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8 Books about Thankfulness

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We love books that change how we relate to our everyday lives. Maybe the best of these books give us an added appreciation and joy for the small things. Here are eight books of appreciation and thankfulness.

Revolution Song: A Story of American Freedom Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393245547
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - November 7th, 2017

Few books really capture the precariousness of the American Revolution like Shorto’s REVOLUTION SONG. Told through the perspectives of six citizens of the American colonies, including a former slave, an independence-minded woman seeking self-sufficiency, and a small farmer trying to make the most of a dangerous situation. This history is accessible, lively, and thouroughly entrancing. REVOLUTION SONG will leave you with a greater love for and appreciation of our national heritage.

Wise Trees Cover Image
By Diane Cook, Len Jenshel, Verlyn Klinkenborg (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781419727009
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - October 17th, 2017

I never thought a book about trees could teach me empathy. Despite the odds, WISE TREES is a surprisingly emotional and powerful collection of images beautifully depicting the world’s oldest and most steadfast trees. Authors Diane Cook and Len Jenshel travelled the globe to photograph and write about some truly spectacular trees, from the startling ginkos of Japan to the great elms of New York City parks. There’s hard-to-describe emotion in following the nooks and twists with your eyes… maybe it’s the realization of a kind of personhood in great trees. WISE TREES is a must-have for your coffee table.

Georgia O'Keeffe: One Hundred Flowers: 30th Anniversary Edition with Slipcase Cover Image
ISBN: 9780935112177
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Published: Callaway Arts & Entertainment - January 1st, 2018

It might just be the case that I’ve never really spent time with the artwork of Georgia O’Keefe. ONE HUNDRED FLOWERS is a survey of beauty, singularity, and natural vibrancy. What’s special about these paintings is how they not only portray the flower, but, in many ways, they capture the feeling of the flower. How daffodils convey sunbursts; orchids, a pristine sadness; and sunflowers, a warmth and optimism. Having ONE HUNDRED FLOWERS is another way to “stop and smell the roses.”

Counting Backwards: A Doctor's Notes on Anesthesia Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393254433
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - November 14th, 2017

COUNTING BACKWARDS is a powerful, powerful book. At once wonderful and worrying, Dr. Henry Jay Przybylo gives us his myriad experiences as a pediatric anesthesiologist, including life-saving procedures on young children and babies. Przybylo doesn’t shy away from the ambiguity and unknown of anesthesia— we know unsettlingly little about the interaction between consciousness and the neural pathways of the body— but he also gives us a clear and empathetic rendering of medicine as an enabler of happiness.

View From Above: An Astronaut Photographs the World Cover Image
By Terry Virts, Buzz Aldrin (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781426218644
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Published: National Geographic - October 3rd, 2017

We were lucky enough to have Commander Virts here at the store for one of our favorite author events yet. Virts speaks and writes in VIEW FROM ABOVE with eloquence, matching his exquisite photographs of the planets surface with stories and observations that will make your heart ache. An adage for astronauts is the unifying effect of viewing humanity from on high— how it unites humanity in one’s mind, and contextualizes our small daily trials in the broader scope of the universe. Virts explores this and other big questions while exploring the planet’s surface with his camera. We love VIEW FROM ABOVE, and we have signed copies!

A Brief History of Feminism Cover Image
By Patu, Antje Schrupp, Sophie Lewis (Translator)
ISBN: 9780262037112
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Published: Mit Press - August 25th, 2017

Here at the store, we’re always looking for sweeping, punchy histories delivered in new and unique ways. Patu and Antje Schrupp’s A BRIEF HISTORY OF FEMINISM is that and more— somehow the illustrations of the book, sometimes ironic but always idealistic, manage to give the reader a quick, yet lasting grasp of the history of the movement. The book gave us a clearer sense of the immense sacrifice of thousands, and how the actions of one generation made it possible for advances in later decades. A BRIEF HISTORY OF FEMINISM is a wonderful gift for the young activist in your life.

The Thin Light of Freedom: The Civil War and Emancipation in the Heart of America Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393292633
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 24th, 2017

Just as REVOLUTION SONG uses individuals as case-studies for the larger conflicts of the Revolutionary War, Edward Ayers brilliantly explores the moral battles of slavery in the Civil War in THE THIN LIGHT OF FREEDOM by comparing two counties on opposite sides of the fighting. This is a difficult book because it confronts us with the fundamental battles in the heart of the nation surrounding morality, religiosity, and the march toward equality. Above all, you’ll finish THE THIN LIGHT OF FREEDOM with a greater appreciation for the complexities of the moral questions around us. Sometimes we should look back to understand where we came from, and to see where we’re headed.

Great Hiking Trails of the World: 80 Trails, 75,000 Miles, 38 Countries, 6 Continents Cover Image
By Karen Berger, Bill McKibben (Foreword by), The American Hiking Society (Contributions by)
ISBN: 9780847860937
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Published: Rizzoli - September 26th, 2017

If you’re a hiker, GREAT HIKING TRAILS OF THE WORLD is a ready-made bucket list. These are the most epic, beautiful, and awe-inspiring hiking paths in the world. If you’re like me and the idea of hiking terrifies and/or unsettles you, this book will inspire awe with its truly astounding photography and funky maps. In a sense, GREAT HIKING TRAILS OF THE WORLD is itself an exploration— the book asks you to strap on the backpack and put on your boots, and to travel through its pages and your imagination. The book wants us to really know the world we live in.