A clear true voice we all need all need to hear. Recommended by Alena
"Writings ..." is a blueprint for fulfilling the American Dream. A candid assesment of the tough, often disregarded issues we face as Americans. Especially loved the chapter "A View from the Front Yard." A book for all ages, genders and ethnicities. Recommended by Terry
Everything about this book is lovely, charming and sentimental. Learn some new words, enjoy the illustrations, and savor some familiar feelings. Pairs will with a cup of tea on a brumous day.
Great gift for yourself or a friend. A simple, profound way to center yourself each day. For me, it's been uncanny how the choosen card reflects and aids whatever is working me that day. Recommended by Alena
Our oldest trees photographed with the night sky. Awe-inspiring beauty to take home with you. Recommended by alena
Amazing!!! Here's a forester from Germany whose love of nature from when he was six years old is reignited by what he experiences with trees -- how they communicate through their roots, scream at ultrasonic levels, feel pain, live as family groups, care for their elders and youngsters. Groundbreaking! Imagine a "managed" forest where machines are banned. It exists! Let's spread the word. Anyone who loves trees will love this book. Recommended by Alena & Christie
If you like plants, people, or science, this is for you! It's a lyrical memoir of life in and out of the lab that starts strong and just gets stronger. I loved it! Recommended by Christie
FDR was an unsung hero of the environment who believed saving grasslands and swamps as breeding habitat for wildlife was as important as creating national parks. His love of conserving natural resources and creating employment during the Depression lead to the Civilian Conservation Corps and work for 3 million men over 9 years. Recommended by Katy
Learn how to clutter mindfully. Science shows that messy people are more creative as well as smarter and more attractive. BUY THIS BOOK AND LEAVE IT ANYWHERE YOU WANT! Recommended by Sally
Forget the kids and the hubby -- come boogie with the wild moms and have a wonderfully wild time. Recommended by Jeanette
Inspiring and infuriating, struggles between social class and aspirations of India's youth and parents. Incredibly informative. Recommended by Rachel
I'm afraid I've become addicted to Mary Norris. In fact, I'm currently in withdrawal after inhaling (snorting?) her ridiculously entertaining punctuation advice. You've been warned. Recommended by Christie
How do you design a lighthouse? Where do you put it? What's the most expensive lighthouse ever built in the USA? This book is the best history I've ever read on America's lighthouses -- a chronicle of our "National Treasures", our lighthouses. Recommended by Katy
This little book is full of big ideas that embody everything I love about philosophy: the power to get you thinking in a way you never have before, sparks that sting and stick with you, and contrarian ideas that force you to rethink everything you know.
Recommended by Sichelle
Have you ever had one of those days where just everything went wrong? Do you know someone who could use some cheering up? Well, Lobster Is the Best Medicine! Really, this charming little gem is the perfect antidote to a bad day. It's like a big hug with guaranteed smiles throughout -- delivering comfort whenever it's needed. Recommended by Jane
When you are ready to dive in and finally do some intense healing, this is the book for you. After laying out the scientific evidence, Wolynn gently walks you, step-by-step, through his path of revealing then healing your inheritied family trauma. Trauma comes in all shapes and sizes. Don't let the word "trauma" stop you from readin this book. Who knows what will be revealed and healed when you do! I LOVED this book!!! Recommended by Alena
Do yourself a favor and experience this heartrending account of what it truly means to grow up Black in this country. I can think of no more important book for every American to read. Recommended by Jeanette
Celebrate the 30th anniversary of Writing Down the Bones with the newest book by Natalie Goldberg. I loved it! Is it a writing book? A Zen book? Memoir? Essays? Inspirational? Yes Yes!! And Yes Yes Yes!!! Recommended by Alena
Jenny Lawson is the funniest person alive, and she also has serious insight into life, love, and mental illness. Warning: Gut-busting profanity ahead. Recommended by Christie NOTE! This book's not released until Sept. 22nd. Pre-order now to get a signed copy!
