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Spring Reading

When I Was a Child I Read Books by Marilynne Robinson

Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Marilynne Robinson, author of the novels Gilead, Home, and (my personal favorite) Housekeeping, has turned her focus back to nonfiction. In her new collection, Robinson writes to different themes, speaking toward faith in the modern world, to politics and the dangers of our current public discourse, to paying homage to literary figures of our past. Robinson’s intelligence is clear and deep—this is a wonderful collection for the literary reader who longs for reflection.

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S.M.C.
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$24.00
ISBN: 9780374298784
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - March 13th, 2012

Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson

Expanding on some of the themes found in her autobiographical novel, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, Winterson writes in her new memoir about being adopted and raised by Pentecostal parents. The first half of the book is a series of stories and snapshots from Winterson’s young life as a girl and of her relationship with her adoptive, religious zealot mother who was thwarted and abusive. The second half of the memoir feels as if it’s almost written in “real-time” and tells of Winterson’s quest to find her biological parents. In some ways, Winterson has done for the feeling of displacement and yearning that comes with being adopted, what Joan Didion did for grief in Year of Magical Thinking: written a singular story that captures a universal topic. With woven words and tactile imagery, she has created a raw narrative of survival, wit, and the importance of claiming identity.
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S.M.C.
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ISBN: 9780802120106
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Published: Grove Press - March 6th, 2012

Quiet by Susan Cain

Quiet is an engaging, meticulously researched insight into the different facets of introversion, as well as how our culture came to devalue the trait, and why this cultural suppression is to all our detriment. Focusing on extensive studies and introverted luminaries, this eloquent argument for the inherent value of introversion in our
extroverted world will simultaneously empower introverts and enlighten extroverts. Let us be reminded of the power of quiet, insight and thought, and applaud Susan Cain.

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Flannery
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$28.00
ISBN: 9780307352149
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Published: Crown - January 24th, 2012

Pantone Colors by Pantone

This artful “first colors” book introduces children to 9 basic colors and 20 shades of each, but any art-lover, designer, or Pantone geek (like myself) would likely agree that Pantone Colors is so charming and smart, it’s appeal is universal. Have fun perusing greens—from clover to lizard, forest to pickle—and get lost in the variety of dark, light, and in-between tones of the rainbow.

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S.B.
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By Pantone
$9.95
ISBN: 9781419701801
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - March 1st, 2012

Bringing Up Bébé by by Pamela Druckerman

Why is it that French babies happily eat fish and vegetables, entertain themselves while their parents sip coffee, and sleep through the night at two years old? In Paris, new mom Druckerman sees parents treating their kids as intelligent, capable young people, disciplining them to “sois sage” (be wise) rather than “be good.” Funny, insightful, helpful, and true. A must-read for parents of good kids and enfants-rois alike.

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Andrea
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ISBN: 9781594203336
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Published: Penguin Press - February 7th, 2012

Townie by Andre Dubus, III

Andre Dubus III (House of Sand and Fog) has long been one of my favorite novelists. The pulse and threat of violence is a prevalent theme in his books, and his new memoir offers an illuminating glimpse into the way violence shaped his childhood. Dubus grew up in an entirely different world from his famous novelist father (Andre Dubus), in rough neighborhoods where fighting was commonplace. A thoughtful, electric memoir, and a must-read for fans of Dubus.

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Kat
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$15.95
ISBN: 9780393340679
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 6th, 2012

Rez Life by David Treuer

Part memoir, part journalism, and part history, David Treuer’s Rez Life uses his novelist eye to talk to reservation life from past to present. Treuer, a member of the Ojibwe tribe of northern Minnesota, grew up on Leech Lake reservation but was educated in mainstream America. Whether he is writing about the labyrinth of policy that goes into a fishing treaty, or the circumstances surrounding his grandfather’s death, Treuer explores how poverty, politics, and preservation of native language and culture are constant struggles of crisis—but also enduring and courageous ways of life.

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S.M.C.
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ISBN: 9780802119711
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Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - February 7th, 2012

Cartographies of Time by Daniel Rosenberg & Anthony Grafton

Cartographies of Time is an eye-popping record of the ways that mapmakers, chronologists, artists and others have tried to convey the passage of time visually. The timeline is a metaphor so fundamental to the visual representation of time today—in almanacs, calendars, charts, and graphs—that it can be difficult to recall that a linear concept of time was “invented” at all. This fascinating and beautiful book showcases graphic representations of European and American history and the evolution of the modern timeline.

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$35.00
ISBN: 9781616890582
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Published: Princeton Architectural Press - February 1st, 2012

The Illumination by Kevin Brockmeier

Kevin Brockmeier’s latest novel imagines a world in which pain becomes visible as a white light, shining out of cut thumbs, sore backs and broken limbs. Brockmeier follows a series of characters as they grapple with this strange new world, in which people diagnose each other at a glance and struggle to contain their secrets. My fellow bookseller Susan and I love this book so much that we argued over who got to write the review. Read it yourself and pass it on.
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Kat
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ISBN: 9780307387776
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Published: Vintage - February 21st, 2012

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