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Gardenlust (Timber Press, $40) is both a feast for the eyes and a thrilling peek at the future of garden design. Accoladed gardener Christopher Woods organizes the book geographically, presenting fifty of the world’s most stunning gardens across six continents. Yet the diversity Woods presents goes far beyond the mere geographical. From Enzo Enea’s Tree Museum in Switzerland to Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay, Woods is admirably broad-minded, showcasing an array of exhilaratingly modern—at times envelope-pushing—gardens, both public and private. Throughout, conundrums of globalism, sustainability, native planting, and urbanization are substantively addressed, but it’s the beautiful photographs, highlighting local botany and landscaping genius so incisively, that make this glossy volume. You’ll feel as if you’ve actually traveled across the world to glimpse these gardens. And yet: don’t be surprised if this book is the impetus for your next travels.

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ISBN: 9781604697971
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Published: Timber Press - September 25th, 2018

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Immediately engrossing as her previous novels have been, Unsheltered (Harper, $29.99) resounds with the bright moral clarion call we’ve come to expect from Barbara Kingsolver.  Willa Knox thought she had done everything right. But when her professor-husband’s college shutters, she finds herself in Vineland, New Jersey, suddenly underemployed and responsible for an aging father-in-law, two adult children recently returned to the nest, with mounting stacks of bills and only the leaky roof of an inherited Victorian mansion of slipshod craftsmanship over their heads. Kingsolver pairs this all-too-timely tale of economic vulnerability with that of Thatcher Greenwood, fretting over the same structurally unsound house a century earlier. A principled young science teacher in the Vineland schools, Thatcher longs to introduce the new theories of Charles Darwin one hundred years earlier, but is saddled with responsibilities to his new wife and her status-conscious family.

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ISBN: 9780062684561
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Published: Harper - October 16th, 2018

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In novels and short stories, incisive essays, and steadying poetry, Wendell Berry has spent fifty years writing on his family’s farm in Henry County, Kentucky, about slow and small living. His writing is nuanced and elegant, his output immense. An advocate of the local through and through, Berry’s books have traditionally been crafted by small presses, and accordingly, the original printing of his book-length poem The Farm, by Kentucky's Larkspur Press, has been hard to find. Whether you are a devoted fan or have never heard of him, this long-awaited reproduction of The Farm (Counterpoint, $18.95) is pure Wendell Berry distilled. Featuring the original restrained drawings of Kentucky bookbinder Carolyn Whitesel, Berry’s verse cycles through the yearly tasks of farm management, its transcendent wisdom serenely grounded in his place in the world. It’s a poem not unlike Donald Hall’s “Ox-Cart Man,” serene and sublime in its economy.

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By Wendell Berry, Carolyn Whitesel (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781640090958
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - October 2nd, 2018