Nan Macy

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.

Glad No Matter What: Transforming Loss and Change Into Gift and Opportunity Cover Image
By Sark
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ISBN: 9781577319351
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Published: New World Library - November 1st, 2010

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 Poets Laureate Anthology Cover Image
By Elizabeth Hun Schmidt (Editor), Elizabeth Hun Schmidt (Introduction by), Library of Congress (With)
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ISBN: 9780393061819
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 4th, 2010

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!

A Householder's Guide to the Universe: A Calendar of Basics for the Home and Beyond Cover Image
ISBN: 9780982569153
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Published: Tin House Books - November 1st, 2010

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.

Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef: A Love Story with 100 Tempting Recipes Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780470419717
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - September 3rd, 2010

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.

Four-Word Self-Help: Simple Wisdom for Complex Lives Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781599219806
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Published: Skirt! - September 1st, 2010

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!

Salmon in the Trees: Life in Alaska's Tongass Rain Forest [With CD (Audio)] Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781594850912
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Published: Mountaineers Books - March 1st, 2010

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.

Mr. M: The Exploring Dreamer Cover Image
By Kallie George (Text by (Art/Photo Books)), Soizick Meister (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781897476512
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Published: Simply Read Books - November 1st, 2010

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.

Wherever You Are: My Love Will Find You Cover Image
ISBN: 9780312549664
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - September 14th, 2010

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!

The Fishes & Dishes Cookbook: Seafood Recipes and Salty Stories from Alaska's Commercial Fisherwomen Cover Image
ISBN: 9781935347071
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Published: Epicenter Press (WA) - April 1st, 2010

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.

Prayers Like Shoes (Hedgebrook Writer's) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780972020589
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Published: Whit Press - April 15th, 2009

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.

Macro Photography for Gardeners and Nature Lovers: The Essential Guide to Digital Techniques Cover Image
ISBN: 9780881928907
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Published: Timber Press (OR) - October 22nd, 2008

The Urban Homestead: Your Guide to Self-sufficient Living in the Heart of the City Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781934170014
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Published: Process - June 1st, 2008

Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln's Mother & Other Botanical Atrocities Cover Image
By Briony Morrow-Cribbs (Illustrator), Amy Stewart, Jonathon Rosen (Drawings by)
ISBN: 9781565126831
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Published: Algonquin Books - May 1st, 2009

Old Path White Clouds: Walking in the Footsteps of the Buddha Cover Image
By Thich Nhat Hanh, Nguyen Thi Hop (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780938077268
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Published: Parallax Press - April 30th, 1987

Flight of the Hummingbird: A Parable for the Environment Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781553653721
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Published: Greystone Books - March 1st, 2008

Finding Beauty in a Broken World Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780375420788
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Published: Pantheon - October 7th, 2008

The World We Have: A Buddhist Approach to Peace and Ecology Cover Image
By Thich Nhat Hanh, Alan Weisman (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9781888375886
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Published: Parallax Press - August 9th, 2004

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385342308
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Published: Delacorte Press - April 28th, 2009

Two Bobbies: A True Story of Hurricane Katrina, Friendship, and Survival Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802797544
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Published: Walker & Company - August 5th, 2008

Astrid and Veronika Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143038078
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Published: Penguin Books - February 1st, 2007

Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation Cover Image
ISBN: 9780787947354
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Published: Jossey-Bass - September 24th, 1999

Transitions: Making Sense of Life's Changes Cover Image
ISBN: 9780738209043
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Published: Da Capo Lifelong Books - August 1st, 2004

Sonata for Miriam Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143114703
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Published: Penguin Books - March 1st, 2009

Steinbeck's Ghost Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780312373283
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - September 2nd, 2008