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Tell About Night Flowers: Eudora Welty’s Gardening Letters, 1940-1949 by Eudora Welty

I know nothing about floral gardens…or any gardens for that matter, yet I was transfixed by Eudora Welty’s Tell about Night Flowers: Eudora Welty’s Gardening Letters, 1940-1949. Why? Certainly because these letters were written by one of America’s finest writers…and because they provide insight into a world long gone, that of the United States during [...]

Home Made Summer by Yvette Van Boven

Home Made Summer is a beautifully designed book.  It’s a cookbook written by Yvette Van Boven, with wonderful photography by Oof Verschuren.  Every second page contains a full page photo of the ingredients/recipe item.  The book is from stewart tabori & chang, an imprint of Abrams.  It’s appropriately European in context, given Van Boven’s day-to-day [...]

The World We Have: a Buddhist Approach to Peace and Ecology by Thich Nhat Hanh

“Only when we combine environmentalism with spiritual practice, will we find the tools to make the profound personal transformations needed to address the planetary crisis” writes Melvin McLeod in his recommendation for reading The World we have: a Buddhist approach to Peace and Ecology  by Thich Nhat Hanh. This tiny book (141 pages, 4.5 x [...]

Full Body Burden by Kirsten Iversen

Kirsten Iversen grew up in the seventies and though she lived in Colorado and I lived in Indiana, our childhoods were very much alike.  Every kid in the neighborhood had either a horse or a dirt bike.  Moms kicked kids out of the house after breakfast and didn’t want them back inside until dinner.  However, [...]

Wisdom Walk by Sage Bennet

I checked out Wisdom Walk to provide a resource at a recent retreat.  I ended up using it myself and commend it to other readers.  The book is subtitled “Nine practices for creating peace and balance from the World’s spiritual traditions”.  The traditions covered are Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Christianity, Judaism, Native American Spirituality, Taoism, and [...]

Long Day at the End of the World by Brent Hendricks

Frequently there seems to be stories in the news about fraudulent prepaid funeral home plans but in the early 2000s the Tri-State Crematory in Georgia made national news for not cremating bodies.  Officials found bodies in various states of decay all over the property and funeral homes had just been given a mixture of ground [...]

Creating Innovators: the Making of Young People Who Will Change the World by Tony Wagner

I ran across Creating Innovators while selecting collections for the Mobile Library.  The book addresses disparity between schools and real life application of knowledge.  Placing an importance on play, passion and purpose to bridge the gap of rote information and making a difference in the world.  Parents who stress creativity and play are lauded after [...]

Once Upon a Flock by Lauren Scheuer

Lauren Scheuer’s Once Upon a Flock: Life With My Soulful Chickens is such a fun read it will make you want to get some chickens if you do not have any.  Scheuer is an illustrator and the book is full of drawings and pictures of her small flock.  She really enjoys being outside and after [...]

Another Insane Devotion by Peter Trachtenberg

I am usually very cautious about reading a story where an animal plays a large part.  I took a chance on Another Insane Devotion by Peter Trachtenberg.  It seemed, according to reviews, to treat the relationship between the cats and their people as real and meaningful, on the same level and with nuances as with [...]

Aftermath by Joel Meyerowitz

Sometimes it takes a long time to fully absorb a tragedy, and that’s certainly the case for me and the September 11,2001 attacks on the World Trade Center.  I vividly remember the day, being at work, having children in ‘lockdowns’ at school and being worried about my husband’s colleagues and their air travel plans.  Joel [...]

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