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The boy, the mole, the fox and the horse book cover
The boy, the mole, the fox and the horse book cover

The boy, the mole, the fox and the horse

Charlie Mackesy

GRAPHIC NOVEL Mackesy
Graphic Novels

"A modern, illustrated fable for readers of all ages that explores life's universal lessons from beloved British illustrator Charlie Mackesy"--

Absolutely beautiful illustrations to accompany simple yet sage wisdom for the young and the young at heart. This book is the magic bullet elixir your soul needs right now. My family and friends will definitely be receiving a copy this gift-giving season! Available at ICPL as a book and an eBook. -Victoria

The once and future witches book cover
The once and future witches book cover

The once and future witches

Alix E. Harrow

eAUDIO
Fantasy

"In the late 1800s, three sisters use witchcraft to change the course of history in Alix E. Harrow's powerful novel of magic and the suffragette movement. In 1893, there's no such thing as witches. There used to be, in the wild, dark days before the burnings began, but now witching is nothing but tidy charms and nursery rhymes. If the modern woman wants any measure of power, she must find it at the ballot box. But when the Eastwood sisters -- James Juniper, Agnes Amaranth, and Beatrice Belladonna -- join the suffragists of New Salem, they begin to pursue the forgotten words and ways that might turn the women's movement into the witch's movement. Stalked by shadows and sickness, hunted by forces who will not suffer a witch to vote -- and perhaps not even to live -- the sisters will need to delve into the oldest magics, draw new alliances, and heal the bond between them if they want to survive. There's no such thing as witches. But there will be"--

An engaging tale of three sisters who bring magic and witching back during the time of the women's suffrage movement. A great read for those who enjoy a historical setting, well-developed characters, and a bit of magic. -Becky

Oh She Glows for Dinner: Nourishing Plant-based Meals to Keep You Glowing book cover
Oh She Glows for Dinner: Nourishing Plant-based Meals to Keep You Glowing book cover

Oh She Glows for Dinner: Nourishing Plant-based Meals to Keep You Glowing

Angela Liddon

ON ORDER BOOK
Cookbooks

The author shares her Glow Getters meal prep plans, helpful make-ahead tips, and favorite seasonal and holiday menus, as well as one-pot and on-the-glow meals that will help streamline your busy week. -- Adapted from inside front cover.

This book has many favorite recipes from plant based blogger Angela Liddon. The stuffing balls were great for my family's asynchronous Thanksgiving, the savory porridge sold my partner on "porridge", and the raw peanut noodle salad has long been a hot weather favorite. All these recipes are first time in print and do not disappoint! No doubt the best part of this book is the pictures. Personally a cookbook without pictures is useless to me, but thankfully this is choke full. From quick weeknight meals to Sunday dinner show stoppers, there's a lot to love. -Frannie

Braiding sweetgrass book cover
Braiding sweetgrass book cover

Braiding sweetgrass

Robin Wall Kimmerer

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Nature, Science

"As a leading researcher in the field of biology, Robin Wall Kimmerer understands the delicate state of our world. But as an active member of the Potawatomi nation, she senses and relates to the world through a way of knowing far older than any science. In Braiding Sweetgrass, she intertwines these two modes of awareness--the analytic and the emotional, the scientific and the cultural--to ultimately reveal a path toward healing the rift that grows between people and nature. The woven essays that construct this book bring people back into conversation with all that is green and growing; a universe that never stopped speaking to us, even when we forgot how to listen"--

Blending personal, aesthetic and scientific perspectives on nature, “Braiding Sweetgrass” will have you thinking more about gratitude, restoration, and the relationship between humans and the environment. Kimmerer writes in a poetic style, sharing her own experiences as a mother, a professor, and a Potawatomi woman. A great read! -Becky

The science fiction hall of fame : volume one, 1929-1964 book cover
The science fiction hall of fame : volume one, 1929-1964 book cover

The science fiction hall of fame : volume one, 1929-1964

SCIENCE FICTION Science
Science Fiction

The book you now hold contains twenty-six of the greatest science fiction stories ever written. Robert Heinlein in "The Roads Must Roll" describes an industrial civilization of the future caught up in the deadly flaws of its own complexity. "Country of the Kind," by Damon Knight, is a frightening portrayal of biological mutation. "Nightfall," by Isaac Asimov, one of the greatest stories in the science fiction field, imagines a planet where the sun sets only once every millennium and is a chilling study in mass psychology.

I picked this anthology up for Daniel Keyes' "Flowers for Algernon," but have enjoyed the other stories. I'm not usually big into SCIFI, but this sample platter from the past is fascinating! -Heidi K

Nolo's essential guide to buying your first home. book cover
Nolo's essential guide to buying your first home. book cover

Nolo's essential guide to buying your first home.

643.12 /Nolo
Nonfiction

This timely title will help buyers find the right place to live and invest in--and even enjoy doing it. Filled with interesting facts, real-life stories and insights, and common pitfalls to avoid, this book provides everything to select the right type of home, the right mortgage, and much more.

I'm not going to buy a home any time soon. But, before I find a house that I like, I need to just figure out if home ownership is right for me. What's all involved? What should I know before I start looking and get attached to a place that ultimately is no good for me or my family? Luckily, ICPL has many books about buying a home to help people like me. So far, I've found this guide easy to digest. -Heidi K

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