Stephen's favorites

Stephen has always been a reader, even if sometimes the books are beyond his grasp.

 

 

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The Book of Unconformities: Speculations on Lost Time Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780804197991
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Published: Pantheon - August 25th, 2020

A haunting and unforgettable meditation on time, loss, and the stories that grow on stone.


Arctic Dreams Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780375727481
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Published: Vintage - October 2nd, 2001

A seminal and highly influential book about the interplay between landscape and humanity.


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Two Cheers for Anarchism: Six Easy Pieces on Autonomy, Dignity, and Meaningful Work and Play Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780691161037
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Published: Princeton University Press - March 10th, 2014

Anarchism may bring to mind chaos and violence, but this poorly understood philosophy has much to recommend for it. James C. Scott, author of the classic 'Seeing Like a State,' lucidly explicates a rich history of anarchist thought in this primer for mutual aid, non-hierarchical political action, and vernacular knowledge. A breath of fresh air in a world where politics seems increasingly untethered from the daily world.


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The Black Jacobins: Toussaint L'Ouverture and the San Domingo Revolution Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780679724674
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Published: Vintage - October 23rd, 1989

CLR James' classic study of Toussaint l'Ouverture and the Haitian slave rebellion is a gripping and, in times like ours when tyranny seems on the rise, inspiring read. Full of intrigue and drama, this epoch-making event is rendered in vibrant colors and with a clear-eyed understanding of its impact in the Caribbean and beyond.


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The Wayfinders: Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World (CBC Massey Lectures) Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780887847660
Availability: Backordered
Published: House of Anansi Press - October 13th, 2009

A beautiful collection of essays about the varieties of ways humans have made their way in this world and a plea for true multiculturalism in the face of an increasingly monolithic worldview. Full of rich insights from years spent in the field, Davis's book is full of insight and incident. A life-affirming book.


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Counternarratives Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780811225526
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Published: New Directions - May 17th, 2016

An unforgettable and haunting collection of thematically linked stories tracing the black experience in the new world. Written in a virtuosic range of styles, Counternarratives announces John Keene as one of our great--and seriously underappreciated--talents.


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A Country Called Childhood: Children and the Exuberant World Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781619025844
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - November 10th, 2015

What a book this is! Written with a passionate exuberance that nearly makes the words jump off the page, A Country Called Childhood is a fierce cry against the (artificial) disconnect between children and the nature. Griffiths hones her righteous indignation, and a variety of examples from indigenous cultures and literature, to argue that children are healthiest when intimately entangled with animals, mud, and the untameable forces of the living world. 


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Eye Level: Poems Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555978020
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Published: Graywolf Press - April 3rd, 2018

I was a member of the poetry committee for the 2018 National Book Awards and no book stood out to me in quite the same way as Jenny Xie's debut collection. With clarity and insight, Xie stakes a claim as one of our exciting young poets.


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An Elemental Thing Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780811216944
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Published: New Directions - May 17th, 2007

Eliot Weinberger, a college drop-out turned tanslator (of Paz, Borges, Bei Dao, and others) writes essays unlike anything you've read. These pieces -- erudite, wide-ranging, poetic -- are of universal scope, touching on topics as diverse (and cohesive) as the varieties of Chinese wind, a history of the rhinocerous in Europe, the Nazca lines in the Peruvian desert, and a reverie on the stars that is breathtakingly beautiful. Weinberger's vast learning is matched by an equally encompassing sense of wonder, and his ability to draw the "exotic" closer, while still permitting it an air of mystery, is a thing to marvel at.


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Trace: Memory, History, Race, and the American Landscape Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781619028258
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - September 13th, 2016

This lyrical and sweeping essay on race, memory, and the American landscape covers ground sadly neglected in much nature writing. Its ethical argument — that the way we treat the environment is inextricable from how we treat our fellow human beings (and vice versa) — is one we should all pay close attention to, now more than ever.


