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Home & Garden from the 2012 Summer Newsletter

<img src=" width="100" height="130" align="right">These recommendations were published in our <a href="">2012 Summer Newsletter</a>.

American Grown by Michelle Obama

In American Grown, First Lady Michelle Obama not only tells the story of the White House kitchen garden, but also explores how increased access to healthy, affordable food can promote better eating habits and improve the health of families and communities across America. Mrs. Obama describes how her daughters Sasha and Malia were catalysts for change in her own family’s eating behavior, which inspired Mrs. Obama to plant an edible garden on the South Lawn—the first since Eleanor Roosevelt’s “Victory Garden” planted during World War II.
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ISBN: 9780307956026
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Crown - May 29th, 2012

Natural Companions by Ken Druse

Some plants just grow well together, and this gorgeous book—arranged by color, seasons, themes, and more—is the perfect guide to using a variety of plant combinations to create a unique, diverse garden full of motion and contrast. Ken Druse is a gardening expert and his knowledge, wit, and beautiful photographs make this book a pleasure to read or simply admire.
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By Ken Druse, Ellen Hoverkamp (Photographs by)
ISBN: 9781584799016
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - March 1st, 2012

Handmade Houses by Richard Olsen

In Handmade Houses, 100 years of information on environmentally friendly building are presented in a rich format of photos and text. This book brings the topic back to its roots and progresses to the reclaimed look that is popular today. Full of inspiration, interviews, and history, it’s perfect for anyone who appreciates architecture. With its numerous ideas for materials and designs, it’s also ideal for anyone interested in building their own handmade house.
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By Richard Olsen, Lucy Goodhart (Photographs by), Kodiak Greenwood (Photographs by)
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ISBN: 9780847838455
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Rizzoli - March 20th, 2012

The Organic Backyard Vineyard by Tom Powers

Did you know that a 100-foot row of vines can yield up to 175 bottles of wine? If you don’t have a lot of space but want to try your hand at growing grapes, let Bay Area sustainable farmer Tom Powers walk you through the entire process. His new book explains how to design and build a vineyard, how to select and grow grapes, how to maximize yield and harvest for peak flavor, and how to store grapes for winemaking. Cheers!
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ISBN: 9781604692853
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Published: Timber Press - June 12th, 2012

Julia Morgan by Mark Anthony Wilson

Julia Morgan, America’s first truly independent female architect, left a legacy of more than 700 buildings, many in the Bay Area. Her work spanned five decades, and the total of her commissions was greater than any other major American architect, including Frank Lloyd Wright. In paperback at last, this beautiful book tells her remarkable story and is a perfect prelude to Julia Morgan 2012, a six-week statewide festival honoring the architect, which will be held this fall.
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ISBN: 9781423636540
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Published: Gibbs Smith - March 1st, 2012

The Good Food Revolution by Will Allen

Will Allen is a hero to many, including me. Now a pioneering urban farmer and MacArthur “Genius Award” winner, in 1993 Allen left his corporate job to take up farming in a poor Milwaukee neighborhood. He created Growing Power, Inc., which has become a national nonprofit that trains others around the country and the world in sustainable farming techniques that can be used in urban and rural areas. In his new book, Allen points the way to building a new food system that can feed—and heal—broken communities.
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By Will Allen, Charles Wilson (With), Eric Schlosser (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9781592407101
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Gotham Books - May 10th, 2012

California Native Gardening by Helen Popper

This is the first month-by-month guide to gardening with native plants in our beautiful state, which follows a unique, nontraditional seasonal rhythm. A great resource for both experienced and novice gardeners, it includes monthly tasks for growing, propagating, and maintaining plants, as well as inspiration for using natives in a wide variety of gardens, including formal, cottage, herb, and Japanese.
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ISBN: 9780520265356
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Published: University of California Press - March 26th, 2012

The California Casa by Douglas Woods

This beautiful new book showcases my favorite architectural style: Spanish Colonial Revival. The distinctive stucco walls, recessed doors, courtyard gardens, colorful tiles, and wrought-iron work are on full display. “In The California Casa, Douglas Woods has authored a love letter of sorts to Spanish Colonial Revival. The book showcases several exceptional homes through more than 300 photographs, revealing the elements unique to the beloved architectural form.” —The Daily News     
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By Douglas Woods, Melba Levick (Photographs by), M. Brian Tichenor (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9780847838493
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Published: Rizzoli - March 6th, 2012

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