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Sissinghurst: Vita Sackville West and the Creation of a Garden

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$34.99
ISBN: 9781250060051
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Published: St. Martin's Press - November 4th, 2014

Borrowing generously from Sackville-West’s own writings, Sarah Raven gives us a detailed look at the creation of the famous garden in Kent. Though bear in mind southeastern England is not Massachusetts, you’ll still want to keep a notebook handy to jot down all the plants you’ll want to add to your own garden.A perfect antidote for our horrible winter.

Dale


Shakespeare's Restless World

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$22.00
ISBN: 9780143125945
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Published: Penguin Books - November 4th, 2014

A fabulous addition to the Shakespearean experience, an enriching dimensional portrait of the times, politics, ways of living and general often amazingly explanatory context. Warning: you'll probably want to ‘hie out t' the nearest accessible Bard production.

Gary


The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down

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The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780374533403
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - April 24th, 2012

From the moment of Lia Lee’s birth in a Merced, California hospital, her parents — Hmong refugees from Laos—are confronted by cultural differences. When Lia begins having grand mal seizures, her parents see the condition as an indication of divine spirit having entered their child’s body. Lia’s physicians, however, call the condition severe epilepsy and attempt to coerce the Lees to follow their medical regimen. The clash that follows puts a child at risk and illustrates the difficulties of communication between cultures with firmly held beliefs.

PSB Book Club


Tiger Writing

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Tiger Writing: Art, Culture, and the Interdependent Self Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9780674072831
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Published: Harvard University Press - March 25th, 2013

Gish Jen delivers a concise, engaging look at the profoundly different characteristics that define “good stories” across the cultural divide of East and West. Particularly interesting is her prodding of the accepted wisdom that good writing is always character-driven—a broadly Western and most especially American conceit about the definition of good writing that says more about our own self-conception than it does about the fundamentals of writing itself.

Alexander


Leaving Before the Rains Come

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$26.95
ISBN: 9781594205866
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Published: Penguin Press - January 22nd, 2015

Fans of Alexandra Fuller will delight in hearing about the latest difficult chapter in her life which is told with the same candor and humor as her previous memoirs. And for new readers, you are in for a treat. Fuller has a unique ability to grab your heart and not let go.

Carol


Travels with Epicurus

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ISBN: 9780143121930
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Published: Penguin Books - October 30th, 2012

Taking Epicurus as his guide, Klein meditates on a philosophy of old age while on an extended visit to the Greek Island of Hydra. His choice of epigraph neatly sums up the heart of this little gem of a book, “Not what we have, but what we enjoy constitutes our abundance.”

Dale


The Lost Art of Dress

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$28.99
ISBN: 9780465036714
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Published: Basic Books (AZ) - April 29th, 2014

Even if you've never touched a sewing machine, you'll be planning a trip to the fabric store by the time you finish this history of American clothing. Dress isn't just a matter of fashion here: it's politics, domestic science, economics, and a barometer of women's roles in an evolving world.

Sarah


Cathedral: An Illness and a Healing

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$22.00
ISBN: 9781888889758
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Published: Pushcart Press - October 1st, 2014

I am not a Christian let alone do I believe (or even care) whether a God exists or not. But like Bill Henderson, I do believe there are sacred places in this world and the Blue Hill Peninsula is among them.This book chronicles Bill’s construction by hand of a “cathedral” on his land built with local stone over a period of years during which he also is diagnosed, then battles a life-threatening cancer. The spirit of the place and the people who dwell there help to make this memoir both moving and memorable.

Dale


Adulting: How to Become an Adult in 468 Easy (ish) Steps

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ISBN: 9781455516902
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - May 7th, 2013

Who ever said being an adult was easy? Done with humor and poise, Brown helps those new (or not) navigate their way through the facets of adulthood without condescension, from decorating an apartment on a budget and writing thank-you notes for just about everything, to how to cultivate meaningful relationships in your career and personal life.

Tildy


Thrown

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$15.95
ISBN: 9781936747924
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Published: Sarabande Books - October 14th, 2014

Unlike anything you've ever read, THROWN is a philosophical exploration of what it means to be alive through the lens of Mixed Martial Arts. The work of an intense intellect, THROWN uses the lives of two fighters to struggle with the biggest questions of experience, very directly fighting for meaning and significance in our chaotic and confusing world. A major work by a major mind.

Josh


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