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Karen

I can sum up my thoughts on books with one Joan Didion quote: “We tell ourselves stories in order to live.” Here are a few of the types of books that give me life: graphic novels, YA with queer themes, well-researched non-fiction, books that make me laugh, books that make me cry, and anything that makes me stop and think. Oh, and queen Joan Didion herself, of course.

Libba

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Libba: The Magnificent Musical Life of Elizabeth Cotten (Early Elementary Story Books, Children's Music Books, Biography Books for Kids) Cover Image
By Laura Veirs, Tatyana Fazlalizadeh (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781452148571
Availability: Backordered
Published: Chronicle Books - January 16th, 2018

I am of the opinion that "Freight Train" is the best folk song. So I loved this book about the song's writer, Elizabeth Cotten. Bonus: It's written by folksy dreamweaver Laura Veirs. [karen]


The Year of Magical Thinking

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The Year of Magical Thinking (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781400078431
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Published: Vintage - February 13th, 2007

This memoir is the most moving meditation on grief I have ever read. Didion's writing is so smooth and measured that it leaves me breathless. If you are going through something difficult, this is the book to read. You won't find self help, just a fellow traveler on the difficult road of grief. [karen]


Woman Walk the Line

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Woman Walk the Line: How the Women in Country Music Changed Our Lives Cover Image
By Holly Gleason (Editor)
$24.95
ISBN: 9781477313916
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Published: University of Texas Press - September 20th, 2017

Dolly. Loretta. Emmylou. These are names that mean a lot to a lot of people. These essays express that love. But this book will also introduce you to pioneers like Lil Hardin and Mother Maybelle Carter. [Karen]  


Nowherelands

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Nowherelands: An Atlas of Vanished Countries 1840-1975 Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780500519905
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Published: Thames & Hudson - November 7th, 2017

This book makes you realize that your atlas could become outdated. Here, in deeply researched details, are countries that no longer exist. Some you may have heard of (Biafra), some you may not realize used to be countries (New Brunswick), and some you've never heard of (Tannu Tuva).  [Karen] 


Pie & Whiskey

Submitted by kingsbookstore on Sun, 12/24/2017 - 11:27am
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Pie & Whiskey: Writers under the Influence of Butter & Booze Cover Image
By Kate Lebo (Editor), Samuel Ligon (Editor)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781632171122
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Published: Sasquatch Books - October 24th, 2017

What could be better than butter, booze, and writers? A collection of readings by authors with the prompt that it include pie and whiskey. Each piece is different and it's fun to pick up and select at random. Perfect for the person in your life who loves to indulge. [Karen]


The Future is History

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The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781594634536
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 3rd, 2017

The National Book Award winner for non fiction, Masha Gessen's work about modern Russia offers a window into the psyche of a nation. This is a necessary book for our times. [Karen]


50 Things to Do with a Penknife

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50 Things to Do with a Penknife: Cool Craftsmanship and Savvy Survival-Skill Projects (Carving Book, Gift for Nature Lovers, Hikers, Dads, and Sons) (Explore More) Cover Image
By Matt Collins, Maria Nilsson (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781616896386
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Published: Princeton Architectural Press - October 3rd, 2017

Looking to whittle away the time this holiday season? This book is full of patterns and illustrated instructions to make everything from a doorstop to an earphone winder. [Karen]


Mean

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Mean Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781566894913
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Published: Coffee House Press - November 7th, 2017

At times comedic and other times deeply real, Myriam Gurba's memoir is the coming of age tale. As a queer spoken-word artist, Gurba has reached audiences with her humor and wit. This book is a blend of the best things about memoirs. [Karen]


The Card Catalog

Submitted by kingsbookstore on Sun, 12/24/2017 - 10:55am
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The Card Catalog: Books, Cards, and Literary Treasures (Gifts for Book Lovers, Gifts for Librarians, Book Club Gift) Cover Image
By Library of Congress (Compiled by), Carla Hayden (Foreword by)
$35.00
ISBN: 9781452145402
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Published: Chronicle Books - April 4th, 2017

Chances are, if you're reading this, you're a book lover. So this is the coffee table book for you! Beautifully reprinted are covers and pages from rare books, as well as the historic Library of Congress card catalog that used to keep them organized. You could pore over it for hours and still find something new to discover -- a lot like a real-life library. [Karen]


France Is A Feast

Submitted by kingsbookstore on Sun, 12/24/2017 - 10:49am
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France is a Feast: The Photographic Journey of Paul and Julia Child Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780500519073
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Published: Thames & Hudson - October 24th, 2017

Julia Child is a cooking icon, and this intimate look into her discovery of French cooking is a must-have for the gourmand in your life. The photos, taken by her husband, Paul Child, not only show a cooking icon, but also highlight Paul's talent for photography. [Karen]


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