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Alchemy of Herbs

Alchemy of Herbs

by Rosalee de la Foret
Publisher: Hay House

Alchemy of Herbs will show you how to transform common ingredients into foods and remedies that heal. What were once everyday flavorings will become your personal kitchen apothecary. While using herbs can often seem complicated or costly, this book offers a way to learn that's as simple and inexpensive as cooking dinner.
 
With the guidance of herbalist Rosalee de la Foret, you'll understand how to match the properties of each plant to your own unique needs, for a truly personalized approach to health for you and your family. In addition to offering dozens of inspiring recipes, Rosalee examines the history and modern-day use of 29 popular herbs, supporting their healing properties with both scientific studies and in-depth research into herbal energetics.
 
Grow your knowledge of healing herbs and spices and start using nature's pharmacy to feed, heal, and nurture your whole family!

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Floret Farm’s Cut Flower Garden

Floret Farm’s Cut Flower Garden

by Erin Benzakein and Julie Chai
Publisher: Chronicle Books

From Erin Benzakein, a leader in the locaflor farm-to-centerpiece movement and owner of internationally renowned Floret Flower Farm, Cut Flower Garden is equal parts instruction and inspiration-a book overflowing with lush photography of magnificent flowers and breathtaking arrangements organized by season. This beautiful guide to growing, harvesting, and arranging gorgeous blooms year-round gives readers vital tools to nurture a stunning flower garden and use their blossoms to create showstopping arrangements. With irresistible photos of Erin's flower farm that showcase exquisite blooms, tips for growing in a variety of spaces and climates as well as step-by-step instructions for lavish garlands, airy centerpieces, and romantic floral decor for every season, Floret Farm's Cut Flower Garden informs and entices gardeners of all skill levels.

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Adnan’s Story

Adnan’s Story

The Search for Truth and Justice After Serial

by Rabia Chaudry
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The cat walked through the world, with its whiskers, ears, and paws . . . 
 
In this glorious celebration of observation, curiosity, and imagination, Brendan Wenzel shows us the many lives of one cat, and how perspective shapes what we see. When you see a cat, what do you see?

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Humans of New York: Stories

Humans of New York: Stories

by Brandon Stanton
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

The follow-up to the #1 New York Times bestseller Humans of New York 

In the summer of 2010, photographer Brandon Stanton began an ambitious project: to single-handedly create a photographic census of New York City. The photos he took and the accompanying interviews became the blog Humans of New York. His audience steadily grew from a few hundred followers to, at present count, over fifteen million. Ever since Brandon began interviewing people on the streets of New York, the dialogue he's had with them has increasingly become as in-depth, intriguing and moving as the photos themselves. Humans of New York: Stories presents a whole new group of people in stunning photographs, with a rich design and, most importantly, longer stories that delve deeper and surprise with greater candor. Let Brandon Stanton and the Humans of New York he's photographed astonish you all over again.

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Good Manners for Nice People Who Sometimes Say F*ck

Good Manners for Nice People Who Sometimes Say F*ck

by Amy Alkon
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

To lead us out of the miasma of modern mannerlessness, science-based and bitingly funny syndicated advice columnist Amy Alkon rips the doily off the manners genre and gives us a new set of rules for our twenty-first century lives.

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The Empathy Exams

The Empathy Exams

Essays

by Leslie Jamison
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

From personal loss to phantom diseases, The Empathy Exams is a bold and brilliant collection of essays. It is winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize and a Publishers Weekly top 10 essay collection for Spring 2014.

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The Trip to Echo Spring

The Trip to Echo Spring

On Writers and Drinking

by Olivia Laing
Publisher: Picador

In The Trip to Echo Spring, Olivia Laing examines the link between creativity and alcohol through the work and lives of six of America's finest writers: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, John Berryman, John Cheever, and Raymond Carver.

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The Sixth Extinction

The Sixth Extinction

An Unnatural History

by Elizabeth Kolbert
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

A major book about the future of the world, blending intellectual and natural history and field reporting into a powerful account of the mass extinction unfolding before our eyes.

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The Unwinding

The Unwinding

An Inner History of the New America

by George Packer
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

A riveting examination of a nation in crisis, from one of the finest political journalists of our generation.

  • 2013 National Book Award Winner
  • Globe & Mail Top 10 Books of 2013
  • New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books 2013
  • Publishers Weekly Best Nonfiction Books 2013

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Visit Sunny Chernobyl

Visit Sunny Chernobyl

And Other Adventures in the World's Most Polluted Places

by Andrew Blackwell
Publisher: Rodale

For most of us, travelling means visiting the most beautiful places on Earth-Paris, the Taj Mahal, the Grand Canyon. It's rare to book a plane ticket to visit the lifeless moonscape of Canada's oil sand strip mines, or to set sail for the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. But in Visit Sunny Chernobyl, Andrew Blackwell embraces a different kind of travel, taking a jaunt through the most gruesomely polluted places on Earth.

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The Guns at Last Light

The Guns at Last Light

The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945

by Rick Atkinson
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

The magnificent conclusion to Rick Atkinson's acclaimed Liberation Trilogy about the Allied triumph in Europe during World War II.

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The Year Without Summer

The Year Without Summer

1816 and the Volcano That Darkened the World and Changed History

by William K. Klingaman
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Like Winchester's Krakatoa, The Year Without Summer reveals a year of dramatic global change long forgotten by history.

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Poser

Poser

My Life in Twenty-three Yoga Poses

by Claire Dederer
Publisher: Picador

Poser is unlike any other book about yoga you will read-because it is actually a book about life. Witty and heartfelt, sharp and irreverent, is for anyone who has ever tried to stand on their head while keeping both feet on the ground.

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Her

Her

A Memoir

by Christa Parravani
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

A blazingly passionate memoir of identity and love: when a charismatic and troubled young woman dies tragically, her identical twin must struggle to survive.

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The Book of My Lives

The Book of My Lives

by Aleksandar Hemon
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Like Hemon’s fiction, The Book of My Lives defies convention and expectation. It is a love song to two different cities; it is a heartbreaking paean to the bonds of family; it is a stirring exhortation to go out and play soccer—and not for the exercise. It is a book driven by passion but built on fierce intelligence, devastating experience, and sharp insight. And like the best narratives, it is a book that will leave you a different reader—a different person, with a new way of looking at the world—when you’ve finished. For fans of Hemon’s fiction, The Book of My Lives is simply indispensable; for the uninitiated, it is the perfect introduction to one of the great writers of our time.

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The Hare with Amber Eyes

The Hare with Amber Eyes

A Hidden Inheritance

by Edmund de Waal
Publisher: Picador

An Economist Book of the Year

Costa Book Award Winner for Biography

Galaxy National Book Award Winner (New Writer of the Year Award)

Edmund de Waal is a world-famous ceramicist. Having spent thirty years making beautiful pots - which are then sold, collected, and handed on - he has a particular sense of the secret lives of objects. When he inherited a collection of 264 tiny Japanese wood and ivory carvings, called netsuke, he wanted to know who had touched and held them, and how the collection had managed to survive.

And so begins this extraordinarily moving memoir and detective story as de Waal discovers both the story of the netsuke and of his family, the Ephrussis, over five generations. A nineteenth-century banking dynasty in Paris and Vienna, the Ephrussis were as rich and respected as the Rothchilds. Yet by the end of the World War II, when the netsuke were hidden from the Nazis in Vienna, this collection of very small carvings was all that remained of their vast empire.

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