Born under a chocolate moon with ice cream rising, Nan enjoys creative and active adventures, and sitting absolutely still. Her eclectic reading list includes books on writing craft, gardening, cooking, plus memoir, select poetry, all things Winnie-the-pooh, and feel-good stories with happy endings. Beautiful, carefully made books bring a special thrill.
True to form, with wit and whimsy, wisdom and witnessing, SARK is back, this time with a focus on journeying through grief and loss. Her practice of “practical gladness” is just one of the many transformative take-aways that make this color-filled, wonder-full book a terrific resource and a buoying read.
The first of its kind, this beautiful volume showcases selected poems from all of the U.S. Poets Laureate since the post was created in 1937. Vivid introductions provide literary and historical context for the poets and their work, while the poems themselves are classics (with a few surprises thrown in). This is THE gift for the poetry lover on your list!
Presented in monthly installments and organized seasonally, this is a great year-round guide to progressive homemaking, urban farming, and thriving in the new millennium. Fasenfest's bold and savvy style entertains and engages, as she offers practical how-to's of householding along with insight on how the practice of same might just save the world.
As fans of their popular blog know, Gluten-Free Girl and Chef are great storytellers and amazing cooks. Their highly readable book presents 100 chef-tested recipes, appealing photos, and an invitation to slow down, create delicious food, and share it with those you love. Not just for folks on a gluten-free diet, the book offers terrific inspiration for eaters of all persuasions.
Featuring cool art and pithy advice, this pocket-sized companion cuts through to life’s underlying simplicity…without being simplistic. With nuggets of wisdom on topics like wellness and stress, activism and generosity, this book goes beyond typical self-help titles. It’ll make you smile. It’ll make you think. It’ll remind you what’s important. Great gift!
Through photos, essays, and a field audio CD (including bears, whales, and eagles!), this gorgeous book showcases the stunning beauty of one of the world's rarest ecosystems. Listen to the chorus of sea, land, and air as you lose yourself in Amy Gulick's striking photography and peruse essays from Carl Safina, Ray Troll, and other notables. With the Alaska Ferry leaving from Fairhaven, real-life access to this natural gem starts at our back door. Begin your journey now with this unique volume.
Haunting, spare, yet somehow whimsical, this slim volume evokes curiosity as we journey with Mr. M through layered coastal landscapes that sometimes surprise. Concise playful verse by Kallie George complement the art. In the end, despite the darkness of place, French-born, Vancouver-transplanted artist Soizick Meister reminds us that happy endings are possible.
From the creator of the heart-warming classic, On The Night You Were Born, comes a vivid, magical reminder that love transcends and endures…no matter the distance or experience. Perfect for all ages with its creative verse and whimsical illustrations, this treasure is sure to become a classic too. A wonderful gift!
Let me start by saying that this is more--much more--than a cookbook. Yes, it's filled with recipes--delicious, creative, and inspired ones to be sure--and this alone would be enough. They're that good. It's also a beautiful book that feels good in one's hands, pleases one's eyes. Full of pictures, stories, art work, and lore of the commcerical fishing life from the perspective of women working in the cold, often dangerous waters off Alaska, this cookbook is both a primer and a gift, helping readers and cooks alike trace the connection from sea to table, all the while celebrating a way of life that is both challenging and liberating. One customer told me that the day she bought it, she read it straight through "like a novel." I choose to keep it on my table where I dip in and live vicariously through the words, images, and recipes of these hearty women, including one who lives right here in Whatcom County. Treat yourself. Dip in or dive in. You'll be glad you did.
I had the electrifying pleasure of hearing Ruth Forman and two other amazing poets--Uchechi Kalu & Suheir Hammad--read at Seattle's Town Hall this summer, and all I can say is "wow!" Think--poetry reading meets the energy of a rock concert. This is one beautiful book to hold, to see, and to feel. Magical and powerful, insight-filled and sometimes sassy, and always, always real. Ruth has been featured on NPR reading the title poem. She taught in June Jordan's Poetry for the People program at Berkeley. And her words will absolutely move you. Guaranteed.