CALLING ALL MILLENNIALS. Get some hardcore, straight up, inspiration to get up off your online shopping a** and making (not spending) money! :) Recommended by Roxy
This book is for everybody. We all need this book. A delight of wisdom -- for those life transitions, those hard times that leave us knocked down by life and our own expectations. It left me smiling once more and ready to get up and get moving into life again. Beautifully presented. Enjoy! Recommended by Alena
Required reading for every memoirist.*
*and everyone even thinking about writing a memoir OR who likes reading memoir. Recommended by Alena
Make bedtime magical! A great gift for new parents. Recommended by Sally
Don't worry! Open this book and laugh your a** off.
Recommended by Emily & Alena
Eight islands with unrivaled biodiversity sit just in view on the western horizon of Southern California. Adventure tourism has replaced agriculture and livestock and today the islands are a national park. After looking wistfully at them for decades, I'm going to visit and camp next year fulfilling a lifelong dream. Recommended by Katy
See the Lion-ness
in your beloved cat.
Recommended by Alena
Dan Harris shares his harrowing journey as he navigates the competitive world of broadcast news, battles PTSD and calms his nattering monkey brain. He also provides a simple meditation exercise that even I can do. I felt calmer just reading this book. Recommended by Jane
My mother-heart sings in the same key as this beautiful book. Fierce, loving mothers and daughters and mothers-to-be will all find joy and truth here! I gave this book to my daughters -- to celebrate us! Recommended by Alena
I go to Burning Man every year and baked 5 different bars to take with me this year. REcipes are gluten free and high protein with vegan alternatives. Want to know how to make Luna Bars? This book will show you. Recommended by Katy.
You know how it is to be stuck in the kitchen at your own party? This is an easy, excellent cookbook to help you out (literally!) Recommended by Sally
Mary Oliver has done it yet again. With trees, birds, rocks, sky and the everydayness of us, she still surporises me alive. Recommended by Alena
Hilarious and informative discussion of questions most of us would never think (or want) to ask. No subject is too outrageous to be given serious consideration, not even non-scientific ones like "Soul Mates", "Speed Bumps" or "The Loneliest Human". Reading is believing (and laughing out loud). Recommended by Emily & Terry
It's about keeping only what sparks your joy! Discard first -- by category, then organize. This quirky little book is: Riveting, Surprising, Funny, Dare I say -- A Pageturner! And it works -- I have already unloaded bags and bags of clothes, books, paper ... and I'm still going with a smile. Tidying IS contagious! Recommended by Alena
First, the seemingly irreverent title snagged my curiosity, then the author quickly reeled me in with her anecdotes about working in a crematorium. THIS IS NOT A MORBID BOOK. Intermixed with the droll humor is a love of life that will make you reconsider how our culture treats the dead. Recommended by Jeanette
Interested in doing National Novel Writing Month? This book will get you through it! It helped me write over 60,000 words last November. Recommended by Alena
A. B. Hammond, an unrivaled timber baron with activities centered in Humboldt County, converted public domain forests into private wealth. Building an empire on trees, from forest to finished lumber, his biography could be read as environmental, labor, and business history. Also a revealing look at the timber industries that founded Mendocino. Recommended by Katy
A joy to read. The writing book for this year. Part guide. Part memoir. "This book will help you discover or rediscover the qualities necessary for a creative life." Trust this excellent storyteller, Teacher and Companion. Recommended by Alena
I love these questions! And I love these answers, and the ones you can add while reading this godsend of a book. (Meant for kids -- also enjoyed by adults) Recommended by Alena
Stories of humans and animals, life and death, and beauty. With 11 Barry Moser illustrations adding to the reading experience it's a "keeper". I wish I could write like this. I can't ... so I'll enjoy Lopez's storytelling. Recommended by Katy
In the mid 20th century there were women who were called Dress Doctors. On radio shows, visiting women's clubs and in magazines they taught harmony proportion and balance while sewing clothes at home. Knowledge, not money, was the key to timeless fashion on a budget. Generations of women, myself included, grew up taking Home Economics and learning about color fabric and style as we sewed some of our own clothes. A fascinating look at America's fashion history (and it's decline...) Recommended by Katy
