Kelly’s Reviews

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.


LOSING OUR COOL: UNCOMFORTABLE TRUTHS ABOUT OUR AIR-CONDITIONED WORLD (AND FINDING WAYS TO GET THROUGH THE SUMMER) by Stan Cox

This history of air-conditioning is the perfect apocalyptic summer read. Written by a researcher with Salina, Kansas’s Land Institute, the book reflects on need vs. want and how, in such a short time, humans--a tropical species afterall--reversed the two. When the book was reviewed in The Washington Post, Cox received death threats. Don’t mess with people’s A/C. Recommended by Kelly.
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$17.95
ISBN: 9781595587756
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Published: New Press - June 5th, 2012

One of the Mother Nature Network's ten "must-read environmental books" of the year, Losing Our Cool is the first book to examine how indoor climate control is helping send our outdoor climate reeling out of control.


GIFTS OF THE CROW: HOW PERCEPTION, EMOTION, AND THOUGHT ALLOW SMART BIRDS TO BEHAVE LIKE HUMANS by John Marzluff and Tony Angell

The subtitle pretty much says it all. If, like many, you’re intrigued by recent information about the intelligence of crows and other members of the corvid family, this book will delight. I particularly enjoyed the passage about how crows have been known to leave "gifts" for those that feed them. The science here is easily digested by a lay audience. Recommended by Kelly.
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ISBN: 9781439198742
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Published: Atria Books - February 5th, 2013

Stan Coren's groundbreaking The Intelligence of Dogs meets Bernd Heinrich's classic Mind of the Raven in this astonishing, beautifully illustrated look at the uncanny intelligence and emotions of crows.


ONE SQUARE INCH OF SILENCE by Gordon Hempton

ONE SQUARE INCH OF SILENCE: ONE MAN’S QUEST TO PRESERVE QUIET cites "acoustic ecologist" and author Gordon Hempton’s trek across the country to find the quietest spots, to prove to himself and to others that silence is an endangered species of sorts and one that is essential to the health of every living thing. Readers learn not only how rare silence actually is but also the science of acoustics as well. It reads beautifully well as both travelogue and soft science. (Paperback, $17.00) Recommended by Kelly.
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ISBN: 9781416559108
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Published: Atria Books - March 2nd, 2010

In the visionary tradition of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, One Square Inch of Silence alerts us to beauty that we take for granted and sounds an urgent environmental alarm.


MORE by I.C. Springman

This is a perfect book for the kid who wants everything. Let him or her learn the lesson of the greedy magpie who wants more than his nest and heart can hold. Recommended by Kelly
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By I. C. Springman, Brian Lies (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780547610832
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - March 6th, 2012

One magpie,
lots of stuff,
and a few friendly mice
show us that less is
more.
This innovative and spare picture book asks the question: When is MORE more than
enough? Can a team of well-intentioned mice save their friend from hoarding too
much stuff?


CITY DOG, COUNTRY FROG written by Mo Willems and illustrated by Jon Muth

This beautifully written and illustrated book will help young readers through changes in life--both sad endings and exciting new beginnings.
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By Mo Willems, Jon J. Muth (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781423103004
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - June 8th, 2010


In spring, when City Dog runs free in the country for the first time, he spots Country Frog sitting on a rock, waiting for a friend. "You'll do," Frog says, and together they play Country Frog games. In summer, they meet again and play City Dog games. Through the seasons, whenever City Dog visits the country he runs straight for Country Frog's rock.


RE-CLAIMING THE BIBLE FOR A NON-RELIGIOUS WORLD by John Shelby Spong

This is a lucid, refreshing, and surprisingly savory retelling of the stories from the Judeo-Christian scriptures from one of America’s strongest voices for reclaiming the Bible from those who have used it to imprison, enslave, and abuse. Though he condemns a simplistic, literal reading, Spong helps readers recover the Bible’s depth, beauty, and guidance as a sacred book. Recommended by Kelly.
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ISBN: 9780062011282
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Published: HarperOne - November 8th, 2011

In Re-Claiming the Bible for a Non-Religious World, bishop and social activist John Shelby Spong argues that 200 years of biblical scholarship has been withheld from lay Christians.


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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ISBN: 9781594486678
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Published: Riverhead Books - April 2nd, 2013

From the New York Times bestselling author of Bird by Bird, Hallelujah Anyway, and Almost Everything

"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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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


THE ODDS: A LOVE STORY by Stuart O’Nan

The latest novel from Stuart O’Nan is yet another deeply satisfying examination of a strained relationship. Protagonists Art and Marion schedule a second honeymoon on their 30th anniversary, which may very well be their last weekend together. They’re gambling their life-savings and their marriage on this opportunity on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls. Extreme discomfort and poignancy abound. Recommended by Kelly.
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ISBN: 9780143122272
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Published: Penguin Books - September 25th, 2012

In the new novel from the author of Last Night at the Lobster, a middle-age couple goes all in for love at a Niagara Falls casino

Lokk out for City of Secrets coming from Viking on April 26, 2016


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