Trish's Picks

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The Silkworm (Cormoran Strike Novels) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316206877
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Published: Mulholland Books - June 19th, 2014

In the first Strike Mystery, The Cuckoo's Calling, Robert Galbraith (aka J. K. Rowling) creates an intriguing P.I., Cormoran Strike, a veteran of the War in Afghanistan who lost a leg to an IED. This second in the series has a universally disliked novelist murdered after writing a libelous book maliciously satirizing many people in the publishing world. Galbraith is a masterful storyteller and this book doesn't disappoint; I read it every spare minute I could get.

Seeds of Hope: Wisdom and Wonder from the World of Plants Cover Image
By Jane Goodall, Gail Hudson (With), Michael Pollan (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9781455554492
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - April 1st, 2014

Jane Goodall's quiet voice and her love and fascination with nature turns to plants in this beautiful book. The descriptions of ancient plants, medicinal plants, communication between plants and the personalities of plant hunters, the dedication of environmentalists like Vandana Shiva express wonderfully the obsessions and concerns of many people over the years. As a child Goodall spent many hours in a tree she named “Beech.” Her description of those times is a lovely gentle reminder of how important it is for all of us to spend more time outdoors communing with nature.

Good Kings, Bad Kings Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616203252
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Published: Algonquin Books - November 12th, 2013

This unforgettable novel won the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction. Nussbaum reveals the stories of the staff and residents in an institution for disabled juveniles, as they grapple with an astounding number of issues. When the residents see an opening to voice their concerns in the community, suddenly the balance of power shifts and many lives are changed.

No Impact Man: The Adventures of a Guilty Liberal Who Attempts to Save the Planet, and the Discoveries He Makes about Himself and Our Cover Image
ISBN: 9780312429836
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Published: Picador USA - May 25th, 2010

If you've ever tried to make changes in your life to have a smaller carbon footprint, imagine Colin Beavan's life changes when he, his wife and toddler strive to have no impact on the earth for one year.  It's filled with funny and serious situations, along with a lot of great information about conservation, eating locally/organically/ethically, voting with your dollars, and which actions make the biggest difference. I found some usable ideas, more changes to consider, and very helpful resources, and I found this an enjoyable and at times hilarious read.

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ISBN: 9781451693560
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Published: Scribner Book Company - February 18th, 2014

A beautiful, haunting story set in New York in 1911. The city and its history are lovingly woven into the lives of Eddie, a photographer, and Coralie, a 'mermaid' from the Museum of Extraordinary Things. A murder brings them together after the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire when they try to discover what happened to a young woman who worked at the factory and disappeared after the fire.

True Belonging: Mindful Practices to Help You Overcome Loneliness, Connect with Others & Cultivate Happiness Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781572249332
Availability: Out of Print
Published: New Harbinger Publications - July 1st, 2011

A small gem of a book to help keep you conscious of what you're doing throughout your day. Brantley is the director of the mindfulness-based stress reduction program at Duke Integrative Health and has distilled some of their teachings into this book. Read straight through or pick out a practice like "Remembering the Animals" and find your way back to a calm mind and mindful moment.

Okay for Now Cover Image
ISBN: 9780544022805
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - February 5th, 2013

Gary Schmidt is a young adult writer that adults will also love. Doug Swieteck is a kid with not much going on until he sees an Audubon bird plate in his public library. Each chapter presents a different bird plate and with it, a change that happens as Doug discovers new friends, a librarian who channels his creativity, and a way of dealing with his family who has an injured son returning from Vietnam. A touching and inspiring novel to share and discuss.

The Science of Yoga: The Risks and the Rewards Cover Image
ISBN: 9781451641431
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Published: Simon & Schuster - December 25th, 2012

If you don't already do yoga, you'll want to after reading this book. Broad, a science writer for the New York Times, reveals the history of yoga along with the research that has been done on the benefits and risks of the practice. The studies that have been done at places like Duke University show that for nearly everyone, yoga will enrich one's life. The book sent me straight to my yoga mat.

Why We Broke Up Cover Image
By Daniel Handler, Maira Kalman (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780316127257
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - December 27th, 2011

Anyone who has been disappointed in love will relate to this book. The well-known situation where the artsy girl gets the popular, athletic guy and then it doesn't work out, is given a fresh, smart, and sympathetic treatment by Handler. Maira Kalman's fabulous, expressive illustrations deepen the emotional impact of the story.

I loved this book. Min Green is an original character with a memorable voice that resonates beyond the story.

A Small Furry Prayer: Dog Rescue and the Meaning of Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9781608193035
Availability: Backordered
Published: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - October 11th, 2011

I usually don't read books about animal rescue because they're too depressing, but this is an exception. Although it's tough at times, Kotler is a journalist and the research he has compiled on animal intelligence is fascinating. Kotler and his wife, the Mother Teresa of dog rescue, take in only the rejects, old, terminally ill or abused and give them the best life they can. Funny, sad and inspiring, it's the best book I've read in years on animals.

The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781565126060
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Published: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill - August 24th, 2010

A beautiful gem of a book to savor and marvel over.  Bailey, who was bed bound, ended up with a snail in a plant and found it a source of fascination.  The observations of the author and the snail facts she amassed as she lay in bed combine into a captivating volume.  You'll marvel over the small gastropods and quote snail facts to anyone who will listen.