Cozy up with a good read

For LiveWell
Published: 12/1/2017 11:42:35 AM

This holiday season, give the reader on your list a book they will treasure. 

Good Night Storiesfor Rebel Girls

By Francesca Cavallo
and Elena Favilli

These two best friends have hit the jackpot with their collection of short biographies, beautifully illustrated, on heroic women from all the ages and from all walks of life. Their first volume went through the roof in popularity, adored by parents and children, and now they have released a second volume, 200 stories total in this boxed set. A must for every child, boy or girl.

Stone Building

By Kevin Gardner

No one can build stone walls like Hopkinton’s native son Kevin Gardner, and no one can teach us more about the art. Author of the beloved Granite Kiss, now Kevin branches out from walls to also include instruction on other natural stone features that make our houses true New Hampshire homes in Stone Building: How to Construct Your Own Walls, Patios, Walkways, Fire Pits, and More.

Radio Free Vermont: A Fable of Resistance

By Bill McKibben

World-renowned environmentalist and Vermont native Bill McKibben has just released his first venture into fiction, and how much fun is this? As the host of Radio Free Vermont – an “underground, underpowered, and underfoot” radio show – 72-year-old Vern Barclay is currently broadcasting from an “undisclosed and double-secret location.” What if Vermont seceded from the 50 states and operated under a free local economy? Let your imagination roll with the possibilities. Naomi Klein calls it “a story as outrageous as our times.”

Lucy’s Christmas

By Donald Hall,
illustrated by Michael McCurdy

A Christmas classic by our beloved national poet laureate and Wilmot resident Donald Hall. Published by David Godine with the gorgeous illustrations by Michael McCurdy, a very special Christmas story is about to unfold for these children, and Lucy was actually Donald’s mother. Local lore, perfect writing, and engaging pictures make this a must for the children’s book collection.

The Art of Loading Brush: New Agrarian Writings

By Wendell Berry

Thank goodness there is a new Wendell Berry book this season to give to everyone. In this mix of new essays and stories, he writes of our communities becoming as endangered as our landscapes. He gives us the history of our farming life, and explains how we must make these principles relevant for our current lives. For those who have followed the Port William stories over the years, there are wonderful chapters from his next, upcoming novel.

A Simpler Way of Life: Old Farmhouses of New York & New England

By William Morgan
and Trevor Tondro

This is one of the most gorgeous photography books to be enjoyed, taking us into some beautifully preserved New England farmhouses. A book to curl up with and to remind us how absolutely amazing this historical architecture is of New England, blending influences from seventeenth century Europe with the natural world realities unique to this region. Several New Hampshire gems are highlighted as well.

The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen

By Sean Sherman with Beth Dooley

For every cook and lover of natural, local foods, here’s the book from our indigenous culture about real food, that is locally sourced, seasonal, and clean. Sherman is an Oglala Lakota chef who can teach us how to rediscover these native traditions and regional foods, and help us to make elegant and delicious meals for our families.

(Katharine Nevins is co-owner of MainStreet BookEnds of Warner, an independent, family-run, community bookstore since 1998.)

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