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Lisa G

Lisa, buyer and assistant manager. My specialty, and greatest love, is international literature. I also love children's books, having two avid young readers at home.

Lisa recommends:

The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home By Susan Wise Bauer, Jessie Wise Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393067088
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 4th, 2009

I've just learned of this book and have delved into it so quickly and with such hunger that I am almost frightening myself. It feels like a holy text for anyone who seeks to learn, as well as a step-by-step manual for introducing one's children to the rigor and the beauty of an examined life.

~ recommended September, 2011 

Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids By Kim John Payne, Lisa M. Ross Cover Image
ISBN: 9780345507983
Availability: Out of Stock In Store
Published: Ballantine Books - August 31st, 2010
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This book is changing my life, as a parent and as a being. I feel so blessed to have found it here, at Booksmith, accidentially, while helping another harried mom look for discipline books in our parenting section. The beauty of simplicity has always intrigued me but not until now have I understood its intimate link to the mysterious virtue of less.

~ recommended July, 2011

The Idle Parent: Why Laid-Back Parents Raise Happier and Healthier Kids By Tom Hodgkinson Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781585428007
Published: TarcherPerigee - May 13th, 2010

The single best parenting book I have ever read, an anti-parenting book really.  If only I'd read it earlier, I think to myself, but there is still time.  Hodgkinson is a hilarious and utterly inspiring guide through the pitfalls of contemporary parenting. Even if one cannot embrace his views completely, just knowing that this perspective exists works as a joyful corrective for the fatigue and anxiety that so often accompany child rearing these days.  Thank you Tom Hodgkinson!

~ recommended May, 2010

Running Away (Belgian Literature) By Jean-Philippe Toussaint, Matthew B. Smith (Translator) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781564785671
Availability: Unavailable
Published: Dalkey Archive Press - November 1st, 2009

A strange little book: evocative, mysterious, more like watching a series of images in a world-less film but also oddly telling and subtly challenging to the reader’s sense of self.

~ recommended January, 2010

Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers By Leonard Koren Cover Image
ISBN: 9780981484600
Availability: Out of Stock In Store
Published: Imperfect Publishing - November 1st, 2008
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If you are thinking about embarking upon a personal renaissance, reading Koren’s Wabi Sabi is one wonderful way to begin.

~ recommended March, 2009