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Megan's Reviews

A Stash of One's Own by Clara Parkes

With essays on travel, family, good food, and (of course) knitting, Clara Parkes’s second collection of essays, Knitlandia, proved to be a wonderfully entertaining ride around the world of knitting. In A Stash of One’s Own, Parkes uses her love of knitting and her writer’s sensibility to compile her next installment of essays by new and old crafters, from favorites like Amy Christoffers and Kristine Vejar to fine newer voices. - Megan

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A Stash of One's Own: Knitters on Loving, Living with, and Letting Go of Yarn Cover Image
ISBN: 9781419727047
Availability: Backordered
Published: Abrams Press - September 12th, 2017

Slow Knitting by Hannah Thiessen

Slow Knitting is beautiful enough to leave out on your coffee table to pick up, whether you have ten minutes to read a few pages or a few hours to get started on your new sweater. It has everything a good knitting book should: dreamy photography, detailed yarn profiles, thoughts on building a cohesive wardrobe using slow fashion, and terrific patterns. - Megan

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Slow Knitting: A Journey from Sheep to Skein to Stitch Cover Image
ISBN: 9781419726682
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Abrams - October 10th, 2017

The Geometry of Hand Sewing by Natalie Chanin

Seeing the slow fashion movement gain momentum and popularity over the last several years has been a source of joy in my life. Few crafters out there embody the lifestyle of slow fashion better than Natalie Chanin of Alabama Stitch Book. Her new book is peppered with detailed shots of gorgeous garments and samples of a variety of hand-embroidered stitches, from the beautifully basic to the incredibly complex. - Megan

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The Geometry of Hand-Sewing: A Romance in Stitches and Embroidery from Alabama Chanin and The School of Making (Alabama Studio) Cover Image
By Natalie Chanin, Sun Young Park (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781419726637
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Abrams - November 7th, 2017

Remodelista: The Organized Home by Julie Carlson & Margot Guralnick

Beautiful photography, whimsical staging, and organization solutions! The first Remodelista book was an inspiring design book, and this second volume shows all the organizational tips and tricks you need to know. It’s the younger, hipper, cooler version of Real Simple (which I also love). - Megan

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Remodelista: The Organized Home: Simple, Stylish Storage Ideas for All Over the House Cover Image
ISBN: 9781579656935
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Artisan - November 14th, 2017

Pattern Behavior by Natalie Kossar

Most self-respecting sewers know how to laugh at themselves when a project doesn’t go as planned or doesn’t look quite as chic as they had hoped. With Pattern Behavior, you can laugh at something other than yourself between projects. A crafty version of the classic postcard, with its saucy captions it lets you see what those vintage McCall’s girls are up to when you leave them alone in your pattern drawer. - Megan

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Pattern Behavior: The Seamy Side of Fashion Cover Image
ISBN: 9780762462742
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Running Press Adult - October 3rd, 2017

Vacationland by John Hodgman

An excellent balance of thoughtful and hilarious, sharp and poignant, Vacationland is a beautifully written collection of essays on getting older, learning how to be yourself, and tricking strangers into thinking they’ve seen a ghost. Hodgman’s unique voice comes through clearly in his matter-of-fact writing style and it feels like he’s right here talking to you (and only you). If you’ve read everything he’s already written and you’re out of episodes of Judge John Hodgman to listen to, get this book. - Megan

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Vacationland: True Stories from Painful Beaches Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735224803
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Viking - October 24th, 2017

The Devil and Sherlock Holmes by David Grann

Get sucked in to these creepy, weird, wonderful, and strange whodunits brought together in this hidden gem of a book. If you love real-life tales that make you go "Whaaa?" then you will certainly enjoy this collection of stranger-than-fiction essays. From sociopathic serial impersonators to the hunt for the elusive giant squid, this book has something for everyone! - Megan

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The Devil and Sherlock Holmes: Tales of Murder, Madness, and Obsession Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307275905
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Vintage - January 11th, 2011

Dinner: Changing the Game by Melissa Clark

Dinner time? In New York Times food columnist Melissa Clark’s new book, there’s a section for practically every protein imaginable (from seafood to chicken, beans to seitan) and a recipe for the very best version of all of your favorites. With beautiful photography and a comprehensive table of contents, it is full of options and ideas. Whatever you feel like cooking, Clark has you covered. - Megan

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Dinner: Changing the Game: A Cookbook Cover Image
By Melissa Clark, Eric Wolfinger (Photographs by)
ISBN: 9780553448238
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Clarkson Potter - March 7th, 2017

Vibrant India by Chitra Agrawal

Vibrant India presents a refreshing take on vegetarian Indian cuisine, with chapters on breakfast, stir-frys, sweets, and drinks. Each recipe is accompanied by its translated name and a story or anecdote to give it personal or cultural context, making the book fun to flip through to learn about South Indian food culture. If, after browsing the many seasonal recipes, you aren’t sure where to start, look at the back of the book for a starter grocery list and tips on meal planning. - Megan

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Vibrant India: Fresh Vegetarian Recipes from Bangalore to Brooklyn [A Cookbook] Cover Image
ISBN: 9781607747345
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ten Speed Press - March 21st, 2017

Food52 Mighty Salads by Editors of Food52

Want salad for dinner but lacking inspiration about it? Enter Food52! They know you don’t need a recipe to make a salad, but they also know that everyone could use a compendium of fresh (pun intended) ideas. Caesar-Style Kale Salad with Roasted Onions? Yes, please! Grilled Mushroom and Fig Salad? I’ll have seconds! Thanks to Mighty Salads, you can skip the Hidden Valley, forget about the iceberg, and have salad for dinner any day of the year. - Megan

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Food52 Mighty Salads: 60 New Ways to Turn Salad into Dinner [A Cookbook] (Food52 Works) Cover Image
By Editors of Food52, Amanda Hesser (Foreword by), Merrill Stubbs (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780399578045
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ten Speed Press - April 11th, 2017


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