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The Homing Instinct: Meaning and Mystery in Animal Migration by Bernd Heinrich

Nature-writer Bernd Heinrich has a new book out, a cause for celebration! THE HOMING
INSTINCT reveals not only the often arduous and mysterious natural history of migration of other species, but, in it, Heinrich draws moving parallels between their visceral pull toward home and ours.

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ISBN: 9780547198484
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - April 8th, 2014

Acclaimed scientist and author Bernd Heinrich has returned every year since boyhood to a beloved patch of western Maine woods. What is the biology in humans of this deep-in-the-bones pull toward a particular place, and how is it related to animal homing?


Girls Standing on Lawns

Hilarious and gifted illustrator Maira Kalman has teamed up with Daniel Handler of MoMA to create this unique coffee table book GIRLS STANDING ON LAWNS. Filled with beautiful vintage photographs from the museum and Kalman illustrations inspired by the photographs.

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By Maira Kalman (Illustrator), Daniel Handler, Sarah Hermanson Meister (Afterword by)
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ISBN: 9780870709081
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Published: Museum of Modern Art - May 6th, 2014

Girls Standing on Lawns is a unique collaboration between renowned artist and bestselling children's book author Maira Kalman and New York Times bestselling writer Daniel Handler, better known as Lemony Snicket.


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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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.


Dirt Work

This is a terrific memoir about a small, hesitant woman who, once she learns her "tools," becomes one of the toughest workers on the trail building crew in Glacier National Park, Montana. With the soul of a poet, Byl writes with an ease and beauty you'll quickly warm to. Recommended by Kelly.

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ISBN: 9780807033272
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Published: Beacon Press (MA) - March 11th, 2014

A lively and lyrical account of one woman's unlikely apprenticeship on a national-park trail crew and what she discovers about nature, gender, and the value of hard work


The End of Men: And the Rise of Women

In the last 40 years, we have witnessed what could be called a seismic shift in the roles of men and women. The cultural tremors continue to affect every area of society: domestic life, education, business, and child-rearing. But some things haven't changed: the adaptability of women now serves them very well. However, men will need to meet the challenge of reinventing themselves.

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ISBN: 9781594631832
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 3rd, 2013

Essential reading for our times, as women are pulling together to demand their rights-- A landmark portrait of women, men, and power in a transformed world.

"Anchored by data and aromatized by anecdotes, Rosin] concludes that women are gaining the upper hand." -The Washington Post


Bluebird

Lawrence resident, Lindsey Yankey, has just published a beautiful new children's book called BLUEBIRD. The wind is missing! Little Bluebird has never flown without her friend the wind before and is afraid to try. So she sets off on an adventure to find it. Is it making wishes with the dandelions? Playing with the kites? Tickling the grass? Dancing with the balloons? She searches everywhere.

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ISBN: 9781927018330
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Published: Simply Read Books - January 26th, 2014

The wind is missing Little Bluebird has never flown without her friend the wind before and is afraid to try. So she sets off on an adventure to find it.
Is it making wishes with the dandelions? Playing with the kites? Tickling the grass? Dancing with the balloons? She searches everywhere. In the end, she finds more than her favorite friend--she finds confidence too.


Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting

A perfect gift for the knitter in your life, this book contains poignant, powerful essays about the influence knitting has had on the lives of 27 writers, including Andrew Dubus, III, Barbara Kingsolver, and Elizabeth Berg. Recommended by Kelly.

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By Ann Hood (Editor)
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ISBN: 9780393239492
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - November 11th, 2013

"The impressive collection of writers here have contributed essays that celebrate knitting and knitters. They share their knitting triumphs and disasters as well as their life triumphs and disasters. . . . These essays will break your heart. They will have you laughing out loud."--Ann Hood, from the introduction

Why does knitting occupy a place in the hearts of so many writers?


Downton Tabby

For the over-educated, PBS-addicted, cat-loving, anglophile in your life, you must have a copy of Downton Tabby: A Parody. Lots of nauseating puns and catlike depictions of the Dowager (Vibrissa Clowder, The Dowager Catness of Grimalkin) Moseby (Useless Molesley), etc. It will supply spates of chuckles on Christmas Day and beyond. Recommended by Kelly

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ISBN: 9781476765938
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Published: Simon & Schuster - December 3rd, 2013

A parody of the worldwide television phenomenon Downton Abbey, with cats.

Welcome to Downton Tabby


A Charlie Brown Christmas: The Making of a Tradition

Perfect for the Peanutsophile in your life! This delightful book is full of photos--original storyboards, marked scores, recording sessions, headshots of the creators--in addition to the extensive biographies and the entire play with illustrations. This one is a keeper. Recommended by Kelly.

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Published: It Books - October 22nd, 2013

Charles M. Schulz's A Charlie Brown Christmas: The Making of a Tradition is a lushly illustrated tribute to the beloved television classic that takes readers behind-the-scenes of the Peanuts holiday special that has aired each year since December 1965.


Throw the Damn Ball

Following on the heels of the popular book of cat poetry, I Could Pee on This, Throw the Damn Ball includes equally pithy verse for the dog-lover in your life. Recommended by Kelly.

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ISBN: 9780142180853
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Published: Plume Books - October 29th, 2013

A hilarious collection of poetry by dogs- perfect for lovers of literature and pups alike
Dogs seldom make passes
At dogs passing gasses.
Are these the words of Dorothy Parker? Ogden Nash?


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