Forget your fear that a book about people in a slum will be too depressing. Although non-fiction, this reads like the best ficktion -- with complex characters who will thoroughly engage you. Recommended by Jeanette
I dare you! Open to any page in this book and fall in love with a poem. Billy Collins is fantastic as always. Funny and Brillian. He has an amazing capacity to turn the everyday into the unexpected. Be surprised! Recommended by Alena
Fantastical picture book for grown-ups and kids alike! This book is a visual feast of words, allowing the reader to taste language with their eyes, the way skittles lets you taste the rainbow. Recommended Sichelle
Nora's sister wrote this beautifully written (and hilariously funny) memoir about her sister (and her death), love, life, and everything else. Recommended by Sally
Written like a baby book in the reverse. Evans writes explaining to her child, all the many hilarious reasons why "mommy drinks" and lists the cooresponding cocktail recipes on the following page. It is laugh out loud funny, and any mother can relate! Evans covers everything from MF (mommy fear) to teething, to travel and beyond. Recommended by Sichelle
50 or older? Get a needed boost in perspective from this book loaded with insight, theories, research and personal stories. It's helping me! Recommended by Alena
With a foreword by Jesus Christ, offensive language and not-so-pc cocktail recipes, this book isn't for everyone. But we're not everyone, and we think this book is effing funny! P.S. Try the recipe on page 99. Recommended by Sichelle & Emily
Knocking on Heaven's Door by Katy Butler is the most important book you'll read about end-of-life medical care. We can't think of a single person who wouldn't benefit from reading this book! It's not just about dying, it's about life. Readable. Well-Researched. Thought Provoking. Mind-Opening. Honest. Hard to Put Down. Give it to your loved ones. Recommended by Sally & Alena
As the proud owner of a 2 year old German Shepherd, I feel it is my duty to fave this book. I mean, "I could pee on this" is a NYT Bestseller! Let's give Man's Best Friend a leg up (no pun intended) and get their side of the story. Throw a dog a bone! Buy this book! Recommended by Sichelle
Just turn to page 8 and read the paragraph you find there. Recommended by Christie
Numbers. Size. Light. Sound. Heat and Time. Stretching these 6 subjects from the range of human perception to the infinitesimally small to the infinitely large, Blatner's witty style helps us understand our world and our position in it. So informative, a real eye-opener. Recommended by Terry
This should be required reading for anyone ages 18 - 30. Hilarious and informative. Recommended by Emily
A young Victorian explorer goes on a quest to discover a then mythical beast ... the gorilla. He encounters swamps, snakes, cannibals and ritual sacrifices; and brings back stories and evidence of Gorillas that rocked Darwin's world. Recommended by Sichelle
OMG. Is this book laugh-out-loud funny! I had to stop reading it in bed at night because it kept me and everyone else up with my bursting guffaws. Recommended by Alena
Natalie Goldberg has done it again! Thank you Natalie. I feel connected with my writing again, with myself and the world. I feel connected with practice in a new and renewed way. A joy to read that includes the dark recesses too. Enjoy this book again and again. Recommended by Alena.
This is a fascinating comparison of traditional societies and modern / industrialized societies, based on decades of the author's experiences in the Pacific Islands. It includes personal anecdotes that add interest without romanticizing the societies of yesterday. Lots of food for thought! Recommended by Joan
I promise you will find this book inspiring, entertaining, enlightening and funny. This gem is a "keeper" to be re-read often! Recommended by Sally
Shaun Tan, popular illustrator of unique children's books (The Arrival & Tales of Outer Suburbia) shares his inspiring sketch book of unfinished drawings. Recommended by Sally
Botanists, bartenders and booze enthusiasts alike, will love this book. With engaging writing and delectable recipes, Amy Stewart takes readers on a fascinating (albiet) drunken ride through the history of booze and the botanical wonders of their origin. You'll need a DD for this one! Recommended by Sichelle.
