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kate spade New York: Twenty Things We Love

First of all, Kate Spade can't do any wrong in my eyes. With that bias stated, you must must check this book out. There's a whole chapter on the color RED! Why not, right? Besides well-placed bows (yes!) and handwritten notes (yes!) and a sense of humor (of course!), this book is a beautiful compilation that visually represents the spirit of kate spade New York.

Kate Spade New York: Things We Love: Twenty Years of Inspiration, Intriguing Bits and Other Curiosities By kate spade new york, Deborah Lloyd (Introduction by) Cover Image
By kate spade new york, Deborah Lloyd (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9781419705663
Published: Harry N. Abrams - January 15th, 2013

Cataract by John Berger

John Berger, whose treatises on seeing have shaped cultural and media studies for four decades (see Way of Seeing), records the effects of cataract removal operations on each of his eyes. The result is an illuminated take on perception. Demirel's witty illustrations complement the text, creating a mini-world where eyes take on whimsical lives of their own.

Cataract: Some Notes After Having a Cataract Removed By John Berger, Selcuk Demirel (Illustrator) Cover Image
By John Berger, Selcuk Demirel (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781619020634
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Counterpoint LLC - December 11th, 2012

Train Dreams by Denis Johnson

When I finished this book, I turned it over and read it all over again. Seriously. Every chapter left me with a hauntingly beautiful image of life at the turn of the century. From the perspective of a lonely laborer named Robert Grainier looking back at the events of his life, there is a feeling of wonder and discovery in the realization of the American frontier. I loved this book.

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ISBN: 9781250007650
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Picador - May 22nd, 2012

Jerusalem by Yotam Ottolenghi & Sami Tamimi

One of my favorite parts from my trip to Jerusalem was the massive daily farmer’s market—blocks devoted to fresh fruits and vegetables, fish, and rotisserie meats, galore! And, of course, stands brimming with falafel, hummus, and kabobs. When I heard that Yotam Ottolenghi was releasing a cookbook based on this vibrant city, I immediately started salivating, remembering the delicious recipes I loved from last book, Plenty, such as the Jerusalem artichokes with Manouri and basil oil.
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Jerusalem: A Cookbook By Yotam Ottolenghi, Sami Tamimi Cover Image
ISBN: 9781607743941
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ten Speed Press - October 16th, 2012

Prefabulous + Almost Off the Grid by Sheri Koones

Sheri Koones, author of my favorite green guide on prefabricated homes, Prefabulous + Sustainable, is just as excited as I am to release Prefabulous + Almost Off the Grid. Meant to inspire homeowners to consider more environmentally friendly options for their home, this book is filled with inexpensive alternatives to creating a more energy-efficient and healthy living standard. The twist in this book is in the location!
Prefabulous + Almost Off the Grid: Your Path to Building an Energy-Independent Home By Sheri Koones, Robert Redford (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Sheri Koones, Robert Redford (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9781419703256
Published: Abrams - October 1st, 2012

The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling

I fell in love with J. K. Rowling at age 8 with Harry Potter. Fifteen years later—with a mix of nostalgia, curiosity, and great excitement—I’m ready to read Rowling’s take on adult fiction. This premiere novel features a compelling mystery: When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early 40s, the small town of Pagford is left in shock. Although Pagford seems from the beginning an English idyll, details reveal warring counterparts at every turn, and Fairbrother’s surprising death becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has ever seen.
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ISBN: 9780316228534
Published: Little, Brown and Company - September 27th, 2012

My Heart Is an Idiot by Davy Rothbart

Davy Rothbart, founder of Found magazine, is a hopeless romantic. Following up the like-titled documentary of 2011, this collection of essays expands on the hardships of following the heart and recreates hilarious and key moments of his adolescence. In the style of David Sedaris and Sloane Crosley, but with his own wholehearted twist, these essays are often hilarious and touching. “These essays are a trip. Take that trip.” —Charles Baxter. (We’re looking forward to having Davy here Saturday October 13th)

The Liars' Club by Mary Karr

I loved this memoir of growing up (mostly) in Texas in quite the dysfunctional family. Mary describes her childhood with the humor and compulsion of poetic therapy but the grit and reality of sand in the mouth. Her story is compelling, especially when describing her relationship with her mother and their reversal of roles. Best for anyone delving into the biography genre!

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ISBN: 9780143035749
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Penguin Books - May 31st, 2005

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

What would it be like to give up everything and attempt to live off the land? Chris McCandless attempted this endeavor donating all his money to charity and cutting off communication to the world to make his way into the great white North – Alaska. Krakauer describes his devastating death with the clarity and foresight of a journalist yet with the passion of a fellow nature-lover.

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ISBN: 9780385486804
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - January 20th, 1997

I Brake for Yard Sales by Laura Spencer

You may recognize Laura Spencer from "Good Morning America, awesome enough—but start flipping through these pages! She is super passionate about saving money without skimping on style and offers fantastic expert advice on how to make the most of your yard-saling experience. And that's not all - there's even info on how to update and save potential treasures from the dump! – Tracy
I Brake for Yard Sales: And Flea Markets, Thrift Shops, Auctions, and the Occasional Dumpster By Lara Spencer, Kathy Griffin (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Lara Spencer, Kathy Griffin (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9781584799221
Published: Stewart, Tabori & Chang - April 1st, 2012


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