Brookline Giftseller Jes recommends:


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The Public Library: A Photographic Essay Cover Image
By Robert Dawson (Photographer), Ann Patchett (Afterword by), Bill Moyers (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781616892173
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Published: Princeton Architectural Press - April 8th, 2014

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

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City Parks: Public Places, Private Thoughts Cover Image
By Catie Marron (Editor), Oberto Gili (Photographer)
ISBN: 9780062231796
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Published: HarperTorch - October 15th, 2013

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

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Clean Food: A Seasonal Guide to Eating Close to the Source Cover Image
By Terry Walters, Gentl & Hyers (Photographer)
ISBN: 9781454900108
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Published: Sterling Publishing (NY) - October 2nd, 2012

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

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My Milk Toof: The Adventures of Ickle and Lardee Cover Image
ISBN: 9780811878135
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Published: Chronicle Books (CA) - March 23rd, 2011

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

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Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain Cover Image
By Maryanne Wolf, Catherine Stoodley (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780060933845
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Published: Harper Perennial - August 26th, 2008

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

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And the Pursuit of Happiness Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143122036
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Published: Penguin Books - October 30th, 2012

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