Danielle

Danielle cartoon imageMeet Danielle, one of our new booksellers. Below are some of her favorite books.

 

 

 

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Fire Weather: A True Story from a Hotter World By John Vaillant Cover Image
$32.50
ISBN: 9781524732851
Availability: Available - On our shelves now
Published: Knopf - June 6th, 2023

This true story about the most urgent issue of our time will change how you think about fire. Masterful writing, astounding research, and an absolutely riveting narrative. Vaillant deserves for this work a major prize.


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The Crossing: Border Trilogy (2) (Vintage International) By Cormac McCarthy Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780679760849
Availability: Available to order - Usually arrives at our store in 1-5 days
Published: Vintage - March 14th, 1995

Violent, gritty, achingly beautiful and cinematic. One of my all-time book recs. In the late 1930s, two brothers set out across the Texas-Mexico border with a captive she-wolf that has been marauding their ranch. What follows is a mythic, brutal tale of animals, landscape, and history. McCarthy's brilliant language and inventive style will transport you and bring you to your knees.


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Today I Wrote Nothing: The Selected Writings of Daniil Kharms By Daniel Kharms Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781590200421
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Published: The Overlook Press - June 30th, 2009

Wonderfully weird and at times grotesque, these are highly absurd Anti-Stalinist stories and poems. Kharms starved to death in a Soviet psych ward during the siege of Leningrad, but left us these playful, imaginative prisms artfully wrought to reflect the brutality of the era. "The Old Woman" is a standout in this acutely translated collection of art as resistance.


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Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life (Pulitzer Prize Winner) By William Finnegan Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9780143109396
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Published: Penguin Books - April 26th, 2016

Read this for the sublime descriptions of waves and for Finnegan's deft prose. If you are at all water-obsessed, you will be swept away. In Finnegan's hands surfing is rendered both spellbinding and brutal, which is to say, real. The author-narrator portrays himself as imperfectly human too; he blunders through youthful relationships with only a passing interest in much beyond the wave. From a former war correspondent and current writer at The New Yorker, this is a stirring tale of life in pursuit of obsession. 


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Need a House? Call Ms. Mouse! By George Mendoza, Doris Susan Smith (Illustrator) Cover Image
By George Mendoza, Doris Susan Smith (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781681377360
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Published: NYR Children's Collection - June 13th, 2023

All the animals -- from trout to owl -- want a house designed by Ms. Henrietta Mouse, a renowned architect who is "always creating for others." First published in 1981, this charming story and its ingenious illustrations will inspire poets, architects, artists, designers, and dreamers young and old. A special classic, now back in print. You too will want a house by Ms. Mouse!


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The Turning: Stories By Tim Winton Cover Image
$20.99
ISBN: 9780743279796
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Published: Scribner - October 10th, 2006

Frankly astonishing. My own worn copy of The Turning has travelled the world with me for two decades. Winton's gritty, coastal Australia is alive with gorgeous, broken, unforgettable working-class characters and immaculately realized places. A testament to the power and reach of the short story -- why we read them and want to write them. One of my all-time short story collections.


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Glass, Irony and God By Anne Carson Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780811213028
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Published: New Directions - November 17th, 1995

Published in 1992, this forerunner of what we've come to think of as lyric essay / hybrid poetry / literary montage still feels edgy. Within, "The Glass Essay" is a standout -- a sharp, complex study of a breakup that examines not only patriarchy but matrilineal inheritance too. Electric. One to read, keep and return to.


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The Death and Life of the Great Lakes By Dan Egan Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780393355550
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 10th, 2018

Superbly readable. As a reporter, Egan covered the Great Lakes for twenty years. His award-winning story of the lakes is impeccably researched, bolstered by science, and told with love and personal connection. A Lake Huron native myself, I felt moved, enraged, and warily hopeful by the end. For so many of us, the lakes are lifeblood. That we must do everything we can to protect them has never been more urgent nor more clear. 


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Site of Disappearance By Erin Malone Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781942723165
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Published: Ornithopter Press - June 20th, 2023

"Everything I'm afraid of, / I'm about to name," cautions the haunted speaker of this, Washington poet Erin's Malone's sophomore collection. Here, buried childhood memories of a brother's death and a small-town murder return just as the speaker becomes a mother to her own son. Malone's use of whitespace and mark-making is exquisite. Her lines are ghostly oscillations that brush the page before lifting off again. This gripping, sensitive work will stay with you.


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Luigi, the Spider Who Wanted to Be a Kitten By Michelle Knudsen, Kevin Hawkes (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Michelle Knudsen, Kevin Hawkes (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781536219111
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Published: Candlewick - March 5th, 2024

Fans of Lucas the Spider will adore Luigi, whose cuteness may even soothe arachnophobes. When Luigi finds himself in the company of a kindly lady who mistakes him for the kitten she's always wanted, he decides to play along. After all, kittens get to cuddle up on the sofa, play with fun toys, and above all, make people happy. But how long can Luigi to pretend to be someone he is not? And what will happen when his new friends find out he is not a kitten at all? A heartwarming, whimsical, charmingly illustrated story about being just who you are.


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I Am Quiet: A Story for the Introvert in All of Us By Andie Powers, Betsy Petersen (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Andie Powers, Betsy Petersen (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781611809848
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Published: Bala Kids - April 12th, 2022

"Through sun or rain or snow...I listen to the sounds around me," says Emile, the quiet star of this book. Even if adults don't seem to understand, Emile knows that he is neither fearful nor shy, but quiet. He revels in the mysteries of the world around him, and his attention feeds a lively imagination. Children, and their parents, will find the merits of a gentle nature celebrated and validated in this sweet book by a local author.


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The Gulag Archipelago: The Authorized Abridgement By Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780061253805
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - August 7th, 2007

Although published three decades ago, and despite the author's purported late-life endorsement of Putin, the value of this challenging work cannot be ignored. First appearing as hand-typed, clandestine copies (samizdat), these stories -- drawn from first-person experience, witness, and report -- exposed the truth of the Gulag, and were thus banned in the former Soviet Union. Solzhenitsyn won the Nobel in 1970. A Day In The Life Of Ivan Denisovich, the author's fictionalized account of one man's experience in the Gulag, provides a worthy companion to this book. With the recent murder of Russian dissident Alexei Navalny, and Russia's war on Ukraine, both works gain new relevance in the current moment.