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Rachel Carson: Witness for Nature by Linda Lear

This fine biography of Rachel Carson should be on every environmentalist's book shelf. Biographer Lear's careful research and respectful prose elucidates Carson's professional and private life with a care I'm sure Carson would have appreciated. Recommended by Kelly. 

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$24.99
ISBN: 9780547238234
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Published: Mariner Books - April 1st, 2009

Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, published in 1962, did more than any other single publication to alert the world to the hazards of environmental poisoning and to inspire a powerful social movement that would alter the course of American history.


MY MOTHER WAS NUTS by Penny Marshall

Not only is Marshall a great director and physical comic, she’s written a hilarious memoir about a strange childhood in Brooklyn and happy but occasionally strained backstage relationships on the cast of LAVERNE & SHIRLEY. I laughed on every page. Recommended by Kelly.
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$26.00
ISBN: 9780547892627
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: New Harvest - September 18th, 2012

Most people know Penny Marshall as the director of Big and A League of Their Own. What they don't know is her trailblazing career was a happy accident. In this funny and intimate memoir, Penny takes us from the stage of The Jackie Gleason Show in 1955 to Hollywood's star-studded sets, offering up some hilarious detours along the way.


THE YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING by Joan Didion

This National Book Award-winner is one of the best depictions of grief I’ve ever read. Didion recounts the simultaneous death of her husband and critical illness of her daughter with razor-sharp beauty and honesty. Recommended by Kelly.
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$16.00
ISBN: 9781400078431
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Published: Vintage - February 13th, 2007

From one of America's iconic writers, a stunning book of electric honesty and passion. Joan Didion explores an intensely personal yet universal experience: a portrait of a marriage--and a life, in good times and bad--that will speak to anyone who has ever loved a husband or wife or child.


SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED by Anne Lamott with Sam Lamott

Celebrated author of OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS, Anne Lamott is a grandmother. Her nineteen-year-old son Sam, who it seems only yesterday she was tempted to put on the front porch until his colic passed, is now a father. This book is structured into several sections: classic hilarious rants from Anne and her "interviews" of and e-mails from Sam, a beleaguered full-time art student, trying to make a relationship work with his son Jax’s mother and being the best dad he can though he still feels like a child himself. Recommended by Kelly.
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$16.00
ISBN: 9781594486678
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Published: Riverhead Books - April 2nd, 2013

Look out for Anne's next book, Hallelujah Anyway, coming April 2017.
"If there is a doyenne of the parenting memoir, it would be Anne Lamott."--Time


WHEN WOMEN WERE BIRDS by Terry Tempest Williams

Now well-known for her break-out memoir about the death of her mother, REFUGE, Tempest Williams returns to the subject of her mother, Mormonism, women, and voice. In this new memoir she writes, "In Mormon culture, women are expected to do two things: keep a journal and bear children." When her mother died, she left Tempest Williams her journals to read. They were indeed where her mother said they would be, but every single one of them was blank. In the more than twenty years since her mother’s death, Tempest Williams has been contemplating her last message to her. This haunting memoir is the result. It’s a beautiful book. Recommended by Kelly.
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$16.00
ISBN: 9781250024114
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Published: Picador USA - February 26th, 2013


NATIONAL BESTSELLER
A Kansas City Star Best Book of the Year

"Brilliant, meditative, and full of surprises, wisdom, and wonder."--Ann Lamott, author of Imperfect Birds


BOSSYPANTS by Tina Fey

I “listened” to this book while traveling and had to stop the car every so often because I was laughing that hard. Fey tells her story in a humorous way and adds additional bits to it that had me rolling. The book itself is a fine read, but there is an additional joy in hearing Tina read it to you. This is one book I recommend “on tape”, but if you insist, the written book will still have you laughing. Recommended by Julie.
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$16.00
ISBN: 9780316056878
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Published: Reagan Arthur Books - January 3rd, 2012

Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV.

She has seen both these dreams come true.


THE STORY OF CHARLOTTE’S WEB by Michael Sims

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$16.00
ISBN: 9780802778161
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Published: Walker & Company - May 22nd, 2012

While composing what would become his most enduring and popular book, E. B. White obeyed that oft-repeated maxim: "Write what you know." Helpless pigs, silly geese, clever spiders, greedy rats-White knew all of these characters in the barns and stables where he spent his favorite hours as a child and adult.


DEWEY: THE SMALL-TOWN LIBRARY CAT WHO TOUCHED THE WORLD by Vicki Myron and Brett Witter

I was prepared not to like DEWEY: THE SMALL-TOWN LIBRARY CAT WHO TOUCHED THE WORLD.
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$16.00
ISBN: 9780446407427
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - October 7th, 2010

How much of an impact can an animal have? How many lives can one cat touch? How is it possible for an abandoned kitten to transform a small library, save a classic American town, and eventually become famous around the world? You can't even begin to answer those questions until you hear the charming story of Dewey Readmore Books, the beloved library cat of Spencer, Iowa.


GERTRUDE & ALICE by Diana Souhami

The recent re-release of Gertrude & Alice, which chronicles the of Gertrude Stein and Alice Toklas, is a fascinating romp through the lives of two of literature’s most famous eccentrics.
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$25.20
ISBN: 9781848851481
Availability: Special Order
Published: I. B. Tauris & Company - January 5th, 2010

Gertrude Stein and Alice Babette Toklas met on September 8, 1907, in Paris, and remained together from that day until Gertrude's death in 1946. They became a legendary couple, photographed by Stieglitz, Man Ray & Cecil Beaton, painted by Picasso, and written about in the works of Hemingway, Paul Bowles and Sylvia Beach.


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