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Seeds: One Man's Serendipitous Journey to Find the Trees That Inspired Famous American Writers from Faulkner to Kerouac, Welty to Wharton
If "writing a book is like climbing Mt. Everest," as the author remarks in his acknowledgements, then the tiny fragment of us who have actually experi ...more
Jul 27, 2012
Jul 27, 2012
Charley Harper: An Illustrated Life
Harper's works are ultra-simple arrays of line, geometry and color. Selected by the dozen,they make for a favorable wall calendar. His subjects are po ...more
Dec 30, 2013
Dec 30, 2013
A Man's Garden
This well-written book is full of fascinating life stories and enjoyable photographs of some prolific men in the garden today.

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Apr 15, 2010
Apr 17, 2010
Drawing Birds with Colored Pencils
After reading other books on bird and botanical illustration, I was surprised to see some fundamental differences technique and approach here.
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Jan 19, 2011
Jan 09, 2011
Home: A Short History of an Idea
Rybczynski chooses a seemingly boundless topic and communicates it with a thoughtful series of essay-like chapters. He begins in the Middle Ages and w ...more
Jan 29, 2013
Jan 29, 2013
The Orchid Thief: A True Story of Beauty and Obsession
Oleander shines when she is waxing romantic about Florida, and when she is peering into the mind of one of Florida's most infamous plant collectors. I ...more
Jul 17, 2012
Jul 17, 2012
Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine
I've spent hours with this one already, and I'm pretty certain it will become as worn as my other encyclopedias by DK.

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Oct 23, 2013
Love, Loss, and What I Wore
I love the idea of pairing these simple sketches of clothing (did anyone else do these when they were young?) with scraps of information about real ex ...more
Aug 12, 2010
Aug 13, 2010
The Edible Woman
To be in touch with the feminine psyche of that time period,by way of such an outstanding author, was what kept me reading. Though the characters were ...more
Oct 22, 2010
Sep 28, 2010
Sketch Book for the Artist
Jam-packed with inspiring examples of artists and works I have never seen, thoughtful analysis of techniques, and sage advice. I'll definitely be read ...more
Feb 09, 2011
Jan 30, 2011
The New Kings of Nonfiction
These are fascinating,real-life stories told by fearless, meticulous journalists. Makes me ponder how many more of these stories are being played out ...more
Mar 24, 2010
Feb 24, 2010
To-Do List: From Buying Milk to Finding a Soul Mate, What Our Lists Reveal About Us
Reading this book was both an encouraging and morbid experience. It's encouraging to be able to relate to so many of the hangups, foibles, joys and lo ...more
Aug 18, 2010
Aug 13, 2010
The Language of Life: A Festival of Poets
Who knew that poets are just people too? Bill Moyers does a superb job of cracking poetry's hard veneer to reveal mere mortals on the inside at the Do ...more
Aug 18, 2010
Jul 07, 2010
Oaxaca Journal
Never having read his more famous writings, I found this to be an insightful, charming, and fascinating introduction to what goes on inside Oliver Sac ...more
Nov 09, 2010
Nov 04, 2010
Reading the Forested Landscape: A Natural History of New England
Tom Wessels investigates nature etchings of Brian Cohen to reveal more than one dimension. Each scene represents an integral part of New England's his ...more
Dec 10, 2010
Dec 18, 2010
Keeping a Nature Journal: Discover a Whole New Way of Seeing the World Around You
I teach kids outdoors, and often lead activities that involve sketching, writing, and collecting information about nature. This gives me the chance to ...more
Oct 06, 2010
Feb 05, 2010
Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says about Us)
If there's a topic we should all know more about, this is it. Traffic is a space where we sacrifice personal identity to become citizens of the road. ...more
Dec 10, 2011
Nov 25, 2009
Tales of H.P. Lovecraft
In these works of H.P. Lovecraft, I can see some elements that we've stolen and polished in developing the genre over the years, and other elements wh ...more
Feb 17, 2012
Nov 20, 2011
Dearest Creature
This is a book of creatures that does not disappoint (and I am speaking as one familiar with creature books in general). In each poem, Gerstler allows ...more
Dec 29, 2011
Jul 27, 2010
The Rise of the Creative Class: And How It's Transforming Work, Leisure, Community, and Everyday Life
This a book about economy that does not lament over today's changing values, and does not agonize over a hypothetical future. Instead, Richard Florida ...more
Dec 2011
Sep 24, 2011
I Wear the Black Hat: Grappling With Villains (Real and Imagined)
This was an entertaining grapple at best. Chuck Klosterman gives a nod to nofarious pop culture villains- some fictional, some mid-real-life-crises, a ...more
Aug 10, 2013
Aug 03, 2013
Golden Wings & Hairy Toes: Encounters with New England's Most Imperiled Wildlife
Todd McLeish tags along with a handful of New England scientists on the front lines of local conservation. There is much to learn about the species th ...more
Dec 05, 2010
Dec 06, 2010
Drawing Birds
John Busby has a well-balanced, realistic approach to drawing and appreciating art from the field. There's no doubt that the techniques he shares will ...more
Jan 08, 2011
Jan 09, 2011
Wild Urban Plants of the Northeast: A Field Guide
I was introduced to Tredici's work when he gave a talk at The Arnold Arboretum a few months ago, and have been wanting to buy this book ever since. I' ...more
Oct 24, 2010
Oct 24, 2010
Color: A Natural History of the Palette
In a world where supply and demand deliver virtually every color of the rainbow to the doorsteps of consumers on a daily basis, it is hard to imagine ...more
Aug 23, 2010
Nov 25, 2009
Pretty Vacant: The Los Angeles Dingbat Observed
It was the drab, stark shapes in the photographs that drew me to this book. I had never seen such a collection of ugly buildings. It seems that the au ...more
Sep 2009
Nov 22, 2009
Robert Frost's Poems
I'm easily transported by these poems, now having lived in New England for a few years and experienced the landscape. As I sit cozy and anticipate ano ...more
Nov 25, 2011
Jan 09, 2011
The Blind Assassin
Here is Margaret Atwood skillfully using sentences as pulleys to move you deep into the lives of her characters. It is the story of two sisters living ...more
Aug 12, 2010
Jan 20, 2010
Heirloom: Notes from an Accidental Tomato Farmer
This book stirs my famished peasant heart!

"When the sun is burning holes through the afternoon, the tomato plants soak up light until they are limp wi
Oct 03, 2011
Jan 09, 2011
Organic, Inc.: Natural Foods and How They Grew
Yay, I'm finally finished this one after a cycle of reading some and then re-shelving it!

Fromartz pursues the topic with painstaking efforts to remai
Nov 26, 2011
Jan 26, 2010
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