Kim's Picks

KimKim graduated with degrees in English Literature, Women and Gender Studies, and LGBTQ Studies, and is always happy to help you find that reality-shattering read (disclaimer: they're often considered “progressive”). When she's not chasing a toddler, running her organic bakery, painting, gardening, or practicing yoga (she can help you find books on these subjects, also!), you might find her at the bookstore ordering some of our ridiculously fun gift items for children and adults. Her favorite words include peregrinations, approbations, enraptured, performativity, chaturanga, verity, fauna, alas and lush.
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Nelson Mandela Cover Image
By Kadir Nelson, Kadir Nelson (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780061783746
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - January 2nd, 2013

From Mandela's first arrest and his time underground, to his capture, 27 and a half years in prison, his eventual release and his election to the presidency, this book is a wonderful introduction to this fascinating, influential man, and his work to create a free South Africa. –Kim
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Navigating Early Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780385742092
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Published: Delacorte Press - January 8th, 2013

This is a story about friendship and finding one's bearings. Deep and emotional, this is a story that adults will love as much as young readers, and it might be a lovely book to read aloud and share together. Ages 10 and older. –Kim
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The Queen of Water Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780375859632
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Published: Ember - March 13th, 2012

Frank, inspiring, and painful, this true story of Marìa Virginia Farinango's journey from servitude and internalized shame to freedom and self-discovery will give you chills. Addressing themes of poverty, prejudice, literacy, cultural identity, parent/child relationships, and coming of age, this beautifully written novel is as heartbreaking as it is heartwarming, and will keep readers captivated. –Kim
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Straw Bale Gardens: The Breakthrough Method for Growing Vegetables Anywhere, Earlier and with No Weeding Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781591865506
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Cool Springs Press - March 15th, 2013

Karsten has been experimenting with the straw bale gardening method for several years. In his book, he lays out detailed step- by-step instructions for how to purchase, arrange, condition, and plant in your bales, which essentially feed your plants as the straw composts down. The benefits include easy access due to their height, a disease-free, weed-free, stone- and clay- and gopher-free planting medium, moisture retention, compost material, and the ability to grow on just about any surface. —Kim

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Cloud Atlas Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780375507250
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Published: Random House Trade - August 17th, 2004

Incredible language-- comparable to Nabokov's mastery. A labyrinth of a story-- themes of colonialism, environmentalism, & of course, reincarnation. –Kim


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Rain of Gold Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385311779
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Delta - September 1st, 1992

The storytelling, the landscape, the unforgettable characters – this book will open your eyes and keep you reading. So awesome. –Kim


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As a Friend Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780811217453
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - September 1st, 2008

Hauntingly beautiful, pristine language. Lyrical, heartbreaking – a visual experience. This bright, shining gem of a novel will astound you. A lyrical treasure. Wonderful words from a brilliant author. One of my all-time favorites. –Kim


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Wool Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781476733951
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Published: Simon & Schuster - March 12th, 2013

I really did “live in” this book. Extremely addictive. Howey creates a vivid dystopic world-- one full of the clumsy, often painful authenticities of people. You will not put this book down, and you will be eager for the books that Howey intends to follow this. Soon to be classic. –Kim


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The Ocean at the End of the Lane Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9780062255655
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Published: William Morrow & Company - June 18th, 2013

The newest Neil Gaiman will leave you wandering the Sussex landscape for a while after reading the final pages. Atmospheric and engaging, where the magical hides behind the ordinary, and the terrible shows up at your dinner table, this is a classic Gaiman horror, and slightly reminiscent of Clive Barker. In addition to the fantastical, Gaiman explores with heart and depth the vulnerability, fear, anxiety and helplessness of childhood in the face of adult power. You will relate to the narrator as you remember the nightmares of your own childhood, and the charm of the heroism found within these pages will have you wishing for more. –Kim


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The Golden Compass: His Dark Materials Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780375823459
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Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - September 10th, 2002

Epic in every sense of the word. Hugely imaginative, philosophically intriguing, emotionally charged. Read the whole series! –Kim


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The Dog Stars Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780307950475
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Published: Vintage Books - May 7th, 2013

All the devastation of the apocalypse-- the sadness, loss, guilt-- blended with beauty, humanity and humor. An engaging story, meditative and original. –Kim


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The Bluest Eye Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780307278449
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Published: Vintage - May 8th, 2007

This is a very important book. The author herself writes of it in her afterward, "...this is a terrible story about things one would rather not know anything about." This book had me cringing and broken-hearted, devastated for its truths. It is brutal, provocative, depressing and uncomfortable, but real, honest and eye-opening. Not an easy read, but a worthwhile one. If you feel like setting comfort aside for a moment and seeing the world from a disenfranchised perspective, this might be the book for you. –Kim


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White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781593764258
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Published: Soft Skull Press - September 13th, 2011

Author Tim Wise writes, "I fight racism because racism is evil and I don't want to contribute to, or collaborate with, evil. I fight it because it's a sickness in my community, and I'm trying to save myself from it." In the highly accessible White Like Me, Wise grounds his personal narrative in an exploration of white privilege that will make readers examine the intersections of race, privilege, and class in their own lives. A majorly important book, provokingly honest, and highly recommended. You can also read his most recent book, Dear White America. –Kim