A beautiful book from a beautiful writer. When Terry Tempest William's mother died, she left her daughter a bookcase full of journals she had kept. They were all, surprisingly, blank. Empty. Here are 54 ruminations inspired by that mystery. Recommended by Alena.
I'm really glad I own this book. What a great resource -- it's validating, helpful, and wonderfully researched. It's great to know, as an introvert, I am not alone! I am not crazy! I am not anti-social! Cain provides insights and resources for being all you are -- out in the world, and in your own inner world. Recommended by Alena
"Women who get sorrow, women who get jokes." Meet Becky -- kicked out of her widows support group for being young. So she starts her own UPBEAT (?!) widows group. These women:
-Go through shattering times and come out whole
- Find that the only cure for sadness is happiness
- Let go and head where they need to be next
Remarkably readable and enjoyable! Recommended by Alena.
Diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, but armed with his Journal of Best Practices, David is determined to become the husband he was meant to be. A laugh-out-load "primer for all of us on how to be better partners." Recommended by Terry.
Richard Russo -- who gave us Empire Falls, Bridge of Sighs, Nobody's Fool, all of which I have loved. This memoir opens to us many real people on which he based his fictional characters. Well written, of course, and as interesting as his novels. Recommended by Thelma
What an amazing story! 15 years old, with no blood claim to the throne, Catherine becomes the Grand Duchess of Russia, ruling Russia for over 30 years. An inspiring true-life fairy tale. Recommended by Sally
Smuggling butterflies for collectors is a $200 million business. Meet the most notorious smuggler and the U. S. Fish and Game agents who track him. Spert is a mystery writer who transfers her skills expertyly to a non-fiction thriller. Recommended by Katy
A beautiful, gritty and mystical memoir by my favorite Native American poet. I first encountered Harjo decades ago in Sisters of the Earth on anthology of women writing about nature. Her connection to earthy spirit remains. Framed by the four directions, this book reads like a passionate sacred prayer of gratitued, remembrance and reckoning. Recommended by Alena.
Collins writes with her skillful humor abut the politics of Texas with its "Alamo" mentality that now seems to influence the rest of the nation from schools and textbooks to oil and finance. A wonderful -- if startling -- read!. Recommended by Joan
Rockhounds! Plan a road trip! Discover geologic oddities all over the U. S. A. Be amazed!. Recommended by Katy
From a fabulous presenter at the Mendocino Coast Writers Conference, a refreshing, informative book. Humorous and loaded with ways to get into your writing. After the first few pages I was already scribbling down stories. Recommended by Alena
The straight scoop on one of the most famous, elusive and complex men in films. I could not put it down! Recommended by Sally
Long live the defining ingredient of the newest wave of feminism: Humor! Caitlin Moran is side-splittingly funny and not afraid of the f-word -- either f-word that is. Be enlightened while you laugh so hard you pee your pants. Intelligent, Feminist and Funny. Perfect for Tiny Fey and Jenny Lawson fans. Recommended by Alena
Sometimes you read a book and you just simply love it. This is one of those books. I underlined, circled, starred, and dog-eared abundantly. Recommended by Alena
Take home this book and you take home a writing companion for a year. Someone to help you get going and keep gpoing on your writing. ENJOY & WRITE. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Recommended by Alena
Animal-Lovers, Nature-Lovers, and Word-Lovers, too! Get ready to fall in love with the chicken. The chicken? Yes. The chicken. Our beloved Alice Walker shares her day-to-day, intimate relations with her beautiful brood. She writes to them as family, from at home and away. Insightful aboutl all our relations - animal, vegetable and mineral. Truly Enjoyable. A Gem. Recommended by Alena
Foer begins by seeking "The Smartest Man in the World" and ends up embarking on an amazing adventure. Moonwalking with Einstein is a fascinating look at memory and the brain with an engaging cast of characters. You will want to share this book with your friends! Recommended by Jane
A beautiful book. For the artist and the poet. For the spirit and the soul. For anyone in mourning. As Hyla said to me, "May these pages bring you joy -- fresh insights and perhaps a new appreciation of this prayer." Recommended by Alena