The novella that inspired Stand By Me tells the story of a group of young friends that set out on an adventure to find the body of a boy who mysteriously went missing. What follows is a perfect coming-of-age story that will make you want to lace up your high-top Converse and take a walk down memory lane. A tale of hungry leeches, a pie-eating contest that ends in a total barf-o-rama and some really cool kids.
Three intertwining stories of coming of age in the American West. Beginning in 1870’s San Francisco a young woman named Olive must disguise herself as a man in order to take on a job as a lighthouse keeper. Olive’s story weaves with Victor’s and Lily’s unique and complicated search for home. Beautiful natural settings paired with Strelow’s ability to capture the intricacies of loss are both delicate and illuminating.
Bay Area Writer John Bateson profiles coroner Ken Holmes diving deep info Holmes’ 35 year career as Marin County’s top coroner. Bateson’s research is extensive, with the inclusion of over 800 case files and multiple interviews with Holmes. Cases range from celebrity murders to the deaths of San Quentin’s most notorious prisoners. A riveting look at the politics of death.
Set among the rubble of post-WW II London, Warlight is lyrically luminous and hauntingly atmospheric. After their parents move to Singapore, 14 year old Nathaniel and 16 year old Rachel are left in the care of their mother's mysterious acquaintances, The Moth and the Pimlico Darter. Warlight is a misty and dramatic coming-of-age story full of reflections on the sober realities of postwar life.
Set in the wake of the Spanish Civil War in 1945 Barcelona this book is a wander through a dimly lit, misty, cobbled street. Fantastical and haunting, we follow Daniel, the son of a rare book dealer, who journeys to find all the novels written by the mysterious author Julian Carax only to find someone has been destroying them. A smoky, thrilling read that will transport you to another time.
A delightful collection of stories about America's favorite National Parks. Drawing on fiction, poetry, myths, songs and essays, Campfire Stories is a magical addition to any nature lover's library. From Terry Tempest William's reflection on her autumn spent in Acadia National Park to Curt Buchholtz's satirical story of Rocky Mountain's secret Elk Study team, these stories are to be read aloud under the stars.
Author of Soul of an Octopus and naturalist Sy Montgomery, delves into the menagerie of animals that have transformed her life. Paired with the whimsical drawings from illustrator Rebecca Green, this book highlights the unique lessons in living that animals provide us with. From spiders, pigs and dogs Montgomery illuminates the joy and sometimes heartbreak of even the smallest critters in our lives.
Rolling Stone contributing editor Rob Sheffield tracks his past mix tapes through the 80's and 90's. An intertwining story of falling love and the sudden loss of his wife illustrates how music can preserve single moments as well as help us heal. Each mix tape's collection of songs is both nostalgic and unpretentious displaying Sheffield's true and unfiltered love of music, cool and cheesy, loud and mushy.
This is the story of the Maine "hermit" Christopher Knight who left his job and family at the age of 20 to live in the Maine wilderness where he remained for the next 27 years. Finkel lushly describes Knight's campsite including it's many luxuries including a television and portable radio. Knight's story is both intriguing and disheartening. This book will have you asking yourself, can we ever be truly alone?
Author of the popular New York Times essay, "To Fall in Love with Anyone Do This", Catron reflects on her past relationships as well as her parent's divorce to uncover what it means to be in and out of love. Drawing from film, history, psychology and music, Catron breaks down our idea of love in an engaging and personal way.
Joyful gives readers a look at the way everyday objects and experiences bring us joy. Whether it is the happiness that comes from confetti sent through the mail or the way a circular room can bring a sense of serenity, joy can be found in almost every moment of our lives. This book will make you take note of life's small details maybe even make your day-to-day a little bit more fun (hint: more glitter).
Facebook's COO Sheryl Sandburg looks at the modern workplace and the challenges it poses for women. Insightful and motivating, Sandburg offers solutions for how to make the most out of your career without feeling discouraged. A perfect book for recent graduates or any woman in your life looking to further challenge herself in her career. All sales of this book go toward LeanIn.org, a nonprofit to empower women!