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Katherine's Reviews

The Laws Guide to Nature Drawing and Journaling by John Muir Laws

Laws is known for his beautiful bird guides, but he's also a top notch instructor with a boundless enthusiasm for sharing his love of art and nature with others. This book is a comprehensive course in nature journaling that’s comprehensive in its scope without being overwhelming. If you've been meaning to try nature journaling, this is your excuse to dive in. - Katherine

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ISBN: 9781597143158
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Published: Heyday Books - March 2016

The Affair of the Mysterious Letter by Alexis Hall

Sherlock Holmes by way of Doctor Who, this wild and weird adventure is a breath of fresh air. Shaharazad Haas (a bisexual sorceress) and her companion Captain Wyndham (a veteran of an interdimensional war) traverse space and time solving mysteries and dealing with all manner of creatures, including vampires, gods, pirates, and poets. Delightfully bizarre. - Katherine

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ISBN: 9780440001331
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Published: Ace - June 18th, 2019

Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake

When a tornado rips through Ivy’s home, her world is blown apart in more ways than one. In the chaos, Ivy’s journal is stolen—the journal where she keeps all her secrets, including her biggest one: Ivy likes girls, but she isn’t ready to tell anyone. As Ivy starts losing control of her secrets, her world changes in ways she could never have imagined. A gentle, sometimes heart-wrenching coming-of-age story about first love and family. - Katherine

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ISBN: 9780316515474
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 26th, 2019

Orange for the Sunsets by Tina Athaide

Ugandan Asha and Yesofu have always been best friends, though their worlds couldn’t be more different; Asha has grown up surrounded by wealth and privilege, while Yesofu lives in poverty, working as Asha’s family’s servant. Neither gave their differences much thought until a political crisis forces them to reckon with their identities and the limits of their friendship. Based on historical events, this poignant, heartbreaking tale about xenophobia and prejudice couldn’t be more timely. - Katherine

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ISBN: 9780062795298
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - April 2nd, 2019

How to Know the Birds by Ted Floyd

Floyd, editor of Birding magazine, offers a more holistic approach to birding than the traditional field guide, pairing each species with personal anecdotes and practical birding advice, beginning with the basics of bird identification and moving on to the realms of conservation and philosophy. Beautifully illustrated throughout, this is an excellent introduction to the art and science of birdwatching. - Katherine

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ISBN: 9781426220036
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Published: National Geographic - March 12th, 2019

Mozart's Starling by Lyanda Lynn Haupt

Haupt deftly interweaves biography, science, music theory, and memoir in this fascinating look at a footnote in music history: Mozart’s pet starling. Previous knowledge of Mozart or love for starlings is not required. Though starlings are often considered the villains of the bird world, Haupt’s compassionate portrait reveals them as the extraordinary creatures that they are. - Katherine

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ISBN: 9780316370905
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Published: Little, Brown Spark - May 15th, 2018

The Wicked Boy by Kate Summerscale

In 1857, a child was convicted of murdering his mother after her body was found decomposing in their home. This lurid point of entry belies a fascinating and surprisingly compassionate examination of a crime that gripped Victorian London. Like the best crime narratives, its focus is not on the crime itself, but on the extraordinary ways it shaped the lives left in its wake. - Katherine

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ISBN: 9780143110460
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Published: Penguin Books - July 4th, 2017

The Landscapes of Anne of Green Gables by Catherine Reid

This book is a beautiful portrait of Prince Edward Island and the forests, meadows, and fields that inspired Anne. Drawing from Montgomery’s archives, her letters and journal entries are interwoven with lush photographs of the place she called home. If you can’t visit Prince Edward Island yourself, this book is the next best thing. - Katherine

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ISBN: 9781604697896
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Published: Timber Press - March 27th, 2018

Garden Wild by Andre Baranowski

My favorite gardens are the wild, untamed ones that barely look like gardens at all, the gardens that reflect their local environment instead of fighting against it. This book is a celebration of just that. Andre Baranowski’s beautiful photographs take you on a tour of twelve gorgeous gardens that might finally inspire you to ditch your lawn for good. - Katherine

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By Andre Baranowski, Dorothy Kalins (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780847862139
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Published: Rizzoli - March 5th, 2019

To Night Owl from Dogfish by Holly Goldberg & Meg Wolitzer

As anyone familiar with The Parent Trap will tell you, two very different girls from opposite ends of the country brought together at summer camp for some sisterly bonding is a recipe for hijinks. A modern update on an old formula, this funny, fast-paced adventure becomes a sweet, poignant tale about friendship and family. - Katherine

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ISBN: 9780525553236
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Published: Dial Books - February 12th, 2019


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