 1st, 2012

Fire Monks by Colleen Morton Busch

This book takes a close look at an incredible story that happened right in our area. In 2008, a series of lightning strikes ignited hundreds of fires across California, and one of those fires threatened the Tassajara Zen Mountain Center in Big Sur, a place accessible by a single unpaved road and particularly vulnerable to fire. The story of how the Center was saved by those who lived and worked there will leave you on the edge of your seat, as well as teach you about the many ways that Zen teachings can prepare you for a wildfire.
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Kat
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$17.00
ISBN: 9780143121374
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Published: Penguin Books - June 26th, 2012

The Borrower by Rebecca Makkai

I’ve now bought three copies of The Borrower, and I need to buy another, because I keep spontaneously mailing them off to friends and family. It’s one of those books that I feel a need to evangelize, with a powerful message about what it means to love books, and the many ways that literature can provide liberation and comfort. Read it, and grab an extra copy for the reader in your life. You’ll need it.
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Kat
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ISBN: 9780143120957
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Published: Penguin Books - May 29th, 2012

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