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Knowing the Trees Discover the Forest from Seed to Snag by Ken Keffer

Even a tree standing alone is never alone. As Ken Keffer guides us from the seed ready to fall from the branch to the broken stump, we meet the creatures and forces that turn a tree into part of a forest. Facts are gorgeously illuminated with Emily Walker’s pen-and-watercolor paintings that manage to be clear and lush at the same time. This utterly beautiful book is a perfect gift for any lover of the natural world.  

—Cat

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Knowing the Trees: Discover the Forest from Seed to Snag By Ken Keffer, Emily Walker (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Ken Keffer, Emily Walker (Illustrator)
$24.95
ISBN: 9781680515527
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Published: Mountaineers Books - August 15th, 2023

Iona Iverson’s Rules for Commuting by Clare Pooley

A grape in the wrong place makes advice columnist Iona Iverson break one of the unwritten rules of commuting: never talk to strangers. Once she and her fellow travelers rescue a choking passenger, though, Iona starts asking questions and offering surprisingly helpful advice. Can she accept help in return? I loved this touching and funny story about how friends you didn’t expect to make can help you make choices you didn’t expect to have.

—Cat

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Iona Iverson's Rules for Commuting: A Novel By Clare Pooley Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781984878663
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Published: Penguin Books - August 8th, 2023

The Women Who Caught the Babies written by Eloise Greenfield

From Africa to America, in slavery and in freedom, midwives have been helping babies into the world with gentle hands. Photographs and heartbreakingly beautiful paintings illustrate stories of African American midwives told in both the prose of history and the poetry of individual births. This is a book for readers of any age who want to learn about what midwives do, and how the knowledge of African American midwives has been handed down and still benefits modern babies.

—Cat

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The Women Who Caught The Babies: A Story of African American Midwives By Eloise Greenfield, Daniel Minter (Other primary creator) Cover Image
By Eloise Greenfield, Daniel Minter (Other primary creator)
$10.99
ISBN: 9781733686556
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Published: Alazar Press - May 1st, 2023

¡Pio Peep! written by Alma Flor Ada, F. Isabel Campoy & Alice Schertle

These 29 sweet Spanish nursery rhymes are about things kids and their grown-ups like best: frogs and elephants, piñatas and cinnamon bread, wide-open fields and your own cozy bed. The English adaptations, with their own rhythm and charm, are equally delightful to read aloud. Each poem is accompanied by beautiful paintings that gave my grandson and me even more to talk about—once he stopped dancing to the poems.

—Cat

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Pio Peep! Traditional Spanish Nursery Rhymes: Bilingual English-Spanish By Alma Flor Ada, Vivi Escriva (Illustrator), F. Isabel Campoy, Alice Schertle Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780064438681
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Published: HarperCollins Espanol - May 7th, 2019

The Tethered Mage by Melissa Caruso

Lady Amalia Cornaro only snuck out of the palace to buy a book and put off a little longer her duties as heir to the Cornaro family. Zaira was only trying to elude the clutches of anyone who wanted to put her mage power over balefire to their own use. Neither expected to end the day bound together for life as Falcon and Falconer, mage and keeper, in the service of the Raverran Empire.

—Cat

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The Tethered Mage (Swords and Fire #1) By Melissa Caruso Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316466875
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Published: Orbit - October 24th, 2017

A Hundred Thousand Worlds by Bob Proehl

Nine-year-old Alex and his superhero mom Valerie make their way across the country, comic-con by comic-con, toward a future of inevitable loss. They visit the fallen heroes, wise women, and wizards of pen and ink who have all shaped the story of their lives. Pushed and pulled by so many other people’s stories, can they learn to write their own?

—Cat

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A Hundred Thousand Worlds: A Novel By Bob Proehl Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780399562235
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Published: Penguin Books - June 6th, 2017

Leaving Orbit by Margaret Lazarus Dean

We’ve come a long way since the dawn of American spaceflight, and accomplished the unimaginable (like robots on Mars!). But after the retirement of the last American space shuttle, the future of spaceflight in this country is being made even more vulnerable by budget cuts and public skepticism. Dean’s book is a literary elegy to the astonishing achievements of our recent past, and a critical, curious look at what may be to come.

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Leaving Orbit: Notes from the Last Days of American Spaceflight By Margaret Lazarus Dean Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781555977092
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Published: Graywolf Press - May 19th, 2015

The Fifth Gospel by Ian Caldwell

I loved this complex book! When the curator of a Vatican exhibit about the Shroud of Turin is murdered, the blame falls on Simon, a Roman Catholic priest. His brother Alex seeks an ancient gospel that contains the clues he needs to clear his brother’s name. Drenched in history, this is the story of how far a quiet, heartbroken man will go to protect his beloveds…and how far others will go to conceal the truth. 

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$17.00
ISBN: 9781451694154
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 16th, 2016

Lesser Beasts: A Snout-to-Tail History of the Humble Pig by Mark Essig

The most important thing to know about pigs: They will eat anything. This characteristic led to pigs becoming simultaneously prized by many as a versatile and readily available source of high-quality food that sustained the spread of entire civilizations, and deeply loathed by others as filthy, dangerous, and contemptible. Mark Essig tells the fascinating story about how a self-domesticated game animal came to root along the borders between cultures and social classes to become one of humanity’s most controversial foods.

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Lesser Beasts: A Snout-to-Tail History of the Humble Pig By Mark Essig Cover Image
$27.50
ISBN: 9780465052745
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Published: Basic Books - May 5th, 2015

Moody Bitches by Julie Holland

I don't know whether to be relieved that my experience of being female is normal or depressed about how much, um, annoyance is inevitable. Julie Holland unveils the hormonal chemistry behind our feelings and discusses many strategies for living well with our changes. She backs up her information and advice with over forty pages of notes and references. Best of all, she addresses sometimes uncomfortable material with a matter-of-fact writing style that I found very helpful.

—Cat

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Moody Bitches: The Truth About the Drugs You're Taking, the Sleep You're Missing, the Sex You're Not Having, and What's Really Making You Crazy By Julie Holland Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143107903
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Published: Penguin Books - February 9th, 2016

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