Brookline Giftseller Jes recommends:
I don't have to tell you how important reading is - you are visiting a bookstore website. Public Libraries, however, offer so much more than books. Public Libraries make literacy accessible. Public Libraries offer a level playing field of information for everyone. Public Libraries enrich our communities. From the grand halls of our own Boston Public Library (the first lending library in the country, of course) to the one room offerings in small towns across the country; librarians and patrons, reading tables and tall stacks, libraries are so much more than buildings filled with books.
~ recommended September, 2014
Ice skating in Gorky Park, feeling the cool breeze in The Presidio, the colorful canals of Xochimilco, and (my personal favorite) the curves and mosaics of Park Guell. The title captures the spirit of a park perfectly - finding a private, quiet moment in the middle of an amazing city is a wonderful thing. The essays and photos in this collection are a wonderful tribute to the amazing spaces and scenery created for the communities and cities of the world. And if you will excuse me, I am off to the Emerald Necklace.
~ recommended May, 2014
Standing on the edge of Spring has me thinking about food. As usual. Tired of root vegetables and soups, I look forward to cracking open my copy of Clean Foods to Spring. This book is a wonderful resource for anyone looking to tailor their diet to be both seasonal and healthy. Focused on eating clean, whole foods, Terry Walters gives us both great information and easy, adaptable, and delicious recipes.
~ recommended March, 2014
What would you do if two baby teeth showed up on your doorstep unannounced? Would you turn them away, into the harsh winter? Or would you invite them in and document their adorably amazing lives? I know I've never said no to a stray, and neither should you.
~ recommended January, 2014
Reading is something we might take for granted when you learn just how long it took for our brains to understand the concept of a written alphabet.
"Although it took roughly 2000 years to make the cognitive breakthroughs necessary to learn to read an alphabet, today our children have to reach those same insights about print in roughly 2000 days."
If reading about language interests you, this should be right up there for you.
~ recommended June, 2013
Maira Kalman shows us our own history through art, prose, and new observation of old traditions. Funny, touching, and beautiful, this is a wonderful tribute to American democracy, our history, and ourselves.
~ recommended January, 2013