Heaven's Breath: A Natural History of the Wind Cover Image
By Lyall Watson, Nick Hunt (Introduction by)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781681373690
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Published: NYRB Classics - August 13th, 2019

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How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781612197494
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Published: Melville House - April 9th, 2019

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Listening to the Wind Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781571313706
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Published: Milkweed Editions - September 10th, 2019

Cartographer and artist Tim Robinson fled the London art world for the west coast of Ireland and, through decades of wandering on foot, charting the landscape, and collecting stories (as well as making intricate maps), wrote a trilogy of books about Connemara. Combining natural and social history with the perceptiveness of an artist and the lyrical sentences of a poet, Robinson's work offers an unparalleled example of what writing about place can be. 'Listening to the Wind,' the first of the Connemara trilogy, is a work of profound depth and light.


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The Complete Stories of Leonora Carrington Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780997366648
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Published: Dorothy a Publishing Project - April 28th, 2017

A delirious yet finely tuned collection of droll stories from the renowned Surrealist-affiliated painter Leonora Carrington, The Complete Stories reads like fairy tales from a parallel world. If the so-called real world feels dull and uninspired, try this bracing tonic.


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Lolly Willowes Cover Image
By Sylvia Townsend Warner, Alison Lurie (Introduction by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9780940322165
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Published: NYRB Classics - September 30th, 1999

Lolly Willowes is utterly beguiling. A prim and proper British spinster decides unexpectedly to renounce the normality of her staid life and dashes off into the wilds, where witchy things await. Lolly is one of the most memorable characters I've had the pleasure of meeting.


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New Poets of Native Nations Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781555978099
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Published: Graywolf Press - July 10th, 2018

Heid Erdrich has put together one the most exciting collections of poems I have read in ages. Collecting 21 Native poets first published in the twenty-first century, New Poets of Native Nations offers a fresh and dynamic anthology of work that is destined to become a classic of American literature. As Linda Hogan says, this is a watershed moment.


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Ninety-Nine Stories of God Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781941040355
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Published: Tin House Books - July 12th, 2016

Joy Williams is an American treasure and Ninety-Nine Stories of God, a collection of sharp-eyed, occasionally heartbreaking, and often mordantly funny short fictions has become for me an instant desert island book. Williams is no stranger to the darker, inexplicable currents of life, which gives this book a weight far beyond its slimness.


The Mushroom at the End of the World: On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9780691178325
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Published: Princeton University Press - September 19th, 2017

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The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot (Landscapes #3) Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9780147509796
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Published: Penguin Books - September 24th, 2013

If the best books are those that make you itch for something new—or, in this case, something as ancient as walking—Robert Macfarlane’s poetic travel memoir is certainly one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. Tracing his ramblings across moors and seas, up mountains, and along meandering paths, Macfarlane describes in lush, precise prose a natural (and human) world that reveals itself leisurely, step by step. Full of remarkable scenes and a memorable cast of characters, The Old Ways brings to mind recent memoirs like Cheryl Strayed’s Wild and classic nature writing a la Peter Matthiessen. I recommend it with only one caveat: read it with your hiking boots on; it’ll make you want to get up and go.


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The Peregrine Cover Image
By J. A. Baker, Robert Macfarlane (Introduction by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781590171332
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Published: NYRB Classics - December 31st, 2004

To call J.A. Baker's book a book about birds is similar to saying Moby-Dick is a book about whales. This is so much more than ornithology. It's a marvelously textured, understated, and beautifully written account of a man's quest to learn certain aspects of the natural world--to become part of the corner of the universe he's come to inhabit. Baker's language is precise and poetic and his insights, on the behavior of birds and man, are remarkable. I love this book all out of proportion.


Outline: A Novel (Outline Trilogy #1) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250081544
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Published: Picador - February 9th, 2016

Bold and elliptical, Outline does as much to reinvent the novel as anything published in the past twenty years, while still managing to be an unlikely page-turner about a woman who struggles simply to be present in her own life.