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With the looming devastation of our national treasure, the parks system, this book offers an understanding of their importance to our history and the sanity of our collective respect for the earth. In her reflective and calming voice, Williams offers her thoughts on the parks that have meant the most to her and the great loss from which we'll all be reeling if and when they are degraded. If you find yourself walking through or camping in a national park this summer, Williams will help you see yourself as a part of that landscape. Perhaps only when we again see ourselves as part of the landscape will we see these parks as sacred land worth saving.

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ISBN: 9780374280093
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Sarah Crichton Books - May 31st, 2016

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ISBN: 9781250132147
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Published: Picador - July 3rd, 2017

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Ten years after Sylvia Beach had to close her legendary Paris bookshop, another American ex-patriate, George Whitman, opened Le Librairie Mistral in a tumble-down 16th-century building on the rue de la Bûcherie. When Beach passed away in 1964, he renamed his “socialist utopia masquerading as a bookstore” in her honor. Now run by his daughter and celebrating its 65th anniversary, the place has hosted tens of thousands of writers and, since these literary guests—aka Tumbleweeds—were welcome to stay indefinitely if they did a few hours of work for the store, read a book a day, and left a note, has almost as many stories to tell. Shakespeare and Company, Paris (DAP, $34.95) tells these stories decade by decade in rich collages of photos, poems, letters, and more. A book made for browsing, this volume recounts the store’s own life and times as well as inaugurating its new English-language publishing venture, headed by Krista Halverson. A former managing editor of Zoetrope: All-Story, Halverson guided the magazine’s art direction and worked with guest designers, experience she’s put to excellent use as editor of this sumptuous album of pictures and spirited anthology of testimonials left by writers ranging from James Baldwin to Ray Bradbury, Allen Ginsberg to A.M. Homes.

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By Krista Halverson (Editor), Jeannette Winterson (Foreword by), Sylvia Whitman (Afterword by)
ISBN: 9791096101009
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Published: Shakespeare and Company Paris - September 27th, 2016

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Say you’re a seasoned traveler who’s tired of guides that point you towards the same places every single time. To cure your ills, there’s no better book than Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras, and Ella Morton’s The Atlas Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders (Workman, $35), which comes replete with stories of incredible locations for the curious soul. Why not visit the Canadian Potato Museum, which prides itself on having “the largest exhibit of potato artifacts in the world”? The Child Eater of Bern, a five-hundred-year-old statue in Switzerland depicting a man munching on human babies, whose origin nobody knows? Or for the truly daring: The Gates of Hell, a hole in the ground in Turkmenistan that’s been burning constantly for forty years? It would not be exaggeration for me to say that these are only the tip of the iceberg; this book covers a lot of ground, and all of it will capture the imaginations of both the practical and the armchair traveler. But this is only the beginning. Readers will find more articles waiting on the official Atlas Obscura website, of which this volume represents merely a selection. Especially worth consideration for writers in need of ideas for stories: now, why has that hole in Turkmenistan been on fire for forty years running?

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ISBN: 9780761169086
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Published: Workman Publishing Company - September 20th